Archive for category: Train Operating Companies

Launch of new London-Blackpool open access service delayed by rolling stock availability

Arriva-owned open access operator Alliance Rail Holdings has confirmed it will be unable to begin its new Blackpool-London Euston service next year as planned. The company, which received approval from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) in 2015 to launch the new service, said it had been unable to acquire the Class 390 Pendolino […]
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Go-Ahead to take over another German rail route

Go-Ahead has been awarded the Network 3A Murrbahn operating contract by the Baden-Württemberg Public Transport Authority and the Bavarian Railway Authority (BEG). Go-Ahead has been chosen ahead of the incumbent operator, Deutsche Bahn (DB), to operate commuter services on the Stuttgart – Schwäbisch Hall-Hessental – Crailsheim – Nuremberg route. Subject to a 10-day standstill period, the company […]
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Greater Anglia reveals mock-up of new Stadler Flirt

Greater Anglia has unveiled a mock-up of one of its new Stadler Flirt trains at its Norwich depot. In total the train operating company (TOC) is spending £600 million on 378 new carriages from Stadler’s in Switzerland, which are due to enter service from 2019. The Flirt’s will have ‘fast’ Wi-Fi according to the TOC, with air […]

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Renfe orders 15 new high-speed trains from Talgo in €495m deal

Renfe has taken up the option for an additional 15 high-speed trains from Spanish rolling stock manufacturer Talgo. The option was included in an initial deal that the state-owned Spanish operator made with Talgo for 15 Avril trains back in November 2016. In total, the contract is worth €495 million, €242.7 million for the purchase of the variable […]
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SNCF to rebrand its high-speed service TGV in bid to attract more customers

SNCF has announced it is to rebrand the TGV high-speed brand as inOUI in a bid to attract more customers. The French rail operator plans to attract 15 million new customers by 2020 by offering two clear-cut services, the low-cost high-speed service OUIgo – which has to date carried 13 million passengers, operating at a 90 per cent […]
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‘Impeding new blood can only lead to sector failure’ – ALLRAIL calls for change to help new rail services

Locomore’s recent insolvency is a reminder of the difficulties facing new train operating companies. That is the message from ALLRAIL, an association which represents non-incumbent freight operators and open access passenger operators. Locomore was a crowdfunded German TOC that began operating in 2016 as a low-cost alternative to DB. It aimed to attract new passengers […]
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Eurostar launches e320 train for London to Brussels route as extension to Amsterdam edges closer

Eurostar has officially launched its new e320 trains ahead of their introduction on the London to Brussels route later this week. Designed by Italian firm Pininfarina and manufactured by Siemens, the e320 is based on the Velaro family of trains and boasts 20 per cent more capacity than the original Eurostar trains. They will consist of 16 coaches with 894 seats […]
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Crowdfunded railway company Locomore files for insolvency

A crowdfunded German train operating company that began running services in 2016 has filed for insolvency. Locomore was launched as a low-cost alternative to DB but – despite growth in its revenue- the venture has not become cost-effective. In a statement released on its website, a spokesperson for Locomore said (Translated from German): “Both the […]
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Virgin and Stagecoach partner with SNCF for West Coast franchise bid

Virgin and Stagecoach, the current operators of the West Coast rail franchise, have established a new joint venture with SNCF to bid for the future West Coast Partnership operating contract. Virgin and Stagecoach said they’d brought France’s national rail operator onboard to meet a requirement in the future franchise agreement for experience in high-speed rail […]
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Faster trains and reduced journey times for MTR Express

MTR Express is to shorten journey times on some of its routes after receiving approval to increase the speed of its intercity trains. The Swedish Transport Agency, Sweden’s rail regulator, has given the open access operator permission to raise the maximum speed of its FLIRT trainsets to 200 km/h, reducing journey times by up to […]
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Virgin at 20

Andy Milne looks back at 20 years of Virgin’s involvement with the rail industry Well, my dear, how does it feel to be a Virgin again?’ 20 years ago, when Virgin first took to the metals, you could get away with such humour. Cue hearty gales of laughter down the line from Birmingham. Broken-hearted Miriam […]

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