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Process delays £4m fleet sanding pilot

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■ Salisbury highlights lack of urgency
■ Dual Variable Rate Sander offers adhesion-agnostic braking
■ Four months spent haggling over Class 323 fitment contract
■ Earlier ScotRail bid rejected

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ECML upgrade: DfT jumps the shark

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◾ IRP forecasts imply London to Edinburgh 3hr 35min timing
◾ Other timings equally improbable
◾ Benefits of 140mph overstated
◾ Final infrastructure upgrades completed by 2037

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Signalling – competition review hits market reality

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◾ ETCS focused
◾ Siemens the dominant player
◾ Limited new entrants available to challenge incumbents
◾ Hitachi sweeps up alternative potential ETCS suppliers

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DfT outlines future role for operators

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■ First PSC tendered next year – let in 2024
■ Includes responsibility for train procurement

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Siemens challenges HS2 train contract award

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▄ Preferred Joint Venture bid failed on technical assessment
▄ Injunction sought to halt ministerial approval
▄ Third legal challenge after CAF and Talgo

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WIGAN – BOLTON ELECTRIFICATION - Business case trumps high cost

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■ Six route miles tops GWEP unit costs 
■ 17 bridges highlights civils cost challenge 
■ National Electrification Efficiency Panel in challenge mode

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ELECTRIFICATION U-TURN - Taken to task on central direction

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■ Centralisation deprecated all round
■ Industry proposes turnkey contracts
■ Informed sources put me straight

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GOVERNMENT RAISES TRAIN AIR QUALITY CONCERNS

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■ RSSB research highlights complex problem
■ Hitachi bi-modes and Voyagers the worst offenders
■ More trains to be monitored
■ Swift action promised

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SIGNS OF IMPROVEMENT

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Five-car ‘710s’ still on top in New Train TIN-watch

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RESERVATIONS - Walk-on versus ambiance

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■ Inter-city operators under fire
■ LNER running dual system

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