Informed Sources

With Roger Ford

Hitachi cracking woes worsen

Meanwhile, Northern ‘769s’ join the New Train TIN-watch table

Decarbonising transport - can Network Rail deliver?

■ Concerns over TRU and MML Phase 3 costs
■ Central technical direction needed
■ Regional responsibility risks fragmentation

Transport decarbonisation - India shows the way

■ Strong central direction
■ Total commitment by government and industry
■ Mission 100% electrification

Transport decarbonisation - now show us the money

■ Unambiguous commitments to electrification n Freight the clear winner
■ Third rail infill options to be pursued
■ ‘Sparks effect’ acknowledged

Hardware hamstrings ECML 2022 timetable plans

■ Deferral recommended to May 2023
■ Azuma crack repair timescale still unknown
■ Grid supply upgrade delay
■ £1.2bn enhancements waiting

ROLLING STOCK: WILLIAMS-SHAPPS PLAN CREATES VACUUM

Roger Ford analyses the rolling stock implications of the White Paper

LESSONS FROM THE RECORD RUN

What can we learn from Avanti West Coast's London to Glasgow speed run?

Electrification metric rediscovered

How can we prioritise electrification schemes?

Reliability metrics compared

MTIN vs 701(D) – if it ain’t broke?

Williams-Shapps Plan - who will run the railway?

■ Operational responsibility of PSCs unclear n Managerial expertise downplayed
■ Dynamics of railway operation ignored
■ Fragmentation encouraged