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Old January 14th, 2016, 12:49 PM   #2301
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Old January 18th, 2016, 07:50 PM   #2302
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AFTER nine months of delays Coventry Arena railway station has finally opened to the public and welcomed its first handful of passengers.

The first trains pulled into the £3.4million station from around 6.10am today with passengers bound for both Coventry and Nuneaton A single carriage train capable of holding 75 people runs from the station in each direction every hour. It will also service Bedworth railway station and the new Bermuda Park station that also opened today.

However, as previously revealed by the Telegraph , supporters of Coventry City FC and Wasps will not be able to use the arena station on matchdays due to safety concerns.

There will also be no capacity to transport concert-goers - unless sponsors charter trains for major events.

Train operators London Midland says a lack of trains means it would be able to increase the standard service capable of transporting 75 people every hour, which could cause safety problems with overcrowding before and after sports fixtures and concerts.

http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/new...entry-10750990
Link above includes a video of trains at the station.


12.153354 begins to draw away from Coventry Arena at 06.47 on 2G34 the 06.33 ex Nuneaton to Coventry the first public train to run southbound from this station and only the second ever! by Simon Mortimer, on Flickr
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Old January 19th, 2016, 01:26 AM   #2303
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There will also be no capacity to transport concert-goers - unless sponsors charter trains for major events.

Train operators London Midland says a lack of trains means it would be able to increase the standard service capable of transporting 75 people every hour, which could cause safety problems with overcrowding before and after sports fixtures and concerts.
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Old January 19th, 2016, 05:32 PM   #2304
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However, as previously revealed by the Telegraph , supporters of Coventry City FC and Wasps will not be able to use the arena station on matchdays due to safety concerns.

There will also be no capacity to transport concert-goers - unless sponsors charter trains for major events.
If I know the use of "also", then it means that there are additional safety reasons besides lack of capacity?

I have two possible versions:
Are they saying that the platforms are too narrow even if there was transportation capacity? (because in the pictures they look narrow) If that's the case, what in God's name where they thinking when they made the project for a station next to the arena? I can only guess that Network Rail had handled to the planners just the railway territory plan and said "Please design a station here" with no additional info. But even then the planned station's name "Coventry Arena" could have been a giveaway that suggests that more spacious platforms are needed.
The other safety reason I could think of would be terrorism threat due to huge masses of people in the same place. But it's the same with the Tube and they haven't closed down that one due to safety concerns.
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Old January 19th, 2016, 08:01 PM   #2305
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If I know the use of "also", then it means that there are additional safety reasons besides lack of capacity?
No, it's partly down to the lack of spare trains to use to run longer/extra services for the events at the stadium. Also there needs to be a new platform built at the main station in Coventry which means there will be extra space to reverse trains without them needing to access the main line. So one day the problem will go away
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Old January 21st, 2016, 06:44 AM   #2306
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LONDON RAILWAY ATLAS (4TH ED)



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Old January 21st, 2016, 12:45 PM   #2307
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TfL to take command of the capital's entire suburban rail network with London Overground


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Old January 21st, 2016, 02:26 PM   #2308
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That is a bit of good news I think. I really liked the Overground when I last used it. Much easier to make sense of the capitals commuter rail network when it is unified under one label and included properly on maps. Now all that has to happen is to have each line identified clearly as distinct from one another so that routing for passengers is not such a problem.
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Old January 21st, 2016, 02:45 PM   #2309
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Frankly the Overground seems to work better than franchises maybe because those lines were put on tube map and people aren’t so much confused about other rail operators and selection of their services so Overground may drive passengers into rail "metro services" rather than clogging trains bound for longer distances. The only thing that makes me mad with Oveground is use of only longitudinal seats due to which You can't admire passed landscape and as Overground runs over ground there is much to see. The second thing would be loosing of through tickets when using one operator from countryside to location in eastern London.
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Old January 21st, 2016, 02:53 PM   #2310
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I'm just going to post half my post from the other thread here to help clarify:
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You'd have thought that the Standard would understand that "Commuter services running from Cannon Street, Charing Cross, Moorgate, Victoria, Waterloo and London Bridge, would all be transferred under the plans" (their third slide in the video) is not the headline/first slide "entire suburban rail network".

The following suburban lines are not going to be Overground come 2021
  • GWML suburban services (OK, TfL will have these under their control with Crossrail)
  • Greenford Branch (probably will be run by Chiltern)
  • Marylebone suburban services (as TfL feel Chiltern is awesome)
  • Thameslink (which will still be run by the TOC)
  • Liverpool Street suburban via Tottenham Hale (awaiting Crossrail 2)
  • Stratford - Angel Road service (awaiting Crossrail 2)
  • GEML suburban services (OK, TfL will have these under their control with Crossrail)
  • Fenchurch Street routes (as TfL feel c2c is awesome)
  • Blackfriars terminators (? they weren't listed, though the peak services via Herne Hill are on the map)
LondonReconnections wrote it all up in October
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Old January 21st, 2016, 06:11 PM   #2311
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To clarify, all the new Overground lines are electric, correct?
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Old January 21st, 2016, 09:50 PM   #2312
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To clarify, all the new Overground lines are electric, correct?
Yes.
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Old January 22nd, 2016, 09:51 AM   #2313
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But are they all OHLE? Or do any lines south or the Thames use third rail?
iirc all the current Overground is OHLE, right? But if all the lines mentioned in that article become part of the Overground will that mean it'll have lines with third rail?
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Old January 22nd, 2016, 11:26 AM   #2314
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CAF to supply 98 trains for Britain's Northern franchise
Friday, January 22, 2016



BRITISH rolling stock leasing company Eversholt Rail announced on January 22 that it has signed contracts with Arriva Rail North and CAF to finance and procure 281 regional multiple unit vehicles for the new nine-year Northern franchise, which starts in April

The £490m order comprises 31 three-car and 12 four-car EMUs together with 25 two-car and 30 three-car DMUs, all of which are due to enter service by December 2018. The 160km/h trains will be based on CAF's Civity platform and assembly will be carried out at CAF's facilities in Spain

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Old January 22nd, 2016, 12:03 PM   #2315
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Link to pretty awesome map showing all 2,500 rail stations on the main Great Britain rail network together with passenger numbers and how much they have grown since 1997.

http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/maps/rail-usage.html
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Old January 22nd, 2016, 01:41 PM   #2316
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But are they all OHLE? Or do any lines south or the Thames use third rail?
iirc all the current Overground is OHLE, right? But if all the lines mentioned in that article become part of the Overground will that mean it'll have lines with third rail?
The border between third rail and overhead electrification is roughly but not exactly the Thames.

Existing Overground is third-rail on the East London Line (all the way up to Highbury&Islington) and south of Westway on the West London Line (to Clapham Junction) - and the Watford DC lines are third-rail too. GOBLIN is not electrified at all, but is being done with overhead.

Also, the South-facing termini north of the Thames (Victoria, Charing Cross, Cannon Street, Blackfriars, etc) are all third-rail. Thameslink's switchover point is Farringdon.

The Hounslow loop (SWT) is third-rail north of the Thames, while HS1 is OHLE South of the Thames.

If you're thinking about conversions, remember that any line that is shared with Underground has to be third-rail (with the LU fourth-rail electrically bonded to the running rails), which is why Watford DC has never been converted, as it shares track with Bakerloo and will with Metropolitan as part of the new Croxley Link.

It's mostly just WLL and Thameslink services that require dual-voltage trains.
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Old January 22nd, 2016, 02:09 PM   #2317
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Gunnersbury - Richmond means that the NLL requires dual voltage trains.

London Reconnections has got its article explaining the proposal in detail up.
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Old January 22nd, 2016, 02:38 PM   #2318
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Gunnersbury - Richmond means that the NLL requires dual voltage trains.
Damn, knew I'd missed one somewhere.
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Old January 27th, 2016, 05:52 PM   #2319
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ScotRail Class 385 EMUs under construction
27 Jan 2016







UK: The first of 70 Class 385 electric multiple-units ordered by Abellio for the ScotRail franchise is now under construction at Hitachi’s factory at Kasado in Japan. The first seven of the 25 kV 50 Hz EMUs are to be built in Kasado, with the remaining 63 to be produced at Hitachi’s UK plant in Newton Aycliffe.

Abellio named Hitachi Rail Europe as preferred bidder to supply and maintain the new fleet of EMUs on October 9 2014, the day after it won the current ScotRail franchise. The order comprises 46 three-car and 24 four-car units, which are scheduled to enter service on the Edinburgh – Falkirk High – Glasgow, Stirling – Alloa – Dunblane and south Glasgow suburban routes between late 2017 and the end of 2018. The contract includes 10 years of maintenance

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Old January 27th, 2016, 08:54 PM   #2320
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That front end is so much different than in the visualizations. I suppose that's due to visibility problems that the gangway in combination with a sloped front would create. But it's a shame since I really liked that initial one.

Now it is starting to look like a modern interpretation of 1938 Tube stock (Class 483). And I'm not fond of that.


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