Informed Sources

With Roger Ford

Siemens challenges HS2 train contract award

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

WIGAN – BOLTON ELECTRIFICATION - Business case trumps high cost

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

ELECTRIFICATION U-TURN - Taken to task on central direction

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

GOVERNMENT RAISES TRAIN AIR QUALITY CONCERNS

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

SIGNS OF IMPROVEMENT

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

RESERVATIONS - Walk-on versus ambiance

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

Williams-Shapps: what future for open access?

■ Increased track access charges for new ventures
■ Revenue abstraction criteria eased
■ Existing operators protected

Seeking the cure for cracks

DfT goes legal as Hitachi 800 Series saga continues

Williams-Shapps Plan: creating the new model railway

ROGER FORD CONTINUES HIS ANALYSIS OF THE WILLIAMS-SHAPPS PLAN
■ DfT developing ‘operating model’
■ Transition Team in action
■ Timelines emerging

Siemens reboots affordable signalling renewals

Low Cost Digital Ready approach to be applied in Devon and Cornwall