BRITAIN’s East Coast franchise returned to government-owned operation on June 25 with the launch of London North Eastern Railway-branded (LNER) services following the failure of the eight-year Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC) franchise jointly held by Stagecoach (90%) and Virgin (10%).
TRAIN operating companies, infrastructure manager Network Rail (NR), and representatives from passenger groups and regional economies along Britain’s East Coast Main Line (ECML) have formed a Route Supervisory Group in an effort to better hold the industry to account and improve cooperation between the different bodies to drive improvements for passengers.
VIRGIN Train East Coast, which operates inter-city services on Britain’s East Coast Main Line (ECML) between London, Leeds, Newcastle and Edinburgh, has completed a £40m project to refurbish its fleet of 45 diesel High-Speed Trains (HSTs) and electric InterCity 225 trains.
BRITAIN's Department for Transport (DfT) announced on November 27 that it has awarded an eight-year contract to operate the Inter-City East Coast (ICEC) franchise to Inter City Railways (ICR), a joint venture of Stagecoach (90%) and Virgin (10%).
Desired by operators but often derided by passengers, onboard Wi-Fi is proving a difficult service to master. As demand for data continues to soar and places even greater strain on networks, Kevin Smith assesses what's next for train operators as they look to improve the reliability and availability of their train wireless internet offerings.
BRITAIN's secretary of state of transport Mr Patrick McLoughlin announced on April 16 that the Department for Transport (DfT) has reached financial close on a £2.7bn contract for a fleet of 65 225km/h Super Express Trains (SETs) for long-distance services on the East Coast Main Line (ECML).
Train catering if it is done well has the ability to become a unique selling point for long-distance passenger operators, but it can also be an Achilles' heel if it is done badly. As David Briginshaw explains, while there is a wide disparity between what operators choose to provide, there is also considerable innovation.