Rail industry News
- Cities and shires across southern England will benefit from HS2
Research published today by Greengauge 21 shows that building HS2, the new high-speed line from London to the West Midlands, opens up lots of opportunities for new services on the existing rail network to meet local needs. “Services which simply cannot be fitted on today’s network will become viable once HS2 is built”, says Jim Steer, Greengauge 21 Director. “Non-stopping inter-city services from the North and the Midlands to London will transfer across to HS2, making space on the West Coast Main Line for more freight on rail and more local services.”
- The critical issue is capacity about HS2
Successive Transport Ministers have recognised that there is a problem of capacity on our national transport networks. The question is: what is the best way to address the problem, what answer offers best value for money and represents the most sustainable approach? “High Speed Two has been compared with options that centre on incremental investment on existing railway lines and it is evident that HS2 represents the best value for money answer”, said Greengauge 21 Director Jim Steer. He was responding to claims by the TaxPayers’ Alliance that there is no robust economic case for the project. The alternative rail options examined by the Department of Transport include ‘Rail Package 2’, an upgrade to the West Coast Main Line which the TaxPayers’ Alliance says ‘has a much better benefit cost ratio’. But once the need to maintain reliability levels on what would become an extremely busy railway is taken into account, the benefit cost ratio is lower than HS2 delivers:
- New High Speed Rail Proposals Unveiled
Transport Secretary Philip Hammond today confirmed that the Government’s proposed high speed rail network – which would link London to the West Midlands, Manchester and Leeds – will include a direct link to Heathrow and to the European high speed rail network.
- Chancellor announces 8,000 more West Midlands jobs could be created by high speed rail line
30,000 jobs could be created if the construction of a new high speed rail line from London to Birmingham goes ahead, Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, said today. More than 8,000 of these jobs are forecast for the West Midlands, with 4,500 of those at the planned new station site in Birmingham, which the Chancellor visited today.
- HS2 ROUTE NEEDS TO CONVINCE DOUBTERS
Railfuture Thames Valley Branch welcomes Transport Secretary Philip Hammond’s announcement today changing the route for the HS2 London – Birmingham high speed railway. More of the eight-mile (13 km) Amersham – Wendover section will be in tunnel to reduce HS2’s noise and visual impact on the Chilterns. This is in addition to the 11 miles (18 km) of tunnel on the route already announced by the previous government.
- High Speed Rail Business Debate
Thank you for that introduction Patrick. It’s great to be here at the NEC today talking about our plans for high speed rail. Before we start our panel discussion, I want to talk to you about the bigger picture for HS2. And the political context of the project. The central role it plays in the Coalition’s transport strategy. The huge benefits I believe it can bring to the West Midlands, this country as a whole, and British business in particular. How it fits into our wider agenda for rebalancing and rebuilding Britain’s economy. Why – even in a period of fiscal austerity – we are committed to pursuing such a huge investment. But, also the very strong opposition which will be articulated against the project and the importance of the business lobby in making the case for High Speed Rail.
- HS2- THE BATTLE BEGINS!
Strangely, the government’s proposals to construct High Speed Two has been met by a storm of opposition, largely by a group of people who fear for their way of life will be threatened.
- THAMES VALLEY RAIL ELECTRIFICATION
Railfuture Thames Valley Branch unreservedly welcomes Transport Minister Norman Baker’s announcement that the Great Western Main Line (GWML) will be electrified between Paddington, Didcot, Oxford and Newbury. He indicates that electrification will be complete in 2016, the same time as the Reading station enlargement already announced.
- New Oxford to London Rail Link
The idea of building a new, fast service between London and Oxford goes back a number of years. It was first mooted when Chiltern Railways took over the franchise in 1996, one driver being to reduce traffic on the already congested M40.
- TGV EST European
On June 10th Europe will see the latest addition to its high- speed rail network, when the first phase of TGV Est. opens to passenger service. This new service will dramatically cut journey times between Paris, Eastern France, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Germany.
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- Trans Eurasia Logistics and InterRail Services GmbH
(Berlin, January 11, 2011) At the beginning of January, Trans Eurasia Logistics (TEL) took over transport services for the “Ostwind” container block trains which run between Germany and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The company has established a common operations platform with IRS InterRail Services, a Transinvest Group St. Gallen company. IRS previously marketed this service via a joint venture with ICF Intercontainer-Interfrigo SA.
- Rail Europe launches a handy new carbon comparison tool
New figures reveal rail travel emits up to 10 times less CO2 than air travel Rail Europe today launches a carbon comparison tool on http://www.raileurope.co.uk, allowing environmentally conscious travellers to compare the impact travelling by train, car and plane has on the environment. Today’s travellers are becoming more and more savvy when it comes to choosing how to get away from it all. With it’s easy to read figures and graphs, Rail Europe’s new tool provides a quick and easy reference point, giving comparisons for 50 popular cities and ski destinations. The figures really speak for themselves in illustrating just how damaging air travel can be for the environment.
- CER to support Commission proposal towards a single European railway area
The European Commission has recently published the proposal to recast the first railway package which aims at codifying major pieces of railway legislation and at further facilitating the establishment of a single European railway area. CER welcomes this effort and outlines the sector’s position.
- CER welcomes discussion of TEN-T guidelines at informal meeting of EU transport ministers
The European Union’s 27 transport ministers met yesterday in Gödöllo, Hungary, for an informal Council meeting hosted by the Hungarian Presidency to discuss the review of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) policy. The Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) welcomes the discussion at ministerial level as it reflects the importance of TEN-T for the future of European transport. Like member states, CER supports developing a wide comprehensive transport network while concentrating efforts on a core network of the highest strategic importance.
- DB Schenker Logistics creates 600 new jobs in Leipzig to handle BMW order
DB Schenker Logistics creates 600 new jobs in Leipzig to handle BMW order New logistics center to supply components to automobile plants in China and South Africa as from fall • DB Management Board Member Rausch: One of the largest logistics projects in the history of DB Schenker (Frankfurt/Leipzig, February 11, 2011) DB Schenker Logistics, the logistics division of Deutsche Bahn, is setting up a new logistics center in Leipzig to supply components to automobile plants in China and South Africa. Schenker Deutschland AG will create around 600 new jobs in Leipzig to cope with this order from BMW plants.
- European Parliament vote widens gap between transport modes
The European Parliament’s plenary today confirmed the agreement on new EU legislation the rights of bus and coach passengers, which was reached on 30 November with Council representatives. The Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) points out that this agreement does not guarantee necessary rights for bus passengers. Moreover, it clearly violates the principle of a level playing field between transport modes.
- Arriva orders 419 new buses for UK bus fleet
Arriva plc, one of the UK’s leading bus operators, today confirmed it has placed £70 million of orders for its UK bus business which will see more than 400 new buses come into service during 2011. The orders build on the significant fleet renewal and growth by the group in recent years bringing the total in UK bus fleet investment to £250m since 2008.
- Rail Freight Group Meeting – 6 April 2011
The Rail Freight Group is pleased to announce that its Spring Group Meeting will take place during MultiModal 2011, on 6 April 2011 at the NEC, Birmingham.