BRITAIN’s Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that it will ditch plans to electrify the Midland Main Line (MML) between Kettering, Nottingham, and Sheffield, the Great Western Main Line (GWML) between Cardiff and Swansea, and the Windermere - Oxenholme branch in the Lake District.
BRITISH infrastructure manager Network Rail (NR) and train operators CrossCountry and East Midlands Trains have announced that the £200m remodelling of track and signalling in the area around Derby station will be upgraded during 79-days of engineering, starting on July 22 2018.
The need to provide additional capacity while improving reliability and reducing costs has energised the market for rolling stock refurbishment and retractioning in Britain. Keith Barrow considers whether innovative rebuilds of older trains can deliver passenger satisfaction and operational efficiency.
BRITAIN's rail minister Mrs Claire Perry announced on September 16 that the Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded an interim contract for the East Midlands franchise to the current operator, Stagecoach Group subsidiary East Midlands Trains (EMT).