Rail Express August 2020

RAIL EXPRESS is Britain's favourite modern rail enthusiast title. Undoubtedly the best for modern traction photography, the magazine keeps readers informed and entertained with undiluted coverage of Britain's railways in the diesel and electric era. First produced in 1996, RE has set a new standard for the hobby, with a clean design, high quality paper and the best reproduction. January 2008 saw the magazine relaunched in an innovative 'supersize' format, showing off the ground-breaking contents to the best advantage. Every issue includes news and analysis covering the present day railway scene, plus the latest preservation developments. Also inside: RAIL EXPRESS Modeler - Diesel & Electric era modeling magazine

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support your local line

IT is really pleasing to see that finally, as we head back towards normal – or rather ‘new normal’ while we work to keep Covid-19 at bay – that our heritage lines are able to start reopening again. Out on the main line, the lockdown crisis has reminded the country just what a vital service the railway network provides. Media headlines of recent years have complained that rail services are overcrowded, too expensive and badly managed – some of which was justified – but now passenger and freight operators can only be praised for keeping the country moving and supplied throughout lockdown. This is why the Government stepped in to keep passenger services running, even when they were often practically empty. And it looks likely to continue supporting services for the foreseeable…

3 Min
no return to franchises soon

THE franchised passenger operators are continuing to operate under the terms of Emergency Measures Agreements (EMAs), where the Department for Transport meets the cost of providing the timetable for key workers and other essential travel. The EMAs are due to expire on September 19, but the Government has said that franchise agreements will not be reinstated in their current form as an expected shortfall in revenue will invalidate previous contract assumptions. The preferred alternative appears to be the concession style of agreement, which is already used by Transport for London for its London Overground services, and the Liverpool City Region for Merseyrail. The change means that train operators will no longer have responsibility for revenue and become operational contractors, with the relevant public authority determining the performance benchmark and fares policy. This business model…

3 Min
tfn seeks £49 billion

TRANSPORT for the North has put forward rail investment proposals to the National Infrastructure Commission for a 20-year programme of development worth £49 billion. This includes the upgrades required for the Northern Powerhouse network at an estimated cost of £39 billion, with a further £10 billion available for smaller scale projects. The scope of future Northern Powerhouse services has now been defined and is centred on six hubs at Hull, Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester and its airport, and Liverpool. It integrates HS2 into the network with new and upgraded infrastructure. The route map includes a new line between Liverpool and HS2 at Warrington, with chords that provide a north-facing junction for access to Manchester and a south-facing junction to reach Crewe and beyond. A further new alignment is proposed between Manchester and Leeds…

1 Min
prospects rise for international sleeper services

AN unexpected revival of overnight services in Europe has taken place, with the Austrian State Railway (ÖBB) introducing a new overnight link between Brussels and Vienna at the start of this year. ÖBB has committed investment to 13 new trainsets for overnight travel, including sleeping cars marketed as the ‘Nightjet’ service, which includes destinations in Germany. European lobby group Back on Track has identified the potential for a new generation of overnight sleeping car services as users increasingly reject airline travel to prevent high carbon emissions. To encourage such modal change, proposals have been made that include the introduction of a new aviation fuel tax and offering operators a Public Service Contract with negotiated subsidy payments to contribute to the cost of running services. In the UK, the Department for Transport has said…

3 Min
in brief

WORK STARTS ON GOOLE FACTORY PRIME Minister Boris Johnson visited Goole on July 6, to see work start on Siemens’ £200 million train manufacturing plant. The site should be running from 2023 and will be used to build new Piccadilly Line trains for London Underground, creating up to 700 direct jobs and an additional 1700 in the supply chain. The site will also include a research and development and digital innovation cluster serving the UK rail sector, with industry suppliers co-located on site. WABTEC JOB CUTS WABTEC, Doncaster has begun a 45-day consultation period with employee representatives and trade unions as it seeks to reduce the workforce by up to 450 by early 2021. The company said the market was changing as operators turned to new fleets rather than refurbishing older vehicles. LOCKDOWN SHUNTERS MANY…

2 Min
irish governments see positive future for rail beyond lockdown

TRANSLINK boss Chris Conway appeared before the Infrastructure Committee of the Northern Ireland Assembly on June 3, to give an update on the company’s performance during the coronavirus pandemic. He reported that passenger journeys by bus and rail had fallen on average by 90% since the start of the lockdown in March – with only 80,000 recorded in April at the height of the crisis so far, down from the usual monthly figure of seven million. Mr Conway added that there would be a shortfall in the company’s finances of around £130 million over the next year and that revenue was currently “next to nothing”. NI Infrastructure Minister Nicola Mallon issued a statement on June 16, reaffirming her commitment to the long-term future of the Belfast to Londonderry line. Lobby group “Into the…