Category Archives: Rolling stock

すべての電車はわれわれたちがいただいた (all your trains are belong to us): Intercity Express

It’s taken seven years, but the UK government has finally finished agreeing on the supply of new trains to replace the ageing InterCity 125 and 225 sets used on the Great Western and East Coast main lines, under the Intercity … Continue reading

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Crossrail Rolling Bullshit

Sorry to be crude but I just read a press statement from Mary Creagh, Labour’s shadow transport secretary, about the announcement on Thursday that Bombardier (a Canadian firm) has won the contest to build trains for London’s forthcoming Crossrail line. … Continue reading

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Unpicking the Intercity Express train order

The UK Department for Transport’s rail directorate must be breathing a sigh of relief. It has signed off the financing* for the second phase of the £5.8 billion (contract value) Intercity Express Programme – four years and five months after … Continue reading

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Inside the Thameslink deal, part 2

I’ve got an article on the Guardian’s Comment is Free website about Thameslink rolling stock, countering some of the heated rhetoric that’s been expended over the last two years about this, particularly on the vexed subject of British jobs. I write: “To … Continue reading

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Inside the Thameslink deal, part 1

So, the Thameslink rolling stock contract (see below) is finally signed, the finance is signed (on Thursday 27) and Siemens is unquestionably delivering those trains. I’ve been on the phone to some very well-placed sources to try and sift fact … Continue reading

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Thameslink trains: nearly there, and already started

Today’s announcement from the UK Department for Transport that it’s formally awarded (but still not signed) the public-private partnership contract for Thameslink trains to the Siemens’led consortium is hardly a surprise. It comes just two days after credit ratings agency … Continue reading

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Crossrail decision exposes lack of faith in private cash

On Friday, the Department for Transport abruptly announced that it was pulling the plug on plans to use private finance – effectively a public-private partnership – to pay for the trains for the forthcoming Crossrail line across London. This came as some surprise; … Continue reading

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