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Thameslink Begins Testing At Redeveloped London Bridge

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article in Rail Magazine.

This is said.

Direct trains from Blackfriars to London Bridge stopped in January 2015, but will resume this month once further testing and driver training has been completed. A full service introduction is planned for May.

That sounds like good news to me!

January 5, 2018 Posted by | Transport | , , | 3 Comments

Legal & General To Invest £350m in UK Rail Infrastructure

The title of this post, is the same as this article on Railway Technology.

Wikipedia says this about Legal & General.

The company offers a wide range of products for individuals and corporate businesses. Its investment management is the UK’s largest investment manager of UK pension fund assets and has a growing US business, based in Chicago, Illinois.

So in a few years time, your pension might own a couple of nuts and bolts on a train.

January 5, 2018 Posted by | Finance, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

MP Calling For Borders Link To High-Speed Rail Network

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article in the Southern Reporter.

My feeling is that I don’t think the MP should worry about this one.


  • When High Speed 2 opens to Crewe in 2027, London to Glasgow trains will take under four hours.
  • The West Coast Main Line will be improved between Carlisle and Glasgow.
  • Freight traffic between England and Scotland is increasing.
  • A large freight interchange could be built at Longtown.
  • Increased services between Liverpool/Manchester and Edinburgh/Glasgow are starting.
  • Carlisle station is being refurbished.

All this will lead to more through traffic at Carlisle.

I would think it would be extremely likely, that the West Coast Main Line between Carlisle and Longtown will be improved substantially.

If this happens, then any extension of the Borders Railway will have a fast link to HS2 at Carlisle, from where it will probably join the West Coast Main Line in the Longtown area.

It should also be noted, that High Speed 2 is being designed to give benefits to as many places as possible.

A Borders Railway connected to Carlisle fits this strategy.

January 5, 2018 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

TfL Plans To Sell Part Of Its Tube Trains To Raise £875m For New Piccadilly Line Fleet

The title of this post is the same as this article on the International Business Times.

Why not?

London’s Underground and Overground trains are well-built and well-cared for assets, that will probably be in service for excess of forty years.

Both parties win!

  • Transport for London, get a pile of cash, that can be invested in new trains.
  • The leasing company get a safe investment, in which to invest pension funds and other funds looking for long term investments.

In some ways, the leasing company’s biggest risk, is that new technology comes along, which means that TfL decide to change the trains and the trains are returned to the leasing company.

So long as the terms and costs are right, I’m all for it!



January 5, 2018 Posted by | Finance, Transport | | 1 Comment