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?
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
Green light for new open access train operator
Open access operator, Great North Western Railway (GNWR), has finally got the go-ahead to commence operations between London and Blackpool on the West Coast Main Line. Continue reading Green light for new open access train operator
CMA wants to put on-rail competition back on track
Competition for rail passenger services in Great Britain basically takes two forms: The main one (at the moment) is of the ‘for’ the market type, where the competition is between rival bidders to secure a particular passenger franchise; the other form is called ‘in’ market competition, where it is between rival train operators. The first form of competition is called indirect; the latter is direct. Continue reading CMA wants to put on-rail competition back on track
Bus rivals battle for East Coast open access
FirstGroup is now an open access contender for rail passenger services between London Kings Cross and Edinburgh, and has lodged a formal track access rights application with the Office of Rail Regulation. A decision is expected sometime in spring. Continue reading Bus rivals battle for East Coast open access
Will Trans Pennine Electrification run to time?
Completion of Trans Pennine electrification, scheduled for December 2018, might be late. Continue reading Will Trans Pennine Electrification run to time?
War of words between Network Rail and DfT over new open access application
Network Rail has responded to the generally negative responses from the DfT – and much of the rail industry – to its recent consultation document on its decision to grant limited open access rights to GNWR. The matter now resides with ORR; its ruling is awaited. Continue reading War of words between Network Rail and DfT over new open access application
GNER open access application for ECML
Great North Eastern Railway (GNER) has submitted plans to the ORR (Office of Rail Regulation) to provide an hourly open access high speed service on the East Coast Main Line (ECML) between London, Newcastle and Edinburgh from December 2016. Continue reading GNER open access application for ECML