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  • ·The government has announced the end of rail franchising, with Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps saying ‘the model of privatisation adopted 25 years ago has seen significant rises in passenger numbers, but this pandemic has proven that it is
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    UK government announces the end of rail franchising

    2020-09-21T08:38:00Z

    UK:·The government has announced the end of rail franchising, with Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps saying ‘the model of privatisation adopted 25 years ago has seen significant rises in passenger numbers, but this pandemic has proven that it is no longer working’.

  • The Department for Transport has exercised its option to extend the Emergency Measures Agreement covering FirstGroup’s Great Western franchise until at least June 26 2021.
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    GWR Emergency Measures Agreement extended

    2020-09-01T09:47:00Z

    UK: On September 1 the Department for Transport exercised its option to extend the Emergency Measures Agreement covering FirstGroup’s Great Western franchise until at least June 26 2021. FirstGroup Chief Executive Matthew Gregory said this ‘provides important clarity and continuity for our customers, employees and wider ...

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    Great Western Railway takes delivery of trimode electro-diesel multiple-unit

    2020-08-31T05:00:00Z

    UK: Great Western Railway has taken delivery of the first of 19 Class 769 Flex multiple-units equipped to operate using 750 V DC third rail, 25 kV 50 Hz overhead or diesel power. The Class 769 has been developed from Class 319 dual-system EMUs formerly used ...

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    GWR buys vehicles outright in HST fleet expansion

    2020-08-19T06:42:00Z

    Photos: Tony Miles UK: Despite concerns over future passenger numbers, the Department for Transport has given permission for Great Western Railway to procure three more shortened HST diesel trainsets, branded as the Castle Class by the franchisee. Each set comprises four refurbished PRM TSI-compliant ...

  • The Department for Transport has directly awarded incumbent FirstGroup a new three-year contract to continue to operate Great Western services
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    FirstGroup says new Great Western contract has ‘appropriate balance’ of risk and reward

    2020-03-30T10:34:00Z

    UK: The Department for Transport has directly awarded incumbent FirstGroup a new three-year contract to continue to operate Great Western services from the expiry of the current direct award on April 1 2020 until March 31 2023, with a possible extension of up to one year at ...

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    Franchise decisions imminent, as Shapps targets concession model

    2020-03-03T14:13:00Z

    UK: Decisions about the future of the Southeastern and Great Western franchises are set to be announced imminently, according to Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps.

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    Trains refurbished to provide a ‘dedicated airport experience’ on the Heathrow Express

    2020-02-27T10:44:00Z

    UK: Heathrow Express has released images of the Bombardier Transportation Class 387 electric multiple-units which are being refurbished as a dedicated pool for use on the London Paddington – Heathrow Airport shuttle service from this summer. The 12 four-car Electrostar EMUs previously ...

  • GWR Class 387 Electrostar
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    Supply chain to collaborate on ETCS deployment

    2020-02-12T06:00:00Z

    UK: An agreement for the original manufacturers of existing rolling stock to take a more active role in the retrofitting of ETCS has been reached by leasing company Porterbrook, Siemens Mobility and Bombardier Transportation. ‘This is an excellent example of collaboration and partnership across the supply ...

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    GWR launches mobile assistance service

    2020-01-22T06:00:00Z

    UK: GWR has launched a 10-member mobile Customer Assistance Team to help enable passengers with reduced mobility travel with confidence. Until recently people needing additional assistance were helped onto a train by one member of staff and met at their destination by another. This meant that ...

  • The 08.50 to London Paddington on January 5 was the first passenger service to leave Cardiff Central using electric power (Photo: Jeremy Segrott).
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    Cardiff electric services go live

    2020-01-07T15:09:00Z

    The 08.50 to London Paddington on January 5 was the first passenger service to leave Cardiff Central using electric power (Photo: Jeremy Segrott). UK: GWR’s 08:50 train to London Paddington on January 5 was the first passenger service to leave Cardiff using electric power, after the ...

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    Non-PRM compliant trains get last-minute derogation

    2019-12-24T12:18:00Z

    UK: A few days ahead of the January 1 2020 deadline for ensuring compliance with tighter accessibility standards, the Department for Transport has granted limited dispensations for operators to keep in service for up to one year trains which do not meet the TSI-PRM requirements.