Not a good week for HS2.
The Guido Fawkes website is running a number of articles on the project; suggesting that a crisis board meeting is being held today and calling into question the use of 17 PR agencies.
Meanwhile, UK companies looking to supply into the new railway are getting increasingly frustrated by HS2’s apparent insistence on strict adherence to the Utility Contracts Regulations 2016.
The UK rolling stock supply chain, having been burnt by previous government procurement exercises for both Thameslink and the IEP, is calling for UK content to be a contractual requirement for the new HS2 fleet.
HS2 remains adamant that under the EU mandated Utility Contracts Regulations this cannot happen.
If Chris Grayling is serious about securing a post Brexit Bounce for Britain's rail supply chain then a more flexible approach to HS2 procurement, that favours UK suppliers, must be mandated.
Otherwise the project's multi-billion pound spend risks disappearing off-shore.
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Not a good week for HS2.
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
This from The Liverpool Echo...
"Merseyrail will be hit by a 24 hour strike on April 8 - the day of the Grand National."
Meanwhile, here is an image of the RMT, possibly at Brecher's Brook...
On they go, and on they go; with Public Opinion, Furious Passenger and Withdrawn Funding in the lead...
Racegoers, Merseyside and Eye ask if colleagues might think again?
This from Virgin Trains East Coast...
"Four trains spanning four generations will travel side by side, in the same direction, along the East Coast Main Line on April 23 2017.
"This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the world famous Flying Scotsman travel alongside two trains from Virgin Trains’ revitalised fleet - an HST (Class 43), an intercity225 (Class 91) - and the rail operator’s brand new train, the Virgin Azuma (Class 800) which is being built by Hitachi in the North East, and will come into service in 2018.
"The four trains will travel together for several miles north of York to showcase the past, present and future of rail travel."
A nice of bit Beardie Rail PR that should look stunning from the air.
The event is being supported by Welcome to Yorkshire, Network Rail and the National Railway Museum.
Does Eye detect the hand of Stanton?
Monday, 20 March 2017
Coming to a Devil's Lantern near you...
Due to run for 'more than three weeks' on TV and at cinemas; and will be supported by posters on trains and at stations.
Good to hear both goods and passengers mentioned.
UPDATE: This from Steve Strong...
That's some confidence in the product.
Not a train to be seen!
UPDATE: This from Paul (Brigg Line) @Saturday_Only...
@TheFactCompiler Poster at Brigg Station, locals giggle at it as they have a 1 day a week services, running to an anti social timetable pic.twitter.com/gzQiWry4PR— Paul (Brigg Line) (@Saturday_Only) 20 March 2017
UPDATE: This apparently from ‘Tulyar’…
Good to see the Rail Delivery Group embracing both the tradition and diversity of today's railway in their new logo.
Much as new nations emerging from former colonies, or ethnic/cultural reformations attach significance to the colours and symbols (cont’ p94)…
I wonder if there is (or readers might attribute) significance to the colours used and their positions on the logo.
Eye suspects it had something to do with not using any existing TOC house colours (future franchise winners - fill your boots!).
Eye exclusive: Inside the office of the RDG CEO!
An Aldersgate mole has supplied extraordinary footage of recent high level discussions between leaders of the RDG and RSG.
Here Paul Plummer offers the Supply Chain a seat at the table:
Truly, Master of all he surveys!
This from the Transport Select Committee:
Saturday, 18 March 2017
That's the way to do it!
Although asking whether people might 'need this' appears a little superfluous?
On a two hour journey who can tell?
So best assume we all will?
But it's a start!
This from CornwallLive:
"An historic train journey which was supposed the first train to run direct from Okehampton to London in 50 years has been scrapped after the engine slipped down the line this morning, damaging the wheels."
A nice shiny green HST as well, with not a kettle in sight.
Friday, 17 March 2017
Wednesday, 3 August 2016
Thursday, 10 April 2014
Sunday, 23 March 2014
This from the Derbyshire Mafia...
And this from no less a person than the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Transport!
That is probably all! ;-)
Saturday, 15 March 2014
The Fact Compiler was resting when the sad news of Bob Crow's death was announced.
Bob was a straight dealing man and had an indefatigable belief that railways are very much part of the solution.
And of course he was, and is, right.
He was also a very good friend to Derby!
Eye salutes Bob and sends heartfelt condolences to RMT colleagues and, of course, Bob's family.
That is all.
This from the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Transport:
Perhaps the industry should share our own internal comms best practice with Marsham Street?
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
It's ABC time again.
Remember most industry magazines don't submit their titles to circulation audit so a bowler tip to those that do.
Here the 2013 circulation figures with those for 2012 in brackets...
Railway Magazine: 37,853 (37,285) - up 1.5%
Rail: 20,122 (20,123) - no change
Railway Gazette International: 10,711 (10,533) - up 1.7%
And by way of comparison, Steam Railway: 31,281 (31,810) - down 1.7%
Yet again reports of the demise of Dead Tree Media appear somewhat exaggerated.