Is HS2 on the right track?
It’s increasingly beginning to look like HS2 is a good cause in the wrong hands. The call by leading transport academics for a review of this costly £51bn project is one that should be heeded, and the sooner the better. Continue reading Is HS2 on the right track?
Transport academics want HS2 review
A group of leading transport academics have called for a review of HS2. They say there are more cost-effective and time-sensitive ways of achieving its four key objectives. Continue reading Transport academics want HS2 review
Double-deck trains for HS2?
French train manufacturer Alstom has floated the idea of double-deck trains for HS2, hinting they could be made in the UK if the company gets the contract to build them. Continue reading Double-deck trains for HS2?
More new trains for TransPennine Express
FirstGroup-owned TransPennine Express has ordered 25 new five car train sets from Spanish manufacturer CAF. The deal is worth is worth £230m and the new trains should be delivered during 2018-19. Continue reading More new trains for TransPennine Express
Tough choices ahead for Network Rail – ORR warning
Network Rail may have to make tough choices in meeting all its investment commitments in the next control period says ORR’s initial PR18 (2018 periodic review) consultation document. Continue reading Tough choices ahead for Network Rail – ORR warning
DfT envisions the trains of the future
The Department for Transport’s 2nd Rolling Stock Perspective outlines its thoughts, suggestions and aspirations for the passenger train of tomorrow. Continue reading DfT envisions the trains of the future
Arriva Northern franchise could face CMA investigation
Barely a month has elapsed since Arriva Rail North (ARN) was awarded the Northern rail passenger franchise, but it could face investigation by the Competition& Markets Authority unless that body receives firm assurances soon. Continue reading Arriva Northern franchise could face CMA investigation
FirstGroup to fight Virgin on East Coast
A request by FirstGroup to start open access services between London and Edinburgh on the ECML has been granted by the ORR, though a rival application by GNER was rejected. The Rail Regulator has also allowed East Coast franchised operator, Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), to run more services and serve additional destinations. Continue reading FirstGroup to fight Virgin on East Coast
Some public sectors are more equal than others
Any notion that the latest version of the EU’s Fourth Railway package might somewhat mitigate the current prohibition of UK public sector bodies from operating rail services has been firmly scotched. Continue reading Some public sectors are more equal than others
Rail franchising to be reviewed
The House of Commons Transport Committee has launched an inquiry into rail franchising and requests that written submissions be made by no later than Friday 3rd June. Continue reading Rail franchising to be reviewed