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Old March 8th, 2015, 10:56 PM   #2141
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Class 91 In The New Virgin East Coast Livery.
Seen crossing the Royal Border Bridge in Berwick working the 1S13
London King's Cross to Edinburgh


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Old March 9th, 2015, 07:22 AM   #2142
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Is there an automatic announcement on board for this train station?

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Old March 10th, 2015, 12:07 AM   #2143
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Unfortunately not its a request stop so it doesn't have the standard announcements.
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Old March 10th, 2015, 11:00 AM   #2144
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Old March 10th, 2015, 08:36 PM   #2145
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From Railway Gazette:

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FirstGroup targets airlines with London – Edinburgh open access proposal
10 Mar 2015


First Hull Trains service at London King's Cross

UK: FirstGroup has applied to the Office of Rail Regulation for track access rights which would enable it to launch an open access passenger service between London King’s Cross, Stevenage, Newcastle, Morpeth and Edinburgh from 2018.

The service of five return trains/day with journey times of 4 h to 4½ h would be designed specifically to encourage travellers to switch from air to rail. FirstGroup says two-thirds of journeys between London and Edinburgh are made by air, and because its proposal ‘specifically targets segments of the market where the rail industry’s share of the market is currently less than 50%, our proposals are not primarily abstractive and will grow the overall rail market’

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Old March 11th, 2015, 06:36 AM   #2146
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As a regular London-Edinburgh commuter, I'd much prefer that this group was given the green light:

http://www.alliancerail.co.uk/gner/

They're aiming to put Pendolinos on the route and bring the journey time under 4 hours - plus the livery they're looking to use is gorgeous.
First's bid is essentially the same as the current East Coast route but swapping York for Stevenage and Berwick upon Tweed for Morpeth.
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Old March 12th, 2015, 05:08 PM   #2147
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Abellio and Hitachi sign ScotRail train contract
12 Mar 2015


Hitachi Rail Europe AT200 electric multiple-unit


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UK: Hitachi Rail Europe and Abellio formally announced the signing of the previously-announced contract for the supply and maintenance of 70 electric multiple-units for the next ScotRail franchise on March 12.

The EMUs are being financed by Caledonian Rail Leasing, a special purpose vehicle created by SMBC Leasing. The Scottish government has guaranteed the use of the EMUs on Scotland’s rail network for at least 25 years, at which point it could buy the fleet for a nominal £1.

The contract for 46 three-car and 24 four-car units is the first order for Hitachi’s AT200 design. The 25 kV 50 Hz EMUs will have 23 m long cars, end gangways, a maximum speed of 160 km/h and a design life of 35 years

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First Hitachi IEP trainset arrives in Britain
12 Mar 2015









UK: The first pre-series Class 800 trainset for the Intercity Express Programme was unloaded at the port of Southampton’s Queen Elizabeth II Terminal on March 12, watched by guests including Transport Minister Claire Perry and the city’s mayor.

The five-car electro-diesel trainset left Hitachi’s Kasado factory in Japan on January 7. It was shipped from the port of Kobe on January 22/23, travelling to Britain via the Panama Canal on the Wallenius Wilhelmsen ro-ro ship Tamerlane which arrived in Southampton on March 11

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Old March 16th, 2015, 01:02 AM   #2148
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Is there an automatic announcement on board for this train station?
I take a train sometimes that goes over that way and when they announce it on board they abbreviate it to Llanfair PG.
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Old March 18th, 2015, 05:14 PM   #2149
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More news on Waterloo redevelopment, taken from Railway Gazette:

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Consortium to plan 30% capacity increase at London Waterloo
18 Mar 2015



UK: The South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance of train operator SWT and infrastructure manager NR announced on March 18 that it had appointed a consortium of Skanska, Colas Rail, Aecom and Mott MacDonald to plan and undertake a four-year multi-million pound programme to provide a ‘step change’ in capacity at London Waterloo station.

The appointment of the contractors ‘is an important step forward in our commitment to boost peak time capacity by 30% by 2018’, said Christian Roth, Fleet Director of the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance. ‘Waterloo is the country's busiest station, with 98 million people using it every year and South West Trains has seen passenger numbers double in 20 years.’

The contractors are to develop detailed plans which will then be submitted to the Office of Rail Regulation and Department for Transport for approval. The scope will include lengthening platforms 1-4 to enable the operation of 10-car trains on suburban routes, and reopening the former Waterloo International platforms for regular use by commuter services

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30% more capacity by 3-4 years from now? That is fast. I guess having those "old" Eurostar platforms help
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Old March 21st, 2015, 11:15 AM   #2151
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From Construction Enquirer:

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Northern Powerhouse transport plan unveiled
Friday 20th March 2014, 7:35





Plans to revolutionise travel in the north, including a multi-billion pound TransNorth rail system and road investments, have been set out in a blueprint to build a Northern Powerhouse

The Government today published its Northern transport strategy report to deliver faster rail journeys, road investment, travel cards, better airport routes and building the high-speed HS2 route sooner.

Network Rail has costed out several rail improvement options to connect the cities of the north, which highlight eye-popping costs for Government.

New railways connecting Sheffield, Hull, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Newcastle upon Tyne could cost up to £65bn

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Old March 25th, 2015, 06:10 PM   #2152
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Hi there,
I'm doing some academic research (non-profit!) on the competitiveness of rail transport on Milton Keynes - London route. Would you be so kind to fill a short questionnaire for me if you use this route (train or bus)? It takes less than 3 minutes.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1erD...gZCOg/viewform
I'll try to share the results here when it's finished
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Old March 25th, 2015, 10:48 PM   #2153
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I use the train every weekday (and most weekends) between Milton Keynes and London Euston, mostly for commuting to work (SW1). MK is 'lucky' in the fact that rail privatisation mean competitive ticket prices between the different TOCs, as well as the WCML modernisation meaning a 30 minute journey time on the Virgin Pendolino.

Very few people use the coaches between MK and London, as the journey time is considerably longer (1hr+) and the prices uncompetitive (vs. train)
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Old March 26th, 2015, 06:58 PM   #2154
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link_road_17/7, thanks for the information, it's very useful to know the opinion of frequent user

BTW, I've travelled several times on this route and had similar feelings about it. Rail fares are surprisingly competitive on this route. However, I used the coach when I was going further from London and had to change at Victoria. So I guess it may be a good option in such case.
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Old March 28th, 2015, 12:27 PM   #2155
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From BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-32075699

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Gateshead rail academy officially opens

A rail academy, giving students experience of working on the tracks, has officially opened its doors in Gateshead.

The £5m facility, run by Newcastle College, has indoor and outdoor tracks, overhead lines and signal boxes.

It is thought to be the first of its kind in the UK, and aims to address a national skills gap, due to an ageing workforce in the rail sector.
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Old March 30th, 2015, 10:58 PM   #2156
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Official from Network Rail:

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Euston eateries to open this May
Tuesday 24 Mar 2015



New food and beverage units at Euston, London’s fourth busiest railway station, will start to open from May 2015, with construction well underway on a £12.5 million project to create more space and offer more choice for passengers and the local community.

Over 71 million passengers travel through Euston annually, and they will soon enjoy an increased and varied retail and dining offer along with a more user-friendly station layout.

The Euston Station Balcony Development Scheme will include more than 11,000 sq ft of food and beverage space with a new balcony level opening up the station and providing passengers with an area to relax and eat away from the hustle and bustle of the station concourse

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From Rail Journal:

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New operators take over Scottish franchises
Wednesday, April 01, 2015



MOST of Scotland's passenger services are in the hands of new operators with the transfer of the Scotrail franchise from First to Abellio and the launch of the new Caledonian Sleeper franchise

Netherlands Railways (NS) international subsidiary Abellio launched the new Scotrail franchise at Stirling station on April 1, taking over from First Group, which has operated the franchise since 2004.

Abellio will operate the franchise for a minimum of seven years with an option for a three year extension, which will be decided in 2020. The contract also includes a five-year break clause

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Old April 1st, 2015, 09:27 PM   #2158
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Hardly news, its been known for months.

Are they using the Class 92s yet?
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Old April 1st, 2015, 09:43 PM   #2159
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Hardly news, its been known for months. Are they using the Class 92s yet?
Certainly some of the four sleeper-train specific GBRF class 92s are already being driven around and I suspect that all four are now in fact ready for their new WCML duties.

They look rather good as well in the new dark blue livery. This colour scheme reminds me of the former British Rail blue, a much smarter version of it though.
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Old April 2nd, 2015, 02:28 AM   #2160
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To celebrate the launch of ScotRail operated by Abellio, Abellio are giving away £ 1 million worth of tickets! Any UK resident can claim up to two off-peak return tickets via the website www.freescotrailtickets.com.

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Are they using the Class 92s yet?

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