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Old December 3rd, 2014, 05:51 PM   #2001
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Autumn Statement: New trains for northern rail routes

Commuters at a Northern Rail station Passengers in the north of England will be getting new rolling stock
Autumn Statement 2014


Investment in new rolling stock for rail franchises in the north of England has been announced by the government.

The move is part of Chancellor George Osborne's ambition to create a northern economic "powerhouse".

It means the Northern Rail and Trans-Pennine Express routes will see the current "pacer" trains replaced with new and modern vehicles.

Mr Osborne said in his Autumn Statement announcement that the current rolling stock was "ancient and unpopular".

Pacer trains were built between 1980 and 1987, and were originally intended a short-term solution to a shortage of rolling stock, but remain in use today.

The Northern Rail franchise covers a large swathe of the north, operating both commuter and some longer routes from the north-west of England across to the north-east of the country.

Its services also extend to the midland counties of Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, and Staffordshire.

The Trans-Pennine Express service runs regular inter-city services between major cities in the north of England as well as to the Scottish central belt area.

full story...http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30311722


This is great news for the North of England, much needed new stock
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Old December 4th, 2014, 08:51 PM   #2002
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More on the above story...

Chancellor signals scrapping of 'unpopular' Pacers

THE much-criticised Pacer trains which are still in use on many routes in the north of England are to be replaced, the Chancellor has promised.

The news came during his Autumn Statement to Parliament, in which he said: "I can confirm today that we will tender for new franchises for Northern Rail and the Trans-Pennine Express – replacing the ancient and unpopular pacer carriages with new and modern trains."

The Pacers were built in the early 1980s by British Rail, at a time when its finances were under great pressure and further line closures were being considered. At the time, the trains -- based on Leyland National bus bodies and without bogies -- were seen as the only possible replacement for the first-generation diesel multiple units from the 1950s and 1960s which were reaching the end of their lives.

They are not compliant with a forthcoming tightening of accessibility rules, and conversion would be expensive. They are often criticised for the quality of their ride and their poor resistance to collision impacts.

The Chancellor also confirmed major investment in railways in the north of England. He said: "Our ambition is to build a northern powerhouse as a complement to the strength of our capital city, where we bring together our great cities of the North. Since I set out that ambition less than six months ago we have proposed, reported on, and given the green light to the concept of High Speed 3.

"This week we commit billions of pounds to other road and rail improvements across the whole of the North of England."

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Old December 5th, 2014, 04:33 PM   #2003
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Good! I saw the budget and the infrastructure plans. Looks like the UK is set for massive improvements to the rail network. Good stuff indeed!

I mean, look at this:

https://www.gov.uk/government/upload...nnex_FINAL.pdf
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Old December 6th, 2014, 02:51 AM   #2004
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Northern have put some pics on their website of the class 319: http://www.northernrail.org/northern/electric-trains
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Old December 7th, 2014, 10:40 PM   #2005
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I'll be glad to see the back of the Pacers. I used to use them a lot between Liverpool and Manchester. They were completely clapped out, slow, dirty and uncomfortable. I hope they get rid of the FGW Pacer fleet too. Taking one of those all the way from Exeter the Barnstaple was an exercise in endurance.
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Old December 18th, 2014, 12:42 PM   #2006
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Audit criticises British rolling stock procurement
Thursday, December 18, 2014



A report published by Britain's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on December 17 has criticised the Department for Transport's (DfT) handling of two major rolling stock procurement projects, arguing that the government has taken on a disproportionate share of the risk because of the DfT's failure to fully investigate other methods of financing new trains

A total of 866 long-distance vehicles are being supplied by the Agility Trains consortium under the DfT's Intercity Express Porgramme (IEP), while Cross London Trains is supplying 1140 suburban EMUs for the Thameslink Programme. The combined value of these two contracts is around £10.5bn.

Under both contracts, the winning bidder is responsible for financing, supplying and maintaining the rolling stock for 20 years in the case of Thameslink and 27.5 years for IEP

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Looking at the arrivals board at my local station in Shrewsbury just now it seems there is a Christmas shopping special today coming from Basingstoke of all places. Sends like a bizarre route...

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Old December 20th, 2014, 05:30 PM   #2008
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Fleeing Basingstoke to somewhere attractive?
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Old December 30th, 2014, 09:31 AM   #2009
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Network Rail launches inquiry into train service disruption
Monday, December 29, 2014



THE CEO of Britain's infrastructure manager Network Rail (NR), Mr Mark Carne, has ordered an inquiry into the cause of late-running infrastructure work which resulted in the closure of London King's Cross station for an entire day on December 27 and major disruption to services out of London Paddington

Passengers intending to travel on the East Coast Main Line had to journey north by Underground to Finsbury Park in order to board trains, while late-running engineering works on the Great Western Main Line led to numerous cancellations and delays to train services to western England.

"While we have completed a huge amount of work across the country which will improve millions of journeys, the last few days for many passengers have been miserable and again I apologise for the disruption this caused. The track work outside King's Cross has now been completed and we now move our focus to completing the other important projects over the New Year without any further unplanned disruption to passengers.

"Following the problems experienced at King's Cross and Paddington over Christmas, I have instructed Dr Francis Paonessa, who is the NR infrastructure projects director, to provide a report into the sequence of events and associated decision making that led to the problems experienced and to advise any immediate steps that we need to take to increase the robustness of our works delivery capability," says Carne. "I expect the report by the end of next week and I intend to publish the findings."

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Old January 5th, 2015, 08:37 PM   #2012
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Video of newly completed Reading viaduct by this link:
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Old January 7th, 2015, 03:10 PM   #2014
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First Hitachi IEP trainset sets off for the UK
07 Jan 2015





The first pre-series Class 800 trainset ordered under the Intercity Express Programme left Hitachi’s Kasado plant on January 7.The first pre-series Class 800 trainset is scheduled to arrive in the UK in March.
UK: The first pre-series Class 800 trainset ordered under the Intercity Express Programme left Hitachi’s Kasado plant in Japan on January 7 for delivery to the UK. It is scheduled to be shipped from the port of Kobe on January 22 and arrive in the UK in March.

The five-car electro-diesel trainset will be fitted with measuring systems for running tests to be undertaken on the East Coast Main Line by Hitachi Rail Europe, which will enable acceptance of the trainset by Agility Trains, the special-purpose company that will own the IEP trainsets and provide them to the Great Western and InterCity East Coast franchisees. The pre-series trainset will also be used for staff training.

‘After unveiling this train in November last year, I am immensely proud that we today see the first shipment leave our factory in Kasado’, said Alistair Dormer, Global CEO of Hitachi Rail. ‘Our engineering teams in the UK and Japan have been working exceptionally hard with all stakeholders to ensure that this train will be ready for testing in the UK from April this year onward.’

A total of 12 trainsets are to be built in Japan, including two five-car and one nine-car pre-series trainsets, before assembly switches to Hitachi Rail Europe’s £82m plant under construction at Newton Aycliffe in northern England. This is scheduled to be completed in summer 2015, with the recruitment of 730 staff underway and production to begin in 2016
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West Coast Main Line open-access bid rejected
Thursday, January 08, 2015



BRITAIN's Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has rejected proposals by Arriva subsidiary Great North Western Railway (GNWR) to introduce long-distance open-access services from London to Huddersfield, Leeds, and Blackpool via the West Coast Main Line (WCML)

GNWR sought access rights until 2027 and planned to lease a fleet of eight new six-car Alstom Pendolino EMUs to operate six daily off-peak return services from London to Blackpool from May 2017 and six daily off-peak services from London to Leeds via Huddersfield from December 2018. Alliance had previously sought a more extensive track access agreement which also included services to Bradford and Carlisle but this was rejected by the ORR in December 2013 due to concerns around capacity constraints at the southern end of the WCML.

While several freight and passenger operators expressed concerns that there might be insufficient capacity at the southern end of the WCML to accommodate GNWR, infrastructure manager Network Rail (NR) told the ORR that the proposed services could be accommodated with better use of existing capacity, particularly after reworking of the timetable

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Old January 13th, 2015, 06:15 PM   #2017
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Battery train enters passenger service
13 Jan 2015









UK: The prototype Independently Powered Electric Multiple-Unit has entered trial passenger service on the Manningtree –Harwich branch, where it is scheduled to operate on weekdays between January 12 and February 13.

The IPEMU comprises a Bombardier Electrostar Class 379 four-car 25 kV 50 Hz EMU which has been retrofitted with Valence Technology lithium iron magnesium phosphate batteries for off-wire use. It will be used to assess the potential for battery-powered trains to be used on non-electrified routes between electrified lines, or on branch lines which would be expensive to electrify. The data gathered will help to determine whether any future IPEMU should be a straight battery unit or an overhead-battery hybrid

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Are there any specs for this train? What speeds can it reach when running on batteries? Can it run in cold weather without the batteries going flat very quickly?
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I assume charging will take place on the stretches when the train is under the wires ?
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