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
Should train operators take control of the tracks?
The dust is still settling from last week’s government call for greater integration between Network Rail and the train operators. Details remain scant but more will be known when a green paper ‘Rail Vision’ is published next spring. Continue reading Should train operators take control of the tracks?
Waterloo tops station usage league again
Waterloo again took premier place in ORR’s annual station usage survey with nearly 100 million recorded entries and exits for 2015/16. Victoria and Liverpool Street ranked second and third, but Birmingham New Street was the only non London station to make the top ten at seventh position. Continue reading Waterloo tops station usage league again
Wider still and wider – England’s rail share gets even greater
England’s lion share of UK government rail capital expenditure continues to grow but Scotland’s portion has fallen over the last decade. Continue reading Wider still and wider – England’s rail share gets even greater
ScotRail nationalisation: practical proposition or political ploy?
Mounting public discontent with poor Abellio ScotRail performance has led to calls for the passenger franchise to be prematurely terminated and replaced with a state run body. Continue reading ScotRail nationalisation: practical proposition or political ploy?
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?
The pound in your pocket & the price of your ticket
One pound in every four from rail ticket sales is reinvested in network enhancements and renewals but only 3p in every pound ends up as profits for the train companies, says Paul Maynard, DfT parliamentary under secretary. Continue reading The pound in your pocket & the price of your ticket
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