Rail service improvements and disruptions

04.07.12

Detailed manifesto for improved Eastern England rail services

A huge consortium of businesses, politicians, councils and rail users in Eastern England have come up with a ‘manifesto’ to improve rail services in the region over the next 20 years.

They are lobbying not only for the cherished East-West Rail scheme, but also for new track north of Chelmsford to ease congestion; a remodelling of Bow junction; new track at Lea Valley to improve services from London to Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire; and improvements at Ely North junction.

That is alongside broader calls for things like electrification of branch lines, increased capacity at the mainLondonterminus stations, new and modern rolling stock and print-at-home ticketing.

The regional rail manifesto was produced by the consortium of 36 MPs, 28 local authorities, 21 rail user groups and nine business organisations from Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.

The report says: “The prospectus has been produced at a pivotal time for the rail industry, ahead of the re-letting of the Greater Anglia franchise and the Department for Transport’s High Level Output Specification and Statement of Funds Available for Network Rail’s Control Period Five and during the consultation periods into the combined Great Northern, Thameslink and Southern franchises and the Essex Thameside franchise. It also follows the Government’s command paper on rail, which responded to the McNulty review into the rail industry.”

They say the manifesto’s aims – 31 individual demands – are both realistic and technically feasible, and would boost capacity in a region where both rail and road are struggling to cope.

It says rail eastern England has been under-funded historically and says: “Investment in our rail infrastructure is not an optional luxury but an economic necessity.”

The report’s short-term infrastructure priorities for CP5, from 2014-19, are as follows (route affected in brackets):

Bow Junction remodelling – Opens up capacity/slots at London Liverpool Street (GEML)

Felixstowe to Nuneaton Improvements – Completion of agreed Network Rail upgrades for CP4 and 5 on Felixstowe toNuneaton, including Ipswich Chord, to improve freight capacity and passenger services (FN)

Fully upgrade Ely North junction and related infrastructure – Enables increased frequency of Kings Lynn-Cambridge, Norwich- Cambridge, Ipswich-Peterborough, services to Stansted from Norwich and Peterborough and freight (various routes)

Crossrail development – Delivers capacity enhancements; but ensure local services are not disrupted (various routes)

Incremental Increase in WA capacity and line speeds – Third track long part ofLeaValley to alleviate congestion, boost services toStratford and 100mph running, upgrade of platforms to boost capacity (WA)

Increase GEML Line Speed – Enable all trains to run at 110 mph (GEML)

Building of a third track north of Chelmsford and additional station – New section of track to increase capacity and enable faster train running. New station to support housing growth (GEML)

Freight access to London Gateway – Gospel Oak to Barking electrification and reduction in level crossings (ET)

London station enhancements – Infrastructure improvements to improve station capacity atLondon Liverpool St and Fenchurch St (GEML,WA and ET)

Improvements to cross-regional services and branch lines – Package of incremental improvements including line speed upgrades to cross-regional and individual branch lines plus other projects to improve capacity or frequency for example Cressing Loop, level crossing constraints and track/platform capacity Norwich and Ipswich (Various)

The rolling stock priorities are:

New Intercity Trains – New InterCity standard trains onNorwich – Ipswich – Colchester –London service and as a minimum complete refurbishment of all rolling stock in meantime –InterCity and EMU. Potential to cascade 321s to north – replaced with new rolling stock (GEML and Southend line)

New High Quality Trains –London, Harlow, Bishop Stortford, Cambridgeshire and refurbishment of all trains as a minimum (WA)

Additional rolling stock – To utilise newly extended platforms on Tilbury route (ET)

IEP Trains –  London, King’s Cross –Cambridge, Kings Lynn (GN)

The services/timetabling priorities are:

All routes – As a minimum maintain existing services and stops

Lea Valley via Tottenham Hale to Stratford – Four trains per hour including toAngel Road,NorthumberlandPark and a re-openedLeaBridge station (WA)

Stansted Airport – Earlier arrivals at Stansted from 4am and half hourlyCambridge to Stansted (WA)

Branch Lines – Line by line analysis of incremental service improvements to address key gaps eg Ipswich –Peterborough to hourly (all)

Other priorities on all routes are:

Reliability – Outcome of reliability and punctuality to be higher than 93%

Stations –Refurbished stations with real-time passenger information

Ticketing – Introduce smartcard ticketing and ‘print-at-home’ on all routes

The full document is here: www.newanglia.co.uk/Assets/Files/Content/Rail%20prospectus%20for%20East%20Anglia.pdf

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

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

DfT names five winners of fresh £16m stations fund

28/07/2017DfT names five winners of fresh £16m stations fund

The DfT has today announced the successful bidders for a £16m package, part of the second phase of the New Station... more >
East Midlands Airport offers £2.5m fund to boost station connections

28/07/2017East Midlands Airport offers £2.5m fund to boost station connections

East Midlands Airport has today offered details of a £2.5m deal designed to improve station services as part of th... more >
Hitachi Class 800s pass digital signalling testing

28/07/2017Hitachi Class 800s pass digital signalling testing

Hitachi’s new fleet of Intercity Express trains have this week passed testing to run the digital technology requir... more >

editor's comment

03/07/2017Rapid progress needed

As RTM went to press, the National Infrastructure Commission outlined a list of the ‘top 12’ immediate priorities on which ministers must make rapid progress in the next year. Unsurprisingly, major rail schemes, including HS2, Crossrail 2 and HS3, featured highly in the projects that needed speedy development.  Lord Adonis stated that all of these have been agreed in principle, “but require decisive action to get ... read more >

last word

How do tram and rail passengers compare?

How do tram and rail passengers compare?

David Sidebottom, director at Transport Focus, analyses the drivers in performance of passenger satisfaction in tram compared to rail. Results published in our recent Tram Passenger Survey (... more > more last word articles >

'the sleepers' daily blog

Londoners given peek at abandoned Mail Rail Underground line

28/07/2017Londoners given peek at abandoned Mail Rail Underground line

Londoners will soon be able to enjoy a unique rail experience – by riding a train going along the disused Mail Rail line. The 6.5-mile track runs deep under the capital, criss-crossing Tube lines and formerly linking six sorting offices with mainline stations at Liverpool Street and Paddington. At most, the small, electric and drive... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

How can the new government support rail freight?

20/07/2017How can the new government support rail freight?

Following the recent general election, Maggie Simpson, executive director at the Rail Freight Group, considers what action the government can tak... more >
Building a sustainable future for rail services in Wales

20/07/2017Building a sustainable future for rail services in Wales

Geoff Ogden, interim managing director at Transport for Wales (TfW), talks to RTM about how the organisation is putting sustainable development a... more >
A potential benchmark for engineering quality and architectural design

20/07/2017A potential benchmark for engineering quality and architectural design

Victoria Hills, chief executive officer at the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), gives RTM an update on the work to create a... more >
Simple changes for energy efficiency

20/07/2017Simple changes for energy efficiency

Michelle Papayannakos, rail sustainability specialist at the RSSB, argues that improving the way energy is managed should be a high priority for ... more >

rail industry focus

  • 20/07/2017Keep cool and carry on

    RTM’s Luana Salles looks at the reasons behind the scorching summer temperatures on the Underground’s rolling stock – and what TfL is doing to change this.
  • 17/07/2017HS2: the catalyst for diversity

    RTM’s Josh Mines reports on how HS2 Ltd expects its supply chain to remove barriers to inclusion to build capacity and widen access.
  • 17/07/2017A win-win procedure for buyers and suppliers

    David Clarke, technical director at the Railway Industry Association (RIA), argues that a new partnership procurement mechanism might just be the key to developing innovative...
View all News

interviews

A game changer for Wales and Borders

17/07/2017A game changer for Wales and Borders

Andy Thomas, managing director for Network Rail’s Wales route, describes how the infrastructure owner will work more collaboratively than e... more >