The Anonymous Widower

Trains Needed For The East West Railway

This is a simple calculation, that I need to write East West Railway Company To Start Second Phase Of Rolling Stock Procurement.

I shall first calculate the length of the proposed services on the East West Railway.

The Distance Between Oxford and Bedford Stations

Looking at various legs I get the following distances.

  • Oxford and Bicester Village stations – 11.7 miles from Real Time Trains.
  • Bicester Village and Bletchley – 18.6 miles from Google Maps, using a large screen and a ruler.
  • Bletchley and Bedford – 16.5 miles from the Wikipedia entry for the Marston Vale Line.

These distances give a total distance of 46.8 miles

The Distance Between Oxford and Milton Keynes Central Stations

Looking at various legs I get the following distances.

  • Oxford and Bicester Village stations – 11.7 miles from Real Time Trains.
  • Bicester Village and Bletchley – 18.6 miles from Google Maps, using a large screen and a ruler.
  • Bletchley and Milton Keynes Central – 3.1 miles from Real Time Trains.

These distances give a total distance of 33.4 miles

The Distance Between Aylesbury and Milton Keynes Central Stations

Looking at various legs I get the following distances.

  • Aylesbury and Aylesbury Vale Parkway – 2.3 miles from Real Time Trains.
  • Aylesbury Vale Parkway and Bletchley – 20.5 miles from Google Maps, using a large screen and a ruler.
  • Bletchley and Milton Keynes Central – 3.1 miles from Real Time Trains.

These distances give a total distance of 25.9 miles

Journey Timings

This page on the Bedford Borough Council web site, gives a timing of sixty minutes between Bedford and Oxford.

Looking at routes between Cambridge, Ipswich and Norwich, this sixty minute timing is not unreasonable, when compared to Norwich and Ipswich, which is 46.2 miles and takes about 45 minutes on a railway with an operating speed of 100 mph.

The only thing I would say, is that if it were possible to run a train between Bedford and Oxford in an hour including the turnback time, this would give advantages.

  • The round trip would be two hours.
  • It would be easy to organise a clock-face timetable, that left at the same time each hour from both terminal stations and all the intermediate stations.

I will assume that a two hour round trip is feasible.

Using this speed, I can estimate journey times for the other services.

  • Oxford and Milton Keynes Central Stations – 43 minutes
  • Aylesbury and Milton Keynes Central Stations – 33 miles

Comfortable two hour round trips would be possible.

Number Of Trains Needed

As each service could be a two hour round trip, they would need just two trains for an hourly service and four trains for a two trains per hour (tph) service.

The services, their frequencies and the number of required would be as follows.

  • Oxford and Bedford – one tph – two trains
  • Oxford and Milton Keynes Central Stations – two tph – four trains
  • Aylesbury and Milton Keynes Central Stations – one tph – two trains

Note.

  1. That is a total of eight trains.
  2. If a three hour round trip is needed for Oxford and Bedford, then an extra train will be needed.

It is slightly surprising, that the interim fleet is between twelve and fourteen trains according to this article on Railnews, which is entitled East West Rail Takes Next Step Towards New Trains.

 

November 14, 2020 - Posted by | Transport |

4 Comments »

  1. I like the idea of EWR developing, planning and constructing the infrastructure (let NT worry about the current railway) but they shouldn’t be involved with train procurement or service provision. This should be one of the TOCs or new concessions which really ought to be WMT who could have extended there 196 order. However, this line should have been electrified from the outset, another farce, it will be miles cheaper to do it while its being constructed.

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | November 14, 2020 | Reply

    • I am not impressed with CAFs diesels, as they have a noisy transmission and this railway should not be diesel hauled, especially as it appears, that since the covids, the world has decided to build back greener.

      Boris is thinking of banning the sale of diesel and petrol vehicles by 2030, so surely, as a train will last for up to forty years, as opposed to the ten or so of some cars, we shouln’t be buying any more diesel trains.

      I believe the line will be electrified fully in the future, as it will be carrying freight, which needs electric haulage to go carbon-free, unless Rolls-Royce MTU or some other engine manufacturer can develop a solution using hydrogen.

      Electrification of any line needs careful planning and to change the project by adding electrification now, would surely delay it.

      Hopefully, after building the railway, they will have identified the problems, they’ll have when they electrify it.

      I have a couple more posts on this to come. But this one needed to be published first.

      Comment by AnonW | November 14, 2020 | Reply

  2. […] Trains Needed For The East West Railway, I calculated that the proposed services could need around eight or nine […]

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  3. Any new railway – line not just EWR – should be electrified form the opening day, if not then it will just be pushed back again and again…
    8 for service and at least one for reserve, but more likely 3, also Aylesbury line sould be extended rater then a new service run on the Aylesbury – Milton Keynes .

    Comment by Daniel Altmann | November 23, 2020 | Reply


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