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Old August 14th, 2014, 04:49 PM   #1901
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Open access operator handed 10-year contract extension
14 AUG, 2014



Arriva-owned Grand Central Rail has been given a 10-year extension.

The open access operator will continue to operate King’s Cross-Sunderland and King’s Cross-Bradford services until 2026.

Richard McClean, managing director of Grand Central, said: “As an open access operator, the 10-year extension to our rail access is excellent news for our passengers and employees and highly significant for the wider rail industry.

“Not only does this mean we can continue to operate services connecting Sunderland and Bradford to London King’s Cross, but we are also in a position to proceed with significant investments to improve our services and encourage future economic growth.

“For many of the towns on our routes we operate the only direct service to London, so this extension is a big coup for those communities and local businesses as well, who can continue to make connections to the capital.”
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Old August 19th, 2014, 11:47 AM   #1902
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Northern and TransPennine Express franchise shortlisted announced
19 Aug 2014



UK: On August 19 the Department for Transport announced the six bidders which have been prequalified to submit ‘innovative and ambitious proposals’ to operate two passenger franchises in northern England. Invitations to tender are expected to be issued in December, with the winners to be announced by October 2015. The new franchises are scheduled to start in February 2016.

The Northern franchise covers commuter, regional and rural services. It is currently held by a 50:50 joint venture of Serco and Abellio, which operates 2 500 trains/day serving more than 500 stations. The shortlisted bidders are:
  • Abellio Northern Ltd
  • Arriva Rail North Ltd
  • Govia Northern Ltd
The new franchise would run for eight to 10 years, with DfT having an option for an extension of up to one year.

The TransPennine Express franchise operates regional express services linking northern cities. It is currently held by a joint venture of FirstGroup (55%) and Keolis (45%), which operates 300 services/day serving 105 stations, with 60% of the 70 000 passengers/day being leisure travellers. The shortlisted bidders are:
  • First Trans Pennine Express Ltd
  • Keolis Go-Ahead Ltd
  • Stagecoach Trans Pennine Express Trains Ltd
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Old August 22nd, 2014, 03:16 PM   #1903
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FGW have a new mark III refurbishment for first class:



Notice the GWR initials on the seats.
http://www.businesstraveller.com/new...bished-first-c
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Old August 22nd, 2014, 07:41 PM   #1904
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Looks absolutely splendid!
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Old August 23rd, 2014, 12:29 AM   #1905
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Edinburgh Waverley station to get 2 new platforms

Two new platforms will replace the former taxi rank at Waverley station in Edinburgh to help cater for an expected doubling of passengers over the next ten years, Network Rail announced today.

Three other platforms will be extended to accommodate longer trains as part of the latest £25m upgrade of Scotland’s second busiest station, which handles around 20 million passengers a year. It currently has 18 platforms. Two new “long length” platforms will be created south of the main building, which was used by taxis until June.

Platforms five and six, at the east end of the former taxi rank, will be brought back into use and extended, while platform 12, on the west side of the station, will also be lengthened. Tracks will be streamlined to ease train movements, and signalling improved.

The extra space is needed for longer trains on the main line to Glasgow when it is electrified in 2016, and new trains on the east coast main line to London two years later.

Preliminary work will start in October, with platform construction starting in February and finishing in March 2016.
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Old August 23rd, 2014, 01:34 AM   #1906
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Is that south of the two southernmost platforms or just north of them?
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Old August 23rd, 2014, 01:42 AM   #1907
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Is that south of the two southernmost platforms or just north of them?
As far as I can tell it is north of the southernmost platforms (7-10). Looks like the plan is to extend the shortened 11 to join with 4/6 creating an additional through platform
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Old August 24th, 2014, 10:12 PM   #1908
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FGW have a new mark III refurbishment for first class:

Notice the GWR initials on the seats.
http://www.businesstraveller.com/new...bished-first-c
Why the GWR logo still appears even if that company is long gone?
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Old August 24th, 2014, 11:55 PM   #1909
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Why the GWR logo still appears even if that company is long gone?
That's not the original GWR logo, it'll be a modern rendition for heritage purposes. Same reason why the TOC Southern has 'proper' southern railway inspired colours and totem logos.
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Old August 26th, 2014, 06:06 PM   #1910
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A £45m project to double the railway track from Swindon to Kemble was completed this weekend. The upgrade will mean reduced journey times for passengers and the possibility of more trains in the future.

The re-doubling of the line to make it into two tracks means it trains can simultaneously get to and from Gloucestershire into north Wiltshire.

The extra 12.5 miles (20km) of track was approved in 2011 with work starting in January 2013. The upgrade also saw improvements to earthworks to accommodate the new track and new signalling equipment to ensure the safety of new trains.

Network Rail said it will provide an increase capacity to meet future passenger demand as well as reduce delays for a more reliable service.

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Other improvements include extra signals between Kemble and Standish Junction, a level crossing upgrades at Minety and Purton Collins Lane and a new footbridge in Stroud.

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The upgrade, which could cater for four trains every hours in each direction, has not led to an increase in services. However, more trains are not being ruled out for the future.
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Old August 28th, 2014, 11:47 PM   #1911
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More 'local to me' news, as The Ebbw Vale line (in South Wales) will get a new station soon-ish:

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IMAGES have been released showing how the new railway station at Pye Corner in Rogerstone will look when it opens later this year.

Funding for the new station in the Rogerstone ward was announced last year and construction began in March. It will feature a single platform, CCTV, ticket purchasing facilities, a car park for 70 cars and customer information screens.

Improvements will also be made to the highway infrastructure and to Western Valley Road, including a new mini roundabout at the junction with High Cross Lane which will provide access to the station car park.

The next phase of the work involves the contractors, in conjunction with Network Rail, completing the new platform and carrying out electrical works to Western Valley Road.

However, due to the close proximity of the live rail track and the nature of the construction, the work to the platform cannot be done while trains are operating. It has been agreed that this work will be done overnight beginning this week.

http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/new...ter_this_year/
and some flickr pictures of what it looked like earlier in the month:-


PYE CORNER CONSTRUCTION STATION SITE NEWPORT 01.08.2014 (3) by ALEA47426, on Flickr


PYE CORNER CONSTRUCTION STATION SITE NEWPORT 01.08.2014 (1) by ALEA47426, on Flickr

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Old August 29th, 2014, 06:59 PM   #1912
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Reading viaduct ready for tracklaying
29 Aug 2014


Reading viaduct

UK: The structure of a £45m viaduct which is being built as part of the £895m remodelling of the Great Western Main Line through Reading has been handed over to infrastructure manager Network Rail by construction contractor Balfour Beatty, ready for tracklaying by Carillion.

The 320 concrete beams for the 2 km viaduct, each 23 m long, were precast by Shay Murtagh in Ireland.

Trains are scheduled to begin using the viaduct in 2015, reducing congestion by enabling inter-city services from London to Bristol and south Wales to pass over the lines to Newbury, Basingstoke and the southwest of England, including a spur carrying freight trains to and from the port of Southampton
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Reclassification nationalises Network Rail
01 Sep 2014



UK: National infrastructure manager Network Rail has been formally designated as a part of central government with effect from September 1. This coincides with a change in European accounting rules from the same date, requiring what NR called ‘a statistical change’ to reclassify its debt from the private to the public sector.

Challenged last year by the EU statistical office Eurostat about NR’s compliance with new rules in the 2010 European System of Accounts, the Office of National Statistics announced on December 17 that NR would in future be considered as a public body

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Alstom to refurbish Scottish EMUs
Monday, September 01, 2014



ROLLING stock leasor Eversholt Rail has awarded Alstom a £36.1m contract to refurbish its 40 class 334 EMUs operated by First ScotRail on services between Glasgow and Edinburgh via Bathgate

Work is due to start in early 2015 and will take place at the Glasgow Traincare Centre in Polmadie, where components will be removed and refitted, and at Manchester Traincare Centre. Eversholt says the work will improve the reliability and the passenger environment onboard the trains which entered service in Scotland in 2001

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Old September 3rd, 2014, 07:13 PM   #1915
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From Railway Gazette:

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Siemens wins South West Trains suburban EMU order
03 Sep 2014


Impression of Siemens Desiro City electric multiple-unit for South West Trains

UK: South West Trains announced on September 3 that it had selected Siemens and leasing company Angel Trains for a £210m contract to supply 30 five-car electric multiple-units. The Desiro City EMUs would be ‘similar in style to the Class 700 units being produced for the Thameslink route’.

Deliveries are scheduled to run from 2017 to early 2018. The 750 V DC third rail EMUs are to be operated in 10-car sets on the London Waterloo – Windsor route, allowing existing units to be redeployed to provide extra capacity on SWT’s suburban network including routes into Waterloo from Reading, Basingstoke, Kingston, Epsom, Hampton Court and Guildford via Cobham

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Old September 5th, 2014, 02:30 PM   #1916
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And another new upgrade plans in the UK - this time at Cardiff Central station:



This one seems unusual - old station building covered by new one
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http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/t...emu-order.html

Siemens wins South West Trains suburban EMU order
03 Sep 2014
Impression of Siemens Desiro City electric multiple-unit for South West Trains.

UK: South West Trains announced on September 3 that it had selected Siemens and leasing company Angel Trains for a £210m contract to supply 30 five-car electric multiple-units. The Desiro City EMUs would be ‘similar in style to the Class 700 units being produced for the Thameslink route’.

Deliveries are scheduled to run from 2017 to early 2018. The 750 V DC third rail EMUs are to be operated in 10-car sets on the London Waterloo – Windsor route, allowing existing units to be redeployed to provide extra capacity on SWT’s suburban network including routes into Waterloo from Reading, Basingstoke, Kingston, Epsom, Hampton Court and Guildford via Cobham.

The contract is subject to a 10-day regulatory standstill period before it is formally signed by Stagecoach South Western Trains, along with associated amendments to the operator’s franchise with the Department for Transport. The new units will be maintained by South West Trains at Wimbledon depot.

The EMU order is part of a five-year plan to increase capacity developed by the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance. ‘As well as providing extra space for passengers using our services now, the combination of investment in the infrastructure and these new trains will create space at Waterloo that is the essential first step to allow an increase in capacity for our longer distance, mainline services’, said Tim Shoveller, Chief Executive of the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance. ‘We will also continue to work with industry partners to develop options for the longer term.’

Associated infrastructure improvements include extending platforms 1-4 at Waterloo to accommodate 10-car trains, and reopening the remaining four former Eurostar platforms, along with track, signalling, power supply and depot enhancements.


An interesting take on this story from Penny Mordaunt MP (Portsmouth North)

http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/tra...oost-1-6280797


Portsmouth rail commuters miss out on £210m boost


There is criticism of rail investment plans


There is criticism of rail investment plans

by Stuart Anderson
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SOUTH West Trains is pouring £210m into upgrading its rolling stock – but Portsmouth commuters won’t see a penny of it.


The company is placing an order for 150 new carriages from Siemens and Angel Trains for its Waterloo to Windsor route.

Public transport campaigners have criticised the plan, which leaves out improvements to Portsmouth’s cramped and crowded rail links.

A spokeswoman from South West Trains said: ‘There won’t be any changes to Portsmouth services as a result of the new trains.

‘They are designed to provide much-needed extra capacity on some of our busiest routes.’

Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt said commuters had long been getting a raw deal from South West Trains.

Ms Mordaunt said she met with executives from the train company and Rail Minister Claire Perry earlier this week to talk about improving the Portsmouth to London service.

She said: ‘It’s delightful for Windsor but the fight goes on for better services for Portsmouth.’

Ms Mordaunt said the area was served by suburban trains which were not suitable for long-distance travel.

She said: ‘The thing that would make the biggest difference is having trains that are comfortable to sit on, and that have enough seats for people.

‘Surveys show 59 per cent of people cannot fit into the seats when their elbows are taken into account.’

Denis Fryer, of Totton, is co-ordinator of the South Hampshire Rail Users’ Group.

He said he was disappointed by the announcement.

He said: ‘It seems we’re left out time after time.’

Mr Fryer said a Passenger Focus survey placed customer satisfaction in the Portsmouth area 78th out of 79 areas across the country.

He said: ‘Since privatisation, trains on the Portsmouth line in particular have been downgraded.

‘The trains they’re running are not suited to long distance and it now takes 10 per cent longer to get to London.

Campaign for Better Transport head of campaigns James MacColl called on the government to develop a long-term strategy for train improvements: ‘Increased investment in the railways is great news for everybody who relies on these trains.

‘However passengers in Portsmouth will be frustrated that South West’s new trains won’t benefit the city’.

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That story written by the MP is ridiculous. SWT has a franchise commitment to provide X number of seats on certain lines and if they were to use 444s then they wouldn't meet those commitments. Furthermore all trains serving Portsmouth are Siemens built trains under ten years old and yet she's describing them as tin cans - would she like to swap me so that Manchester can have an all electric network run by very reliable and comfortable desrios and she can have a mixture of 142s and 150s with the occasional 156 thrown in?
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Old September 6th, 2014, 04:01 PM   #1919
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That story written by the MP is ridiculous. SWT has a franchise commitment to provide X number of seats on certain lines and if they were to use 444s then they wouldn't meet those commitments.
So basically the MP wants wider seats AND she wants more seats. It's sort of impossible without extra coaches or trains. Maybe SWT really should attach some cheap old stock coaches with signs "Be seated at your own risk of disappointment"

BTW how wide are those seats and how wide are the 59% of people with elbows?
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So basically the MP wants wider seats AND she wants more seats. It's sort of impossible without extra coaches or trains. Maybe SWT really should attach some cheap old stock coaches with signs "Be seated at your own risk of disappointment"

BTW how wide are those seats and how wide are the 59% of people with elbows?
I think she wants seating in 2+2 formation thus making it wider. All the old coaches have been scrapped bar a few preserved ones unfortunately. Maybe we should give the her line 455s and let suburban services in London have the 450s, after all the 455s have 2+2 seats - let's hope she can deal with not having as many seats or having a toilet though?

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...0_interior.JPG - 450 with 3+2 seating which she seems to dislike
https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7219/1...d629e632_z.jpg - 444 interior with 2+2 seating
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