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Old June 27th, 2014, 05:59 PM   #1861
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From Railway Gazette:

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New trains and ticketing as National Express retains Essex Thameside
27 Jun 2014



UK: The Department for Transport announced that incumbent National Express had been selected as preferred bidder for the next Essex Thameside franchise on June 27.

The franchise covers a largely self-contained network of commuter services into London Fenchurch Street station from Tilbury, Southend and Shoeburyness.

The contract will run for 15 years from November 9 2014 until 2029, with National Express to pay DfT around 񊸵bn, with a net present value of 񊸱bn.

Under the new franchise, National Express has undertaken to:
  • Tender for 17 new four-car trainsets to enter service from 2019;
  • Refurbish the existing fleet of Bombardier Electrostar EMUs;
  • Provide free wi-fi on stations and trains;
  • Introduce a new timetable from December 2015, providing 20% more weekday and 21% more weekend services and 38% more capacity into London during the morning peak, with a quarter of weekend trains to serve Stratford and London Liverpool Street;
  • Enter into a new performance commitment requiring 90% of trains to reach their destination within 1 min of the timetable by December 2018, with registered smart card users receiving automatic compensation for delays over 2 min;
  • Form an alliance with infrastructure manager Network Rail to 'reduce running costs and deliver right-time operational performance';
  • Introduce new ticketing products, including smart cards with planned integration with bus services, contactless payment from 2017, flexible season tickets, carnets, discounted advance, senior and local student fares;
  • Undertake a 33m station investment programme, with all 26 to be fully accessible and staffed during operating hours.
Over the last 14 years ridership on the franchise operated by National Expresses under the c2c brand has increased by 42% to 37 million passenger-journeys/year, the majority being peak commuter travel to and from central London.

'National Express is very proud of our record on c2c, transforming it from the "Misery Line" into consistently the best performing railway in the country', said National Express CEO Dean Finch. 'We have identified where to invest to enable c2c to be truly tailored to meet customers' needs and to pioneer new levels of service not seen in UK rail. We believe our ambitious plans will transform the franchise again. Today's announcement is good news for passengers, taxpayers and shareholders alike.'
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Old June 30th, 2014, 12:46 PM   #1862
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From Global Rail News:

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Transport Secretary opens Doncaster North Chord
27 JUN, 2014


Doncaster North Chord Freightliner

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has officially opened the 45 million Doncaster North Chord during a tour of major projects along the East Coast main line.

The flyover, which actually opened to traffic at the start of the month, will relieve a “pinch point” along the route, increasing capacity and cutting freight journeys between the Humber ports and the Aire Valley power stations.

McLoughlin said: “The North Doncaster Chord will help in freeing up space for much-needed additional passenger services between Yorkshire and London and reduce delays, while also improving the vital freight network across the region.”

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager added: “Rail freight services industry safely and sustainably so it is crucial that the Government continues to invest in rail freight access to the network; each coal train to the power stations can remove around 75 HGVs from our roads.”

Freightliner Heavy Haul Limited became the first rail freight operator to utilise the new Doncaster North Chord for commercial service when it opened for use on Sunday, June 1.

Martin Wilks, director of coal services for Freightliner Heavy Haul, said: “We welcome the opening of the Doncaster North Chord as an important new addition to Network Rail’s infrastructure.

“This is an important project which gives freight trains a clear run towards the power stations, without incurring the performance risk of crossing the busy East Coast main line, and will improve the service we can offer to our customers.”
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Old June 30th, 2014, 08:35 PM   #1863
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You really don't understand the rules ?

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Old June 30th, 2014, 08:41 PM   #1864
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You really don't understand the rules ?

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Old June 30th, 2014, 08:51 PM   #1865
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You really don't understand the rules ?

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The 100 word maximum quote thing isn't exactly strictly enforced and what harm does it do, when I'm my mobile it's far easier to remain on SCC and read the article on here. You'd certainly hate the metrolink threads where whole newspaper articles are quoted! Surely it's good to have someone who searches the different rail news sites and posts relevant articles which people would have otherwise missed. I guess you're just one of those people who gets very bothered by little things on life like this.
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Old July 1st, 2014, 11:02 AM   #1866
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It's fordibben by many country to simply copy and paste the article.

But if the rules are not made to be respected, okay, continue.

(Also, it's boring me because I'm reading this article every day and that's also the only thing to read here every day so the forum is losing all of his interest).
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Old July 1st, 2014, 12:32 PM   #1867
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Ok, so what do you suggest? This?

Let's start a fun and interesting discussion about the need for modern railways in the United Kingdom!
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Old July 1st, 2014, 06:12 PM   #1868
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It's fordibben by many country to simply copy and paste the article.

But if the rules are not made to be respected, okay, continue.

(Also, it's boring me because I'm reading this article every day and that's also the only thing to read here every day so the forum is losing all of his interest).
Block the user or unsubscribe from the thread then
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Old July 1st, 2014, 07:41 PM   #1869
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Block the user or unsubscribe from the thread then
I don't want to be blocked, really
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Old July 1st, 2014, 08:50 PM   #1870
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I personally don't see that there's a massive problem with pasting blurb from websites like Global Rail News, so long as the website is clearly linked and the source of the story is clearly labelled.

These kinds of websites provide this content free-of-charge after all. It would different is the words were from paywall-based side such as The Times.
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 01:46 AM   #1871
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Manchester Pictures

Pictures taken on the 21st and 22nd of June. Weather was warm so apologies for hazy shots. Views show a typical evening in Piccadilly.


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Old July 2nd, 2014, 09:43 AM   #1872
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On which routes do those FTPE 350s operate?
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On which routes do those FTPE 350s operate?
Manchester Airport to Glasgow / Edinburgh services excluding one 185 diagram from Friday to Monday.
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Old July 3rd, 2014, 11:54 PM   #1874
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A hard-to-reach area in the South West is to get a 146 million rail improvement package, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced. The cash injection, for Cornwall, is designed to lift the local economy, create new jobs and provide faster train journeys.

The deal means:
  • The interior of the Night Riviera Sleeper trains, which run between Penzance and London – one of only two sleeper services in the UK – will be completely overhauled
  • The Long Rock train maintenance site at Penzance will be expanded to maintain Cornwall’s sleeper trains, safeguarding jobs and creating new training opportunities;
  • A major programme of signalling improvements will start five years earlier than planned, providing faster journeys between Penzance and Totnes and paving the way for the potential introduction of half-hourly services on the Cornish mainline.

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The package includes 9 million of funding from the Department for Transport (DfT), 29.6 million secured through Cornwall Council and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), 103.5 million from Network Rail and 4.5 million from train operator First Great Western (FGW).

Taken from the Western Daily Press newspaper with the image taken from the Department for Transport Twitter account Here
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Old July 4th, 2014, 01:00 AM   #1875
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That's great news to see such a large railway package for such an isolated region.
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Old July 4th, 2014, 01:14 AM   #1876
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Labour could be planning to allow the public sector to bid for franchises
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/...es-labour-plan
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Labour is to raise the prospect of further parts of the rail network being taken back into public ownership when it announces plans to subject franchises to a competitive bid between the state and private sector as they come up for renewal.

But Ed Miliband will anger rail unions and some Labour MPs in the announcement next week by ruling out proposals that all expired franchises under a Labour government be returned automatically to the public sector – which would amount to a form of staggered renationalisation.

Senior shadow cabinet figures have agreed that a pragmatic choice between the state and private sector based on price, reliability and quality of service will provide a solution that allays commuter frustration, provides a fair deal for the taxpayer and does not amount to a return to British Rail.

Labour has been briefing industry sources that the announcement will be made next week, although the party said this was "pure speculation".

The rail industry insisted any bids for franchises already under way must not be thrown up in the air by allowing the state sector to belatedly join the bidding process.

It also claimed that any bidding competition between state and private train companies ran the risk of destabilising the industry if the government was in effect the jury and the beneficiary of a decision to return a franchise to the state sector.

It is estimated that it costs a little over 5m on average to bid for a franchise, so any public bidder would have to be prepared to raise, and potentially lose, that kind of cash. With at least seven franchises up in the next parliament, that amounts to 35m.

It is also argued that if the state-owned company won the franchise, an extra risk would be imported on to the public sector balance sheet, as with national rail investment.

Franchises due to expire after the 2015 general election include Southern, London Midland, Wales and Borders, TransPennine Express, East Midlands and CrossCountry. Under the Labour proposal, successfully run private franchises would be allowed to bid again.

The rail unions have been pointing to opinion polls showing strong support for phased renationalisation, including in marginal seats with large numbers of commuters. They point to the success of the state-run East Coast Trains, although there is a dispute about whether the line has been more efficient than other franchises or is simply at a point in its cycle where less stock investment is needed, so reducing costs.

Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor, expressed his support at the weekend for competitive bidding for franchises, saying: "I think actually the franchising process of the last years has delivered more passenger numbers. There's been big public investment as well." He said he thought East Coast had been doing a really good job as a public operator.

He added: "I think it's a good thing for us to say in the bidding process we're happy for private and East Coast to bid into that process on a level playing field. I'm not going to take an ideological approach. I don't want to go back to the nationalisation of the 70s.

"I think many people would say that some of these franchises have operated in a pretty unfair way to consumers and in the East Coast it failed. So let's get to a level playing field, not be ideological."

The Labour decision, relayed to key players in the industry, comes at the end of a week in which Miliband has tried to reassure business through detailed announcements that his attack on failing markets should not be mistaken for an attack on the private sector.

A group of prospective Labour MPs including some in marginal seats wrote an open letter to the Observer two months ago calling for an extension of the system of national ownership that has operated successfully on the East Coast mainline since 2009, when the franchise run by National Express failed.

"A commitment to extend this successful model to the rest of the rail network, as existing contracts come to an end, would mean that hundreds of millions currently lost in private profit would be available to fully fund a bold offer on rail fares," they said.

The Rail Delivery Group, the organisation that brings together the train operating companies and Network Rail, claims the network now generates 9bn, enough to cover its day-to-day operating costs. Government support of 4bn goes to Network Rail – which owns and operates the rail infrastructure – to improve the rail network.

The RDG argues that the amount of money returning to the government from passenger operations has risen by 1.56bn since 1997-98, showing franchising is effective in capturing value for the taxpayer.

It also claims that profit margins have fallen owing to a combination of competitive bidding and the prolonged impact of the recession. It says government funding per journey is 2.35, 29% lower than in the first full year of privatisation, and the same as or lower than in seven of the last 12 years of British Rail.
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Old July 5th, 2014, 12:58 AM   #1877
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Taken from the Western Daily Press newspaper with the image taken from the Department for Transport Twitter account Here
The overhauled sleeper trains should be quite swish if this promo video is anything to go by.

https://twitter.com/FGW/status/484634130517618688
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Old July 7th, 2014, 08:43 PM   #1878
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Approval for Daventry rail freight expansion

"An 8 million sq ft extension of Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (Dirft) has been given the green light by the Secretary of State.

Dirft III will have a capacity for up to 32 freight trains in and out of the site each day, handling more than 500,000 containers a year."

See the link for more detail.

From Global Rail News, 7th July, 2014.
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Old July 9th, 2014, 06:32 PM   #1879
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Two fatalities at a level crossing near Lincoln today.

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Old July 16th, 2014, 02:21 AM   #1880
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The doubling of the Kemble to Swindon line will go live this September promising fewer delays and more trains.

Network Rail representatives told a Shire Hall committee the new dual line will go live once the finishing touches on the 40 million plus scheme are completed in August. The project to upgrade the railway route and infrastructure between Swindon and Gloucester via Kemble and Stroud started in January 2013.

Once finished it will allow up to four trains every hour in each direction.

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Conservative MP for the Cotswolds, said: 揑 have campaigned for the redoubling of the Swindon-Kemble line for many years and I am naturally incredibly pleased that this work should be completed soon. I was pleased to have successfully convinced the Chancellor of the Exchequer to invest 40 million in this line and since then I have been pressing hard to ensure that when the line is completed First Great Western operate an enhanced number of trains to increase the regularity of trains".

The line between Swindon and Kemble was double track up until the late 1960s when a decline in passenger demand prompted British Rail, with the agreement of the Government, to single the route.
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Dozens of commuters feared being stranded in Lockerbie after the train they were travelling on failed to stop at Motherwell station as scheduled on Monday evening.

More than 50 passengers on the First TransPennine Express service, heading to Manchester Airport, managed to get off at Carluke after the train made an unscheduled stop in the town.

One passenger told the Times: 揟he first stop after it leaves Glasgow is Motherwell, then Lockerbie, then to Manchester Airport. There was [sic] over 50 people who had to get off at Carluke and get the train back. We were lucky though, as the driver had to request special permission to stop at Carluke to let us off. Otherwise the next stop was Lockerbie".

A First TransPennine Express spokesman said: 揑 can confirm that our 17.06 Glasgow to Manchester Airport service failed to stop at Motherwell. This was as a result of driver error and we are re-confirming on board procedures to avoid similar situations in the future. The train however was given permission to stop at Carluke where passengers were able to make a connection back to Motherwell.

揥e would like to offer our apologies for any inconvenience caused to affected customers".
Taken from Motherwell Times
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