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07.09.12

Government answers questions over IEP carriage numbers

The Government has said a “more efficient deployment of rolling stock” is what allowed the reduction in carriage numbers under the Intercity Express Programme (IEP).

In a Parliamentary question, Labour’s shadow transport secretary Maria Eagle asked “for what reason the projected carriage numbers for the Intercity Express Programme rolling stock contract have been reduced since May 2010”.

New transport minister Simon Burns replied: “The projected number of carriages for the Intercity Express Programme rolling stock contract fell from 950 to slightly more than 750 under the previous Administration, but has not decreased substantially since May 2010.

“A small number of carriages were reallocated in later phases of IEP, rather than in the first phase, and following ongoing reviews of how the train sets can be deployed, Agility Trains proposed delivering a similar level of service with a lower number of carriages as a result of more efficient deployment of rolling stock.”

For our interview with Hitachi Rail Europe MD Keith Jordan on the IEP, see the August/September 2012 edition of Rail Technology Magazine. Rail professionals can subscribe at www.railtechnologymagazine.com/subscribe

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Mikeyb   10/09/2012 at 20:54

Does the reduction from 950 to 750 mean that fewer complete trains are now going to be ordered from Hitachi, for services on both East Coast and Great Western or will the same number of trains be ordered but each will now consist of fewer carriages? Perhaps someone might explain!

Editor   11/09/2012 at 08:56

Hi Mikey, those numbers relate to the number of carriages. Hitachi's current break down of the figures goes like this: 21 nine-car electric trains and 36 five-car bi-mode trains for the GWML (369 carriages), and 12 five-car electric trains and 10 five-car bi-mode trains for the ECML (227 carriages), with an option for a further 30 nine-car electric trains (270 carriages).

Andrew Oxon   11/09/2012 at 11:04

Using "carriages" is misleading, since the trains are multiple units and it is very difficult to add or remove a carriage as required. DB uses locos +carriages very effectively as they are cheaper than dedicated mulitple units. Why not in UK?

Mikeyb   11/09/2012 at 17:42

Thanks Editor. However, as Roger Ford would undoubtedly say, the numbers still do not seem to add up. Nevertheless, I am still not convinced that five-car trains for the ECML will be sufficient capacity to replace the current fleet on this route, unless it is the eventual intention to run the majority of trains between London and Newcastle as ten-cars.

Editor   12/09/2012 at 08:39

You're right on the numbers Mikey, sorry about that, I missed a line out: GWML 21x 9-car electric 36x 5-car bi-mode (369) ECML 12 x 5-car electric 10 x 5-car bi-mode 13 x 9-car bi-mode (227, with an option for a further 30 x 9-car electric, 270) On your second point - well, indeed!

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