It's potentially good news, but we're holding our breath.
The devil will be in the detail - there's too many "ifs and maybes" at the moment. And there's always the thought that they'll simply achieve the same thing over a few years by salami slicing and closures under the radar. Don't forget, that's how day watch closures and the MRCC closures at Land's End, Hartland, Moray, etc were done. By the time the protests started at the closure of the last station, it was too late.
The service does need to modernise and change, but slash and burn isn't the way, especially given the farce over regional fire control which was so resolutely opposed by...ah yes, one Mike Penning MP (now Shipping Minister) when in opposition.
The people at MCA HQ behind these plans aren't going anywhere, and I suspect neither are their overall aims...