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The Railway Magazine

May 2019

The Railway Magazine has been published since 1897 and is now the UK's best-selling general interest rail title. Every month, The RM provides enthusiasts and professionals with authoritative and informed news coverage of the following: - Network Rail and the train operating companies - Locomotives, multiple units, carriages and wagons - Steam, heritage and the preservation world, inc narrow gauge- Metro and underground systems - In addition, the magazine carries frequent items of overseas interest. The Railway Magazine is also renowned for its wide-ranging and innovative feature coverage, encompassing up-to-the-minute developments as well as historical, nostalgic and foreign subjects. The magazine is also renowned for its award-winning photographic content.

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franchising is so unpredictable

There’s one aspect of rail Privatisation and franchising we’ve learned to get used to over the past 25 years – its unpredictable nature.The news Stagecoach Group not only failed in its bid to retain the East Midlands franchise, but was also disqualified from bidding for the Southeastern and lucrative West Coast Partnership franchises, was not only a surprise, it could well deter the company and indeed others from investing in rail. Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson has said the Virgin Trains name could disappear by November.For both companies, which have been a dominant force in rail for more than 20 years, it’s a sad day. Staff of both companies, some of whom I know personally, have been dealt a bitter blow because there is a strong family-type bond…

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the rolling stock conundrum

I’VE been making comments for some months about the mess in the rolling stock market. Several months on, matters have still not improved, and by Easter no new trains had entered service.‘Pacers’ should be between a third and halfway through a withdrawal programme, but are still running.Around 140 HST vehicles sit idle in store while CrossCountry services remain often full and standing, and their service beyond Exeter is abandoned because ‘Voyagers’ and sea water don’t mix.Redeploying six to eight sets for CrossCountry to work into Devon would go a long way to solving several problems.With the summer coming, the time to cut a deal is now, but I am not holding my breath.But by far the biggest scandal, one which the national press has not really latched onto, is…

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the railway magazine

EDITORIAL Editor: Chris Milner Deputy editor: Gary Boyd-Hope Consultant editor: Nick Pigott Senior correspondent: Ben Jones Designer: Tim Pipes Picture desk: Paul Fincham and Jonathan Schofield Publisher: Tim Hartley Production editor: Sarah Wilkinson Sub-editor: Nigel Devereux Editorial assistant: Jane Skayman Classic Traction News: Peter Nicholson Operations News: Ashley Butlin Narrow Gauge News: Cliff Thomas Metro News: Paul Bickerdyke World News: Keith Fender Archive enquiries: Jane Skayman 01507 529423 jskayman@mortons.co.uk ADVERTISING Divisional advertising manager: Sue Keily Advertising: Craig Amess camess@mortons.co.uk Tel: 01507 529537 PUBLISHING Subscription manager: Paul Deacon Circulation manager: Steve O’Hara Marketing manager: Charlotte Park Publishing director: Dan Savage Commercial director: Nigel Hole Published by: Mortons Media Group Ltd, Media Centre, Morton Way, Horncastle, Lincs LN9 6JR PRINT AND DISTRIBUTIONS Printed…

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branson: virgin trains name could disappear

Sir Richard Branson at the unveiling of the Class 800 ‘Azuma’. VIRGIN Group founder Sir Richard Branson has expressed shock at the disqualification from bidding, and has admitted the bold Virgin name, which has been on the side of trains for 22 years, could disappear. Virgin‘lost’the West Coast Main Line (WCML) franchise in 2012 to First Group, but in the face of a legal challenge to the technical flaws in the bidding process, connected to how civil servants calculated the risks for each bid, the DfT cancelled the competition, and Virgin continued to operate WCML inter-city services. High speed Since then, the DfT has awarded a series of incremental contracts to the planned end of the current extension on March 31, 2020. At this…

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abellio awarded east midlands franchise

A DECISION by the Department for Transport (DfT) to award the East Midlands rail franchise to Abellio in the face of the disqualification of incumbent Stagecoach could have far reaching effects on rail franchising. The decision could lead to the Virgin Trains name disappearing, company founder Sir Richard Branson has admitted. The surprise announcement by the DfT on April 10 not only confirmed the disqualification of Stagecoach, but additionally barred them bidding for the South Eastern franchise with partner Alstom, and also the lucrative West Coast Partnership franchise with partners Virgin and SNCF. The decision, which  is related to pension risk (see story on this page), has sent reverberations throughout the industry. Abellio has been awarded an eight-year contract from August 18, 2019 until 2027 to…

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could stagecoach go legal now the pensions crisis is finally out in the open?

DISQUALIFICATION of Stagecoach’s bid to retain the East Midland franchise and its ban from two other franchise competitions stems from submitting non-compliant bids, principally in respect of pensions risk. It has since emerged Arriva was barred from bidding, also for pensions risks, leaving Abellio as the only contender. The DfT said Stagecoach had been trying to change the rules so as to limit on-going liability for the shortfall in pension funding. Train operators pay into the industry-wide Railway Pension Scheme, which has seen a deficit increase from £4.8billion to £7.5bn in three years. Stagecoach, which has sought clarification from the DfT, argues franchise bidders are being asked to bear full long-term funding risk at a time when the Pensions Regulator is seeking additional funding because of…