Thursday, 18 July 2013

Railway Garden Competition - Barking

This from Trailer Second...

The LTS main line down platform.

Railway Garden Competition - Dalmarnock

Pointless signs - Blackfriars

Brown joins DfT Board

This from the DfT...

Richard Brown appointed to the Department for Transport Board

Richard Brown CBE has been appointed as a Non-Executive Member of the Department for Transport Board by Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin.

He joins lead Non-Executive Director Sam Laidlaw and other Non-Executives Ed Smith, Alan Cook, Sally Davis, Mary Reilly and John Kirkland.

Good news indeed.

And just months after completing his independent review that validated franchising!

Eversholt speaks for industry on IEP

This from Eversholt Rail... 

Eversholt Rail is disappointed that the Department for Transport has decided to proceed with IEP Phase 2 and prescribe what rolling stock will be used on the new East Coast Mainline franchise.

We continue to believe that the best option would have been to let the market decide...."

Quite so.

So much for all that wibble from DfT that it is for TOCs to determine what rolling stock they want to use.

The big question, of course, is will Ninky Nonk lease costs turn East Coast from a 'profitable' franchise into one requiring a net subsidy?

Eye awaits the latest spreadsheet magic from Captain Deltic with interest.