Only two bids for devolved West Midlands rail franchise
The DfT has issued invitations to tender for the new West Midland rail franchise but only two companies are in the race. The deadline date for submissions is 29 November 2016; the new franchise starts on 15 October 2017. Continue reading Only two bids for devolved West Midlands rail franchise
DfT hints at new Trans-Pennine rail tunnel
The DfT has raised the prospect of a new rail tunnel under the Pennines though it remains tight-lipped about any possibility of re-opening the disused Woodhead line. Continue reading DfT hints at new Trans-Pennine rail tunnel
HS2: who’s the daddy?
Discussion recently about the rights and wrongs of HS2 has turned to where exactly the political and promotional energy came from that put this scheme on the national agenda, writes Landor publisher and editor-in-chief, Peter Stonham. Continue reading HS2: who’s the daddy?
ORR warning: Network Rail will enter CP6 in worse financial state
Network Rail expenditure was £287m over budget and the organisation underperformed by £679m during 2015/16 (the second CP5 year), reports ORR. Its annual efficiency and finance assessment also found NR to be 8.0% less efficient than in 2013/14, the last year of the last control period, CP4 (2009-2014). Continue reading ORR warning: Network Rail will enter CP6 in worse financial state
New trains for new Abellio East Anglia franchise
Abellio retains control of the East Anglia rail franchise under a new nine year contract awarded by the DfT. The new franchise – which will continue to trade under the Abellio Greater Anglia name -starts on 16 October 2016 and runs to October 2025. Continue reading New trains for new Abellio East Anglia franchise
GWR orders nine more IEPs from Hitachi
FirstGroup-owned GWR has ordered seven more bi-mode (electro-diesel) IEP sets from Hitachi Rail Europe in a multi-million deal financed with Eversholt Rail Group, the rolling stock leasing company. Continue reading GWR orders nine more IEPs from Hitachi
Metrolink: trams absorb nearly one third of TfGM resources
Continued expansion of the light rail network now means Manchester Metrolink accounts for nearly one third of total TfGM gross expenditure. Continue reading Metrolink: trams absorb nearly one third of TfGM resources
HS1: One in seven trains run late
Despite a record one in seven trains running late in 2015/16, HS1 Ltd was only directly responsible for delays to less than one in 200 services on the high speed line. Continue reading HS1: One in seven trains run late