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Old May 8th, 2014, 07:29 PM   #1821
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West Hampstead is unlikely - Chiltern and TfL have gone silent about it.

Electrification of the northern and southern thirds will be likely be part of Evergreen 4. The middle third is part of the Electric Spine.
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Old May 8th, 2014, 07:37 PM   #1822
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For high(er) speed trains a floor height of 105cm to 115cm over the rails is common. A 10cm floor raise over the UK standard 91,5 cm would bring you almost into that range. A 10 cm difference should not cause problems, as long as you maintain enough headroom. Otherwise the limited width and height of the UK loading gauge will make it feel very cramped.
The body shell is remaining constant throughout the train, the floor height will rise 10cm over the engines in both the 800 and 801 varieties. This will mean a very awkward area of the coach at one end. Hopefully this end will just be the luggage racks etc however for a train which will cost 6 times more to lease than what currently is used (on InterCity East Coast) it's a bit of a pi*s take!
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Old May 10th, 2014, 11:41 PM   #1823
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Rochester station subway construction timelapse. The subway was built during four day blocade, between 18 and 21 April:

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Old May 12th, 2014, 11:07 PM   #1824
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Official from Network Rail:

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Electrification of the West Midlands railway means new bridge for Walsall
12 May 2014



We will start work to rebuild a bridge in Walsall town centre later this year as part of plans to electrify 15 miles of railway in the West Midlands.

The bridge over the railway, which is under Park Street in Walsall, is over 100 years old and needs rebuilding to allow overhead electricity lines to run underneath it to power trains from December 2017.

A total of 15 miles of railway between Walsall, Hednesford and Rugeley Trent Valley will be electrified to provide a cleaner, greener and more regular service for passengers using the Chase Line which links Walsall with Birmingham to the south and Cannock and Rugeley to the north.

Preparatory work

Preparatory work will get underway in autumn 2014 and finish by the end of November 2014.

Rebuilding the bridge

The process of rebuilding the bridge will begin in January 2015 and will be completed in four stages to allow Park Street to remain open for business. The project will complete in July 2015 and rail services will not be affected during the work.

Liam Sumpter, area director, Network Rail: “Electrification provides a greener, faster and more reliable railway, providing a better service to passengers. Replacing this bridge is a significant piece of work and is essential as part of our plans to electrify the railway between Walsall and Rugeley Trent Valley.

Its location makes the rebuilding even more of a challenge and we have worked closely with Walsall Council to carefully plan the programme so disruption is kept to a minimum.”

More about electrification is at networkrail.co.uk/electrification.
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Old May 19th, 2014, 03:11 PM   #1825
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Cumbernauld electrification completed
19 May 2014


Electrification between Springburn and Cumbernauld was undertaken by Carillion as part of a £80m upgrade of the route

UK: Electric passenger services began operating between Glasgow and Cumbernauld on May 19, following commissioning of 50 km of 25 kV 50 Hz electrification between Springburn and Cumbernauld.

Electrification was undertaken by Carillion as part of a £80m upgrade of the route. Completion sees the number of services on the line increased from 36 each weekday with 5 500 seats to 59 services with 11 500 seats, with earlier and later trains now operating between Cumbernauld and Motherwell. There will also be additional stops at stations in Glasgow.

'The launch of these electric services is a huge milestone for the Edinburgh – Glasgow Improvement Project and the Cumbernauld electrification has been delivered on time, on budget and well ahead of this summer’s Commonwealth Games as promised', said Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown. He described EGIP as 'one of the biggest infrastructure investments by this government, and a central part of our ambition to ensure a railway which is fit for Scotland’s future. It will result in 30% more seats and around 20% faster journey times on our flagship route.'

David Dickson, Network Rail Route Managing Director for Scotland, said 'we are making good progress elsewhere in developing plans for the electrification of the main Edinburgh – Glasgow line and with the redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street, and look forward to also delivering these projects as quickly and cost-effectively for the Scottish Government'
Attlee had nationalisation, Major had privatisation, now Cameron have electrification. All three meanings are about PMs and rail links
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Old May 19th, 2014, 07:54 PM   #1826
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Think it would be good if we could add privatisation to Cameron too with his ability to sell of £15bn worth of NHS without it entering mainstream media!

Today is the first working day of the new timetable with the 350/4s being fully deployed in Anglo - Manchester TPE services!
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Old May 20th, 2014, 05:52 PM   #1827
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New lines proposed in Northern Ireland rail plan
Tuesday, May 20, 2014



PROPOSALS for the expansion and modernisation of Northern Ireland's railway network have been revealed in a new 20-year strategy which was launched by Mr Danny Kennedy, Northern Ireland Assembly minister for regional development, on May 19.

The Railway Investment Prioritisation Strategy states that the first priority for 2015-2035 should be to maintain and improve the passenger capacity of the existing network, which has seen passenger numbers surge from 6.7 million in the 2001-02 financial year to almost 13.2 million in 2013-14, but it also proposes investment in new lines.

Northern Ireland Railways (NIR) says that over the next 20 years it will need to complete track upgrading on the on Coleraine – Londonderry line and relay track on much of the remainder of the network.

In order to accommodate growth, NIR is considering the procurement of new trains, which would supplement the recently-acquired fleet of class 3000 and 4000 DMUs. Up to 60 vehicles could be procured at a cost of around £100m, enabling the operation of six-car trains. The report says that NIR is pushing for early implementation of its "New Trains 3" project, although the government says procurement may need to be phased due to budgetary constraints.

The 17-year-old fleet of diesel-hauled trains used on Belfast - Dublin Enterprise services is also undergoing refurbishment, although the report notes that NIR and Irish Rail (IE) will need to look at options for replacement in the next decade, which could include electrification.

Proposed infrastructure developments include construction of a third track on the Belfast – Lisburn line between Great Victoria Street and Adelaide, track-doubling on Dargan Bridge, and a third track between Lagan Junction and Belfast Central. Stations will be refurbished and new park-and-ride facilities will be built.

The report also looks at enhancements to reduce journey times and allow more frequent services between Belfast, Coleraine, and Londonderry. These could include track-doubling on the line between Bleach Green and Antrim or reopening of the Antrim – Knockmore/Lisburn line, which was mothballed in 2003.

The reopening of this line could be implemented in conjunction with a new rail link to Belfast International Airport. Other potential candidates for reopening identified in the report include Antrim – Castledawson and the lines to Armagh and Dungannon.

"It will be important in the present period of public expenditure restraint to use existing resources to sustain and make best use of the current system where there is greatest potential for growth," says Kennedy. "However, my ambition for rail goes much further and I am absolutely committed to seeking opportunities to further enhance or extend the network."

The report notes that any expansion of the network is likely to require an increase in funding. The Northern Ireland Executive currently allocates a railways a capital grant averaging around £44m per year, and if this level is maintained after 2015 it would equate to potential expenditure of £880m at 2014 prices between 2015 and 2035. However, it is estimate that £620m would be needed over this period to maintain existing infrastructure and rolling stock, limiting the resources available for expansion.

The full report can be viewed on the Northern Ireland Executive website
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Old May 20th, 2014, 08:01 PM   #1828
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Historical Map: Austrian Edition of Airey’s Railway Map of London, 1876

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Old May 22nd, 2014, 08:23 PM   #1829
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From Network Rail, a flythrough of Pontypridd station in Cardiff, which is now undergoing a renovation:

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Three new state-of-the-art electric train fleets will mean more services and seats, faster journeys and better connections across many of the busiest rail routes in London and the south east after the government announced today (23 May 2014) its intention to award the new Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) franchise to Govia Thameslink Railway Limited.
The 7 year franchise – the largest ever let in terms of passenger numbers – will help deliver the government’s multi-billion pound investment in the region’s rail network, opening up new routes across London and improving services to scores of destinations, including:
Brighton
King’s Lynn
Peterborough
Cambridge
Bedford
Luton
Gatwick Airports
Moorgate
Nearly 1,400 new electric carriages will be rolled out across the new franchise, providing 50% more capacity and 10,000 extra seats every weekday into central London during the morning peak by the end of 2018, and delivering quicker, cleaner and more reliable journeys for passengers and businesses.
In addition, the new franchise will see millions invested in improving stations and staffing, a simplified ticketing structure and tough new targets for Govia to improve punctuality by reducing delays by around a fifth and improve cleanliness.
Rail Minister Stephen Hammond said:
A world class railway is a vital part of our long-term economic plan. New state-of-the-art trains, more seats, better connections and improved stations will transform travel across London and the south east. That’s great news for businesses and the hundreds of thousands of passengers who use these vital services every day.
The TSGN franchise will play a crucial role in delivering the government’s £6.5 billion Thameslink programme – a major programme of infrastructure work that is helping create 8,000 jobs and will allow 24 trains per hour to travel in each direction from Blackfriars to St Pancras. New tunnels will link Peterborough and Cambridge to the existing Thameslink route providing easy access across London via St Pancras to Gatwick and Brighton.
The franchise will introduce 1,140 new carriages – already under construction - on the Thameslink network, improving services to scores of destinations, including the introduction of new cross capital services and a connection at Farringdon to London’s newest railway - Crossrail.
In addition, Govia will order a new fleet of 108 carriages for the Gatwick Express service, replacing the current 25-year-old trains with a fleet better suited to the needs of airport passengers. It will also secure 150 new carriages to replace the 40-year-old trains currently operating on the route between Moorgate, north London and Hertfordshire.
That means the total number of carriages in service will grow to 2,631 by 2019 – an increase of 27%. It will also release some existing electric carriages to be used elsewhere in the country.
Govia will invest significantly in improving stations, including free wi-fi at more than 100 stations, better retail and catering facilities and improvements to customer information systems. Staffing hours will also be extended so that at more than 100 of the largest stations there will be staff available from the first train in the morning to the last train at night.
Demanding contractual obligations on the operator will deliver cleaner and more spacious trains and improve passenger satisfaction. Tough new benchmarks for performance, train and station cleanliness and customer service information have also been agreed.
The operator will also develop website, smartphone and tablet apps that will make door-to-door travel easier for customers, including planning journeys, buying tickets and booking onward taxis.
The TSGN franchise will replace the existing Thameslink and Great Northern franchise (operated as First Capital Connect) from 14 September 2014 and will include the South Central franchise (operated as Southern and Gatwick Express) when it expires on 26 July 2015. A small number of services and stations will also transfer from the South Eastern franchise by 21 December 2014. The current franchises provide around 273 million passenger journeys annually.
Following the announcement, and in accordance with usual procurement practice, there will be a standstill period of 10 days before the department will be a position to enter into, and complete, the formal contractual documentation and make the award to the successful tenderer.
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When will be next train franchise tender? And by the way, it's very interesting news
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Hurrah! FCC is gone forever!
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Govia, in fact, previously operated this route between 1997 and 2006
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Old May 23rd, 2014, 06:26 PM   #1834
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When will be next train franchise tender? And by the way, it's very interesting news
Going up to the general election we should have Essex Thameside being awarded soon, Southern merging with TSGN (although now it's southern branding remaining and management transferring to GoVia TSGN) and ICEC.
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Old May 26th, 2014, 10:37 PM   #1835
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From Network Rail, a flythrough of Pontypridd station in Cardiff, which is now undergoing a renovation:
<pedant mode> Pontypridd is near Cardiff, not in Cardiff. <end pedant/>

As someone who lives close to Pontypridd, I can assure you, the locals would hate to be called Cardiff-ians
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Old May 28th, 2014, 12:57 PM   #1836
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The UK Department for Transport (DfT) has selected Govia Thameslink for the new Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) rail franchising deal. Govia is 65%-owned by Go-Ahead and 35%-owned by French firm Keolis. It already runs Southern Railways, London Midland and South Eastern train services.

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The UK Department for Transport (DfT) has selected Govia Thameslink for the new Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) rail franchising deal. Govia is 65%-owned by Go-Ahead and 35%-owned by French firm Keolis. It already runs Southern Railways, London Midland and South Eastern train services.

It's already published, look above. Next time, when you publish news, look carefully through the thread. Anyway, another franchise is awarded:

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Serco wins 15-year Caledonian Sleeper franchise
28 May 2014



UK: Serco has won a 15-year franchise to operate the Caledonian Sleeper service between London and various Scottish destinations from April 2015, replacing incumbent First Group.

At present, two trains operate in each directions on six nights per week; a ‘lowland’ service connecting London Euston with Edinburgh and Glasgow Central, and a ‘highland’ service linking London Euston with Inverness, Aberdeen and Fort William. The trains are currently operated as part of FirstGroup’s ScotRail franchise, and represent 2% of franchise revenue.

Transport Scotland has selected Serco to operate ‘all aspects’ of the service and oversee a £100m investment in new rolling stock and other enhancements. Leased through Beacon Rail, a fleet of 72 locomotive-hauled coaches is to be supplied as four trainsets by CAF for introduction from ‘summer 2018’. The fleet renewal programme is being underpinned by a £60m capital grant from the Scottish government. The vehicles will include en-suite berths in a premium business class, reclining seats that can be repositioned as flat beds, and a ‘brasserie-style Club Car’.

Serco also says that it will introduce a broad partnership with Scottish suppliers to offer an ‘outstanding hospitality service that is emblematic of the best of Scotland’; hotel and catering company Inverlochy Castle Management International has already agreed to support the operation. Serco expects to introduce an updated sales and reservation platform to offer a ‘broader range of fares’ to drive growth in passenger numbers, both among UK residents and international tourists.

The franchise would deliver revenues of up to £800m over the 15 years, Serco says, of which ‘approximately £180m will be in the form of franchise payments’. A ‘gain share’ agreement has been reached with Transport Scotland ‘to incentivise performance improvements’.

Chief Executive Rupert Soames commented that Serco had ‘a strong track record of providing high-quality and efficient rail services around the world, as well as experience in managing large-scale tourism-focused transport services’. Its Australian business Great Southern Rail operates the premium long-distance Ghan, Indian Pacific and Overland services linking Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Darwin and Perth.
Another First Group franchise is gone
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Please release me from my ignorance - the new sleeper fleet will number 72 vehicles, 16 vehicles per formation.

How does this compare to the current Mark III and Mark II fleet?
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Green light for new stations on Bradford-Leeds line
29th May 2014


Kirkstall Forge station

The Government has released funding to allow two new stations to be built on the Bradford to Leeds railway line

The Department for Transport will fund up to £9.5m of the £16m Leeds Rail Growth scheme.

One of the new stations will support the £400m development of the Kirkstall Forge site in Leeds.

Developer Commercial Estates Group plans to build around 1,000 houses, offices, leisure facilities on 56 acres of brownfield land close to the historic Old Forge site.

The development is expected to support 300 jobs during construction.

The funding announcement grants full approval to the scheme which is promoted by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, allowing work to begin.

The main works are scheduled to start in July with completion of the scheme in August 2015.


New station at Apperley Bridge station

The Apperley Bridge Station will include a park and ride site to serve Bradford.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “These stations represent a major regeneration project for West Yorkshire and provide new transport links for the wider community.

“They will unlock growth and help create many hundreds of new jobs
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Essex Thameside franchise decision delayed
30 MAY, 2014


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Following hard on the award of the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) franchise to Govia Thameslink Railway last week, the Department for Transport has announced a short delay on the next one.

The Essex Thameside franchise, which is basically the old London, Tilbury and Southend route from Fenchurch Street, was expected to have been awarded in May. That decision has now gone back two months to July, with a corresponding delay in the commencement of operations from September to November 2014.

As a result, the existing franchise with C2C has been extended by two months.

The extra time is to further examine the bids from four separate potential operators – Abellio, First, MTR and National Express. A spokesman said that the delay was particular to this franchise agreement and would not impact on any other route currently being evaluated.

Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin stated that the Essex Thameside franchise was an important part of the Government’s economic plan.

“I am determined that the next phase of this franchise will build on that success. By extending this contract, we are making sure that the best decision is made so that we can secure the best possible service for passengers in the future,” he added
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