Friday, 25 July 2008
Good news for Community Rail lines.
According to the Yorkshire Post plans to introduce Britain's first "tram-train"appear to have stalled.
Network Rail is nervous about granting the light weight vehicles access to routes used by heavier passenger and freight trains. At the same time Stagecoach, operator of the Sheffield Supertram, is proving distinctly lukewarm to suggestions that abstractive Northern tram-trains should run through city streets on their network.
Less ACoRP accuse the Fact Compiler of being unusually Κασσάνδρα-like he feels compelled to point out that the introduction of new rolling stock generally results in a dramatic increase in passenger loadings
Therefore he is at a loss to understand why the proposed tram-trains have a third less seats than the Pacers they are due to replace and will also have no WCs aboard..
The muesli-munchers continue to keep fingers and other parts of their anatomies crossed that these obstacles can be overcome.
Intending passengers will need similar skills as the journey between Huddersfield and Sheffield takes a prostate challenging 70 minutes!
***Oyster Card readers are on the blink again this morning meaning that Pay as You Go customers are travelling for free...***
Second failure in two weeks - see here