Porterbrook and Northern to develop bimodal Class 319
Rolling stock leasing company Porterbrook and train operator Northern have teamed up to develop a bimodal Class 319 by spring 2018. Concept design work has now been completed, and Wabtec/Brush has initiated the detailed design phase. Continue reading Porterbrook and Northern to develop bimodal Class 319
Great Western electrification shambles – will bimodal trains save or sink the scheme?
Last week’s announcement that electrification to Bristol has been deferred by the DfT followed a devastating NAO indictment cataloguing poor management practices with the ongoing Great Western Electrification Programme (GWEP). Continue reading Great Western electrification shambles – will bimodal trains save or sink the scheme?
Is it the end of the line for Hull electrification?
FirstGroup Hull Trains has ordered five AT300 ‘bi-modal’ (electro-diesel) sets from Hitachi in a £60m deal to be financed by Angel Trains. The new five car trains will be delivered in 2019 but the announcement has undermined the case for the long awaited Hull-Selby electrification. Continue reading Is it the end of the line for Hull electrification?
More Class 387s for GWR
FirstGroup-owned Great Western Railway has agreed a multi-million pound deal with rolling stock leasing company Porterbrook and train manufacturer Bombardier to supply an additional 23 Class 387 ‘Electrostar’ EMUs (electric multiple units) for Thames Valley services. Continue reading More Class 387s for GWR
Electrify to Holyhead
Welsh Assembly transport minister Edwina Hart has called on the Westminster government to electrify the North Wales mainline by 2024. Continue reading Electrify to Holyhead
Network Rail may sell off electric power assets
Coming hard on the heels of the news that the government may privatise Network Rail’s 18 managed stations, NR now says it is considering selling off its electric power assets as well. Continue reading Network Rail may sell off electric power assets
South West England wants more electrification and faster trains
Electrification to, Plymouth, Penzance and Paignton, and a separate franchise for Devon and Cornwall, are just some of the ideas floated in Peninsula Rail Task Force’s (PRTF) On Track interim report. Continue reading South West England wants more electrification and faster trains
Carillion likely to take over North West Electrification
Britain’s largest rail contractor, Carillion Construction, is poised to take over the North West Electrification programme from Balfour Beatty, who pulled out earlier in the year (LTT 4 September). No formal contracts with Network Rail have yet been signed but the two organisations are understood to be working closely together. Continue reading Carillion likely to take over North West Electrification
Major rail electrification schemes restarted but will be delayed by years
The Midland Mainline and the Trans Pennine electrification schemes are to be resumed forthwith but they will take many years longer than originally planned to complete. Continue reading Major rail electrification schemes restarted but will be delayed by years
Balfour Beatty pulls out of Blackpool electrification
Following the surprise announcement that contractor Balfour Beatty is to pull out of the Preston to Blackpool North electrification project, Network Rail is unable to say at this stage whether this move will add to the cost of the scheme or delay its completion. Continue reading Balfour Beatty pulls out of Blackpool electrification