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Old May 31st, 2014, 02:52 PM   #1841
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Old May 31st, 2014, 02:58 PM   #1843
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Old May 31st, 2014, 03:10 PM   #1844
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What I didn't understand - is that reopening section would be mostly single-tracked?
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What I didn't understand - is that reopening section would be mostly single-tracked?
There will be some sections of double track however for the project to have a strong business case it was decided it would be mainly single track. The line will have 2tph into Edinburgh during the peak hours. It's more cost effective to have single tracks in place if traffic won't be high. If the line was being served by a higher frequency more double track sections would be built.
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Old May 31st, 2014, 06:17 PM   #1846
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TV report about the interior layout of the Intercity Express Programme trainsets (BR Class 800):

http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/upd...thames-valley/
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Old May 31st, 2014, 10:16 PM   #1847
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From Global Rail News:

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Network Rail manages more stations
30 May 2014

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Newcastle and York are to become Network Rail-managed stations from the start of the new East Coast franchise in 2015.

The main line stations will join Reading and Bristol Temple Meads, which Network Rail took over on April 1, under a new management model designed to improve long-term planning for the UK’s railway stations.

Network Rail will assume control of asset management and commercial activities for both stations from the start of the new franchise, leaving the new operator to focus on passenger-facing services.

The idea is that the ‘managed station – lite’ model, as it has been dubbed, will make it easier to develop long-term strategies. Network Rail will be solely in charge of maintenance and renewal works around the stations.

Like Reading and Bristol, Newcastle has received substantial investment for modernisation works and York presents further opportunities for commercial development.

‘Where we’re in the lead role, we can do more in terms of customer enhancements,’ says Jason Manley, stations specialist for Network Rail’s Network Operations. ‘Bristol Temple Meads has got a big master plan for it, so we can look long term, and we can take a better strategic view.

‘A lot of train operators are frustrated because they can’t make some long-term decisions, and they can’t always build up the business case to always do things within the term of the franchise.’
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Old June 6th, 2014, 07:42 PM   #1848
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OJEU released for the Northern and TPE franchises
The ball is now rolling for the two main franchises in the north
https://www.gov.uk/government/upload...jeu-notice.pdf
- The TPE franchise will be 8/9 years long.
- Northern will be 8 to 10 years long.
- Both contracts extendable by 1 year.
- The start date for both is February 2016.
- The short list of bidders to receive the ITT will be published in August/September 2014.
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Old June 9th, 2014, 10:43 PM   #1849
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Deleted - will post in the Lankyshire thread in the Urban transport section

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Old June 9th, 2014, 11:10 PM   #1850
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Northern and TPE prospectuses
https://www.gov.uk/government/upload...prospectus.pdf - TPE
https://www.gov.uk/government/upload...prospectus.pdf - Northern
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make best use of the significant capacity improvements planned for the network to tackle crowding and meet future passenger demand
provide faster and more frequent services to scores of destinations across the region
improve rolling stock, including proposals to replace Pacer trains across the Northern franchise
deliver a more efficient network that meets customer needs and drives forward the economy
improve customer services and passenger satisfaction
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Transfer from TPE to Northern:
 Manchester Airport to Blackpool North
 Services to Windermere
 Barrow-in-Furness to Lancaster/Manchester Airport
 York to Scarborough
 Doncaster to Cleethorpes
Transfer from Northern to TPE:
 One train per hour Doncaster to Hull (one train per hour to
remain with Northern)
Transfer from EMT to TPE:
 the Nottingham – Liverpool portion of the existing EMT
Norwich –Liverpool service
Transfer from Northern to EMT:
 Cleethorpes to Barton-on-Humber (if Doncaster -
Cleethorpes remains with TPE)
These franchise remapping proposals may result in a number
of stations being operated by a different franchisee.
DOO on northern being proposed though:
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• All Northern trains are currently operated by a driver and guard. A significant
task for the new operator should be to define and introduce a policy whereby
the driver has full responsibility for the safety of the train – already the case
on 30% of train services in Great Britain including many recently electrified
routes. Making such changes, where applicable, could enhance efficiency
and improve service to passengers by allowing other on-train staff to be
focussed on passenger needs and revenue protection
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Old June 13th, 2014, 02:34 PM   #1851
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From Rail Journal:

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Network Rail grants access rights to new WCML operator
Friday, June 13, 2014



BRITAIN's infrastructure manager, Network Rail (NR), has for the first time granted access rights to an open-access passenger operator without being forced to provide paths by the Office for Rail Regulation (ORR).

Great North Western Railway (GNWR), a subsidiary of Arriva UK Trains, has been granted 12 paths per day per direction on the West Coast Main Line to introduce services from London Euston to Blackpool and Huddersfield via Manchester Victoria in competition with Virgin Trains, which up to now has a monopoly on the London – northwest England corridor.

Consultation is now underway with other operators and interested parties. This is expected to be completed in early July and the application will then go to ORR for final approval.

If ORR approves the open-access deal, GNWR plans to acquire eight six-car Pendolino trains from Alstom and start recruiting more than 200 staff.

GNWR wants to launch a London – Blackpool service of six round trips a day in early 2017, followed by six round trips a day between London, Manchester Victoria, Huddersfield and Leeds in 2018. These dates tie in with electrification work currently underway in northwest England.

GNWR made its initial application to introduce services on four routes from London in December 2011. It says, it will continue to engage with NR to obtain paths for its planned services to the Cumbrian coast and Bradford
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Old June 13th, 2014, 02:37 PM   #1852
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Old June 13th, 2014, 04:01 PM   #1853
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Is there any news on the GNER proposal?
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Old June 13th, 2014, 06:41 PM   #1854
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Network Rail may have but it's ultimately down to the ORR, they have to consider that the next ICWC could operate the Blackpool services and so GNWR would abstract revenue from ICWC. The routes abstract revenue from London Midland, ICWC and Northern so I'd guess at the very least for this to go ahead the ORR would require stopping patterns changed.
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Old June 19th, 2014, 12:30 PM   #1855
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From Railway Gazette:

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UK and China sign railway co-operation memorandum of understanding
17 Jun 2014



UK: The UK and Chinese governments signed a bilateral agreement for their rail industries to work together 'to boost economic growth, jobs and skills' during an official visit to Britain by China's Premier Li Keqiang on June 17.

The Department for Transport said the agreement would pave the way for closer co-operation in areas such as:
  • new-build and upgrading infrastructure projects;
  • the supply of products and services to third markets;
  • research and development collaboration;
  • station design;
  • equipment supply;
  • safety and evaluation;
  • energy saving and environmental protection.
'I can see great mutual benefit to be gained from increased co-operation between the UK and China on rail', said Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin. 'The railways are a massive success story in both countries and we can boast world class expertise across the sector.'

DfT said the UK 'is open to international investment and welcomes suitable qualified companies from other countries, including China, to bid for projects in accordance with international and domestic procurement practices and laws'. The agreement states that contracts won in the UK 'should utilise and build upon the UK supply chain'. The UK also expects to see greater emphasis on access to the Chinese market for UK companies.

'The success stories of the future will be economies that invest in infrastructure and welcome overseas involvement and we want this partnership to be a win-win situation creating economic growth and jobs here and abroad, including in China', said McLoughlin.
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Old June 19th, 2014, 12:32 PM   #1856
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Virgin signs West Coast direct award contract
19 Jun 2014



UK: The Department for Transport announced on June 19 that it had agreed terms with Virgin Rail Group for a direct award contract to operate InterCity West Coast services for a further 2 years and 9 months. Virgin is currently running the business under a stopgap agreement signed in December 2012.

The new contract is the sixth direct award to be negotiated by DfT following the relaunch of its franchising schedule in March 2013. Virgin will continue to operate service on the West Coast Main Line until April 2017, when a competitively-tendered long-term franchise is expected to start.

Under the deal, Virgin has committed to pay more than £430m in premia to run the franchise. It will also deliver £35m of ‘passenger benefits’, including the conversion of one first class coach to standard class on the 21 nine-car Class 390 Pendolino trainsets and the introduction of free wi-fi at stations. More than £20m will be invested in station enhancements, with extra car parking to be provided at Carlisle, Lancaster and Stafford. Another £2·5m will fund interior improvements on the Pendolino fleet, and £2·7m is allocated for improved catering facilities.

In addition, Virgin ‘will now start work to secure new direct services from London to both Shrewsbury and Blackpool from December’, subject to negotiating suitable paths with Network Rail and the Office of Rail Regulation. Shrewsbury would have two trains in each direction on Monday to Saturday and one on Sunday. Blackpool North would see one train each way Monday to Friday.

‘The West Coast provides a vital artery between London and Scotland, and it is crucial we do everything we can to improve services on this much-used route’, said Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin. ‘This deal will provide thousands more seats and better journeys for the tens of thousands of passengers who use these services every day.’

Virgin has committed to working with Network Rail and local communities and stakeholders to look at ways to improve journey times between London and Scotland, including a proposed remodelling of the junction at Carstairs.

Virgin Trains Executive Co-Chairman Patrick McCall said ‘we are delighted to have reached a deal, after some tough negotiations with the DfT. It puts the problems of 2012 firmly behind us, and shows the clear benefits of a well-run franchise system. This deal is great news for passengers and taxpayers, with significant benefits for our customers, as well as a big increase in the money we pay to government.’

The Department for Transport announced on June 19 that it had transferred the 40% stake in Eurostar which it holds through London & Continental Railways to the Treasury. A joint venture of Keolis (UK) Ltd and Eurostar International Ltd has been shortlisted for the InterCity East Coast franchise, and DfT said the transfer has been done 'to address any perceived or actual conflict of interests resulting from the interaction between the government's stake in Eurostar' and the franchise competition, 'and in particular any perception of bias arising out of the Secretary of State for Transport's shareholding in London & Continental Railways'.
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Old June 20th, 2014, 06:43 PM   #1857
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319361 has arrived at Allerton TMD
The first 319/3 has transferred up north. The EMU will enter service in December on electric services between Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street. Northern are due to receive 14 319/3s which upon completion of Manchester - Liverpool electrification will operate services via Chat Moss. Here is 319361 hauled by a 57 en route to Allerton today.

57306, 319361 by British Rail 1980s and 1990s, on Flickr
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Old June 21st, 2014, 01:14 PM   #1858
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What's replcaing them in the meantime between the introduction of the 700s? All I can see is one less train on an already miserable commuter line?
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The initial 319s are being replaced by 6 377/2s cascaded from southern (which will be replaced by 377/7s). The next cascades will be when the 387s enter service which should displace a large proportion of the 319 fleet. The 387s and 377s will then be replaced off Thameslink by 700s from 2016
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Old June 25th, 2014, 08:02 PM   #1860
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From Construction Enquirer:

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Bid race for £20m Dundee railway station and hotel
Wed 25th June 2014, 13:04













Dundee City Council is on the hunt for a builder to deliver its planned landmark railway station and hotel building

The combined station and hotel building will form a central part of the £1bn regeneration of the waterfront.

Sleeperz Hotels, the UK budget hotel company, has signed up for the scheme, which already has planning.

The work programme includes retaining the original Victorian platform which will be fronted by a curving six storeys building containing a triple height arch as a nod to grand Victorian station design.

The £20m building project is timetabled to start construction next April and be completed two years later.

Firms have until 13 August to complete the PQQ, which can be obtained from the Public Contracts Scotland website.
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