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Old October 8th, 2011, 05:21 PM   #1001
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Early upgrade for north-west rail service

The early upgrade of the Londonderry to Coleraine train line has been agreed by the Executive. It was revealed yesterday that a total of £27 million of secured funding will allows the work to start next July.

Translink aims to complete the first phase of the relay, from Coleraine to Castlerock and from Eglinton to Londonderry, by April 2013, during the city`s year as UK City of Culture. The line will be closed for approximately nine months.

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy said the announcement “secures the Londonderry to Coleraine rail line’s future”.

There will be eight trains per day for most of the City of Culture year. Mr Kennedy added: “Importantly, it sends out a clear message that the Executive is determined to ensure that opportunities arising from potential cultural, tourism and sporting events will be fully supported.”

The completion of the first phase would allow eight return services a day until signalling work can start in 2014-15.

The minister said: “Translink will bring forward a phased upgrade of the Londonderry rail line which will start in July 2012. This is two years before the original plans set out in this budget period and in time for the major events planned for the City of Culture 2013.”

Martin Bradley - the Chairman of the Culture Company 2013, hailed the announcement as a “victory for common sense”. “The fact that the money has been found to carry out these works when they weren’t initially included in current spending plans shows that the Northern Ireland Executive listened to the case that we have made, and underlines the importance with which City of Culture is viewed,” he said.

“I would also like to commend Into The West for the trojan work that they have put into pursuing this issue for many years and thank everyone who lent their voices to the campaign to ensure that we have a world class service in place for 2013.”

Sinn Fein assembly member Raymond McCartney welcomed the decision. He said: “This development will give added confidence to those tasked with planning for the City of Culture 2013 and other events over the coming years. This is another example of what can be achieved if we have clear goals and persistence.

“We showed it with Project Kelvin, the radiotherapy unit at Altnagelvin and now with the rail line. Many people told us that these projects were lost and that the politicians were not delivering. Well, they have been delivered by reasoned argument and application.”

The upgrade will be completed in three phases, starting with the relay and essential bridge works, followed by the signalling work and the final phase will complete a passing loop and remaining bridge works. The minister will outline more details to the assembly on Monday.
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Old October 11th, 2011, 06:35 PM   #1002
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New footbridge installed at Cambridge station

The transformation of train services between Cambridge and London Liverpool Street took a major step forward recently with the installation of a new footbridge at Cambridge station.



The 18-metre covered walkway will connect the station entrance and existing platforms with the new island platform, which will provide extra capacity for the railway when it opens in December. Network Rail engineers worked round the clock to lift the 15-tonne bridge into place, connecting it to the new lift shafts and stairwells.

Cycle guttering is being provided alongside the stairs and lifts to platform level will make access to the new island platform easy for everyone.

Andrew Munden, Network Rail route director, said: “The pace of change at Cambridge over the last few months has been quite astonishing. These improvements are part of an investment programme which will see the station and surrounding area transformed over the coming years.

“I’m pleased the footbridge installation went smoothly as it means we’ve now completed a vital part of the project. The two new platforms are set to make a real difference to passengers, boosting capacity, improving punctuality and reducing overcrowding further still.”

Andrew Chivers, National Express East Anglia managing director, said:

“I am pleased that the project has reached this milestone; this scheme will bring major improvements to Cambridge station which will benefit not only our customers but the city as a whole. The extra platforms will improve train service performance at Cambridge, allow us more options and enable us to run our new Class 379 trains in longer formations at peak times.”

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Old October 13th, 2011, 05:42 PM   #1003
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New Saturday night Edinburgh-Dunbar service

ScotRail is introducing a Saturday night service from Edinburgh to Dunbar. The new service, which will call at Musselburgh, will be launched on Saturday, 17 December as part of the new winter timetable.

The train will depart Edinburgh Waverley at 22.06. The service is some three hours later than the current last train to Dunbar which is provided by another train operating company.

Councillor Paul McLennan, leader of East Lothian Council, said: “We welcome the new ScotRail service which will provide Dunbar and Musselburgh residents with an additional transport option from Edinburgh.

“The timing means people can enjoy Christmas shopping or festive celebrations without worrying about parking or designated drivers.”

The new service will operate initially for 12 months and be subject to review beyond December 2012.
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Old October 13th, 2011, 07:11 PM   #1004
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Old October 15th, 2011, 11:34 PM   #1005
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Cosford railway station to be completely rebuilt

Cosford railway station on the Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury line is to be completely rebuilt by Network Rail and contractor C Spencer Ltd in a £2.1m project that will mean visitors can continue to use trains to visit the famous RAF museum nearby.

The existing station was opened on 1937 to coincide with the opening of RAF Cosford. Even then, sustainability was at the forefront of people’s minds.

Adam Checkley, Network Rail’s senior building surveyor explains: “In simple terms, the station has two wooden platforms and sections of it are constructed from original wooden sleepers. This could well mean that they are over 100 years old and they have done well to last this long, but with the increasingly large numbers of people visiting the Cosford Air Show, now is the time to replace them.”

The work will include removing the existing waiting shelters, lighting and fences, demolishing the timber platforms and support structures and the access stairs leading to them. They will be replaced with new platforms constructed from GRP (glass reinforced polymer) which will be laid on concrete cross beams and steel supports.

The platforms will have a non-slip surface and include tactile paving to denote the platform edge. New fencing will be erected along the rear of the platforms. Each platform will have a new steel and glass waiting shelter and lighting columns, and the customer information screens and station announcement system will re reinstated.

There will also be new steel staircases giving access to the platforms.

Work is due to start on 31 October and continue until mid-March 2012. During this time the station will be closed and replacement road transport to Albrighton station will be provided by London Midland.

Mr Checkley concluded: “We chose this time to do the work because we were conscious that it had to be completed in time for the air show next summer.”
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Old October 30th, 2011, 12:52 AM   #1007
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New platforms now arriving at Glasgow Central

Network Rail has begun work on a multi-million-pound project to transform the platforms at Glasgow Central, Scotland’s busiest station. Around £10m will be invested in renewing the 15 platform surfaces – making them compatible with disability discrimination legislation – and a range of associated improvement works.

Platform one is currently under renovation and the works will be delivered in phases between 2011 and early 2014 to minimise disruption to the day-to-day operation of the station. The project is expected to be completed without disruption to train services at Scotland’s busiest station, which handles 1,200 trains a day and nearly 40m passengers a year.

The scheme is the latest in a series of improvements at Central. In 2010 two new platforms opened at the station while, more recently, ticket gates have been introduced and the station’s PA system, retail and toilet facilities improved.

David Simpson, Network Rail route managing director for Scotland, said:

“As the popularity of rail continues to grow we are committed to investing in Scotland’s railway to ensure we can offer customers the best possible facilities and services. The investment in new platform surfaces at Glasgow Central will further enhance the station for its users and improve the appearance of the facility in time for the Commonwealth Games in 2014.”
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The introduction of the UK's most modern train - the class 172 - onto our Snow Hill lines marks the end of a 26-year reign for the class 150s, which have operated across the West Midlands since 1985. To commemorate the occasion, London Midland is saying a fond farewell on Saturday 12 November 2011, by running a 5 carriage special passenger train around the West Midlands using the prototype 3 car unit 150001 and an unspecified 2 car class 150. This train is being run in aid of The Railway Children charity.
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Old October 30th, 2011, 08:08 PM   #1009
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Old October 31st, 2011, 11:11 PM   #1010
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Old November 1st, 2011, 12:52 AM   #1011
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Eurostar sketch? Or the new trains Deutsche Bahn plans to take to London?
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Old November 1st, 2011, 02:10 PM   #1012
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Old November 1st, 2011, 08:07 PM   #1013
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Step forward, step back ... well, it reminds me of France's turbos (which Amtrak still uses on Empire Services) (come to think of it, the droids in the promo reflect no step-forward sort of a throw-back to the Dark Ages, don'tcha think?)
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Old November 2nd, 2011, 12:33 AM   #1014
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Platform 4 opens at Blackburn station

Passengers waiting for a train on platform 4 at Blackburn station this winter will be better sheltered from the cold following the completion of Network Rail’s £1.7m improvements.

As the platform opened (on Monday 24 October), Network Rail route director Jo Kaye commented: “We said we would provide a canopy over the full length of the platform and install an accessible lift before the winter weather arrives, and that is just what we have done.

“In fact, we have gone one stage further. We have made sufficient financial savings on the original scope of the work that we had enough money to include a fully enclosed, heated waiting room as well as all the other work.”

Local MP Jack Straw was given a preview of the work, after which he said: “This is wonderful news for the passengers of Blackburn station, who have had to endure wet, windy waits for trains for many years. I campaigned long and hard for these improvements and it’s good to see them finally being provided.”

Councillor Dave Harling, executive member for regeneration, said: “The new platform will greatly improve facilities at Blackburn station for passengers including residents, workers and visitors to the town. This is yet another way to promote rail as an alternative to the car and contributes to the overall regeneration of the town centre and its facilities.”

Work started on the project in May, when platform 4 was closed to passengers. The first part of the project to be tackled was the building of a lift shaft from the station subway up to platform level, installing the lift and refurbishing the subway.

After that the canopy was erected to cover virtually all the platform, including the new lift entrance/exit and the existing slope linking the platform and subway. New lighting, seating, public address speakers, information screens and CCTV cameras were installed, along with the new waiting room.

With the work completed, the entire station is fully accessible meaning many people who previously were unable to use the station now have access to the national rail network.
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Old November 3rd, 2011, 01:23 PM   #1015
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Birse Rail awarded £16m contract for Birmingham Gateway project

Birse Rail, in joint venture with sister company Balfour Beatty Regional Civil Engineering, has been awarded a £16 million contract to refurbish and reconstruct Platforms 2 to 11 at Birmingham New Street station as part of the Birmingham Gateway project.

The £600 million Birmingham Gateway project will see the 1960s built station transformed into a stunning 21st century transport hub for Birmingham and the West Midlands, bringing major economic benefits to the region as well as an improved station experience for rail passengers.

The Birmingham Gateway project is backed by Birmingham City Council, Department for Transport, Network Rail, Advantage West Midlands and Centro. The project will be delivered by Network Rail alongside its delivery partner Mace.

The works under the contract comprise civil engineering and building works in connection with lifts, escalators and platform finishes on platforms 2 to 11 in the sub surface station area.

In addition, it also includes the extension of the East Concourse which will increase the area available for train operating companies and retail accommodation and allow access to the station façade above for cleaning and maintenance purposes.

This is the second contract to be awarded to the Birse Rail / Balfour Beatty Regional Civil Engineering JV on the Gateway project, the first being the Moor Street Link scheme which involves the design and construction of an elevated walkway to provide a new pedestrian route between Birmingham New Street and Moor Street stations.

Works commence on the Platforms 2 to 11 contract in October 2011 and will run through to September 2013.
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Arriva have bought Grand Central. Welcome to higher fares and staff redundancies.

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CrossCountry to install Wi-Fi on its trains

CrossCountry announced yesterday it has signed a contract to install Wi-Fi on its long distance high-speed trains. After an extensive search for the best and most appropriate system to meet its customers’ needs, the contract has been awarded to the experienced global supplier of on-train Wi-Fi solutions, Nomad Digital.

Work to install the system will begin early next year, with the five High Speed Trains (HSTs) being the first to be fully fitted by the spring. The larger fleet of 57 Voyager trains will also be fitted out during 2012.

Commenting, CrossCountry’s managing director, Andy Cooper, said: “I am delighted we have been able to find the best Wi-Fi system to meet the challenges of delivering consistent service on our trains as they travel across Britain. Despite the growing availability of 3G for personal communications we are satisfied that mobile broadband adds value to our customers’ journeys.

“CrossCountry customers will soon be able to enjoy the benefits of online connectivity when on our trains. The ability for our business and leisure customers to send and receive emails and browse the internet while on the move will further strengthen rail’s competitive advantage over using a car.”

Nomad’s CEO, Alexander Eriksen added: “We are thrilled to have been selected as the Wi-Fi provider by such a prestigious company as CrossCountry, and look forward to working with them to deliver a first class service to their passengers.”

CrossCountry has been conducting a trial of different Wi-Fi systems throughout 2011 to ensure that the best system was chosen.

The unique characteristics of CrossCountry services, which travel from West Cornwall to North Scotland and the South Coast to the North West, meant the chosen system had to deliver reliable connectivity for customers on their journeys.

Nomad Digital was able to demonstrate they could deliver the best system to achieve this.
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London North Eastern route to be made ‘better for passengers & businesses’

On Monday 14 November, full control of the rail network along the London North Eastern route (LNE) will be devolved from London to York. A new route managing director and his team will take on responsibility for hundreds of miles of railway connecting towns and cities.

The change, part of a national programme of devolution by Network Rail, will give the team in York greater decision-making authority, allowing them to act more quickly in the best interests of rail users on one of Britain’s busiest rail routes and target investment where it is needed most.

Phil Verster, previously deputy CEO and chief engineer at Irish Rail takes up the role of route managing director for LNE.

He explains: “This is a significant change for the way we manage the railway. Instead of segregated teams reporting to various head office functions on operations, electrification, signalling, track and structures, we will now have local autonomy and a local focus.

“We are already running a record number of services getting more passengers to their destinations and moving more freight than ever. However, we need to do this more consistently and with greater responsiveness to train and freight operators. Specifically, we need to improve the performance of our railway so that even more trains arrive on time.

“With the new structure we will have the chance to build on previous successes while also improving our operations to meet the demands of our customers and passengers.”

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Rail action group calls for re-opening of Edinburgh’s Abbeyhill station

At a meeting to be held in the Abbeyhill area of Edinburgh on Wednesday evening, the Capital Rail Action Group (CRAG) will be making the case for the re-opening of Abbeyhill Station.

CRAG Chair, Lawrence Marshall, said: “Edinburgh is the second most congested city in Britain and the seventh in Europe. In order to tackle congestion, we need to see swifter progress in reopening some of the comprehensive rail network that the City previously enjoyed.

“The Scottish Government has commissioned rail works in the Abbeyhill area as part of the ‘Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme’. An opportunity exists, as an add-on to these works, to re-open Abbeyhill Station to give those living and passing through this densely populated part of the city access to a fast, frequent rail service.

“This would provide the area with a two-minute connection with Waverley, a seven-minute connection with Haymarket, and would re-connect the area with the regional and national rail network.

“We believe this proposal represents a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity to enhance rail facilities in this part of Edinburgh.

“CRAG welcomes the support already offered by local politicians and hopes that Wednesday’s meeting, to be addressed by Network Rail, will mark a further stage in rail becoming again an option for travel within the capital.”
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