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03.07.12

Record 125mph reached on Midland Main Line test run

An East Midlands Trains Class 222 Meridian was run at record speed on the Midland Main Line on Sunday, as part of a test to research the effects higher speeds would have on the track infrastructure.

Network Rail and East Midlands Trains operated the diesel train at 125mph on a short stretch between Bedford and Ampthill.

Network Rail is working to increase speeds on the line from spring 2014 to reduce the journey time between Sheffield andLondonto under two hours. Some improvements to the track are due in December 2013, including closing certain foot crossings and changing the canting of the track.

Scientists from the University of Birmingham examined the aerodynamic effects and pressure waves created when the train ran through the tunnel at Ampthill. This research will be used for other projects, including HS2.

EMT also examined the effects on the driver’s view of the line and signals at high speed.

Network Rail’s route managing director Martin Frobisher said: “Work carried out on test runs like these won’t just be used on this stretch of railway but will be used in many future rail projects.”

David Horne, managing director for East Midlands Trains, said: “This trial is a small but important test which will eventually lead to faster journeys between Sheffield andLondon. Taking the train is already faster than driving from South Yorkshire toLondon.

“This exercise will allow rail to retain its competitive edge over the car and help improve our customers’ experience. It shows that by working hard, in partnership with Network Rail, we will deliver an even better service to our passengers who use ourLondonservices.”

The Midland Main Line is one of Network Rail’s priorities for electrification. The Government will announce whether it will be funded for electrification during CP5 in the upcoming HLOS.

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at opinion@railtechnologymagazine.com

Comments

Jb   03/07/2015 at 17:40

May we please have an East Midland Trains service from Manchester or Stockport to St Pancras to compete with the sole franchise holder on the route to Euston?

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