Latest Rail News

28.06.16

Funding decision for Class 801 bi-mode conversion due in autumn

The decision on how to fund the conversion of the Great Western Main Line Class 801 units to bi-mode operation will be made in the autumn, the DfT has said.

In response to a question from Lilian Greenwood MP, Claire Perry, the minister for rail, said that the department is currently considering a number of funding options for the conversion process.

“I plan to make a decision on funding in the autumn,” she said.

Originally the Class 801 fleet was to be all electric, supported by 36 five-car bi-mode Class 800s due to be running on the Great Western routes from 2017-18.

But, last month, after receiving a formal submission from Agility Trains West, the train supplier, to convert the Class 801s to bi-mode operation, the DfT approved the decision.

However, Perry didn’t elaborate on how the DfT expects to recover the conversion costs.

Greenwood served as shadow transport secretary until she stood down on Sunday as part of a flurry of resignations from the Shadow Cabinet in protest at Jeremy Corbyn’s role in the campaign to remain in the EU, as reported in RTM’s sister title PSE.

Have you got a story to tell? Would you like to become an RTM columnist? If so, click here.

 

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

Rail industry Focus

View all News

Comment

The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >

'the sleepers' blog

Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to in... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

Interviews

Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he would not rule out his organisation issuing future r... more >
Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projects across the UK, Pearson Business School, part of... more >