Franchising farce: First MTR ditch new Stagecoach trains
Within days of being awarded the new South Western franchise, it emerges that joint venture First MTR is to abandon the new Class 707 rolling stock currently under construction but ordered by Stagecoach, the previous franchisee. Continue reading Franchising farce: First MTR ditch new Stagecoach trains
Underground trains for the Kyle of Lochalsh?
A proposal to convert part of Scotland’s scenic Kyle of Lochalsh line to LRT status – to enable road and rail vehicles to share the same right of way – has drawn a tepid response from Network Rail. Continue reading Underground trains for the Kyle of Lochalsh?
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
Stadler will build new Merseyrail trains
Swiss-based Stadler has beaten off strong competition from Bombardier, Siemens, CAF and a Mitsui led consortium to clinch a £460m contract from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to build and maintain 52 new four-car articulated trains. Continue reading Stadler will build new Merseyrail trains
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?
This is the age of the train
The national average age of passenger rolling stock was 21.0 years at the end of 2015/16; higher than at any time since 2000/01. Continue reading This is the age of the train
‘Largest ever’ UK rolling stock deal completed
Dutch state-owned rail operator Abellio UK has completed what has been described as the ‘largest ever privately-placed UK rolling stock order’ in two separate deals totalling over £1.5bn with train manufacturers Bombardier and Stadler. Continue reading ‘Largest ever’ UK rolling stock deal completed
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