New Greater Anglia Bombardier trains delayed

NEW trains for Greater Anglia will be late arriving, because their manufacturer Bombardier has encountered software problems.It is not the first time recently that trains from Bombardier have been delayed for this reason. Software problems have also affected the delivery of new trains for London Overground and Crossrail, although these

11 December: news in brief

Birmingham tramline extension opens earlyTHE next Birmingham city centre tramline extension has opened to passengers ahead of schedule. West Midlands Metro is now running services on the line to Centenary Square. It’s the first modern tramway section in Britain which uses battery trams, without the need for overhead wires. Pacers offered

Three classes planned for Avanti West Coast

NEW Intercity West Coast operator Avanti has revealed that it is planning another class of travel, which would be inserted between Standard and First.Passengers buying tickets for the intermediate 'premium economy' class would sit in first class areas but have fewer at-seat extras than first class ticket holders, with snacks,

Stunning blue livery for GB Railfreight Class 60s

ONE of the 10 Class 60s acquired by GB Railfreight from Colas Rail has been outshopped by Arlington Fleet Services, Eastleigh, in a bright blue livery.  No. 60026 carries the house colours of leasing company Beacon Rail, which financed the purchase of the locos, five of which have long-range fuel tanks,

New Avanti franchise launches on West Coast

THE new Avanti West Coast franchise is being officially launched today. A consortium of FirstGroup and Trenitalia won the West Coast Partnership contract, displacing Virgin and Stagecoach after more than 20 years on the route, and assumed responsibility at 02.00 yesterday morning.The new operator will provide intercity services on

Freightliner Class 66 named You Are Never Alone

FREIGHTLINER joined forces with Samaritans and Greater Anglia at Ipswich station on November 21 to name No. 66416 You Are Never Alone. Neil McNicholas, Freightliner managing director of UK Rail, said: “We wanted to partner with Samaritans for this loco-naming ceremony to pay tribute to, and raise awareness of, the