Good news from National Express East Coast.
Consultants employed by the TOC have backed their bid for additional ECML paths!
No shit sherlock!
Thursday, 30 October 2008
In assessing the affordability of DafT's High Level Output Specification for its final Determination (published today) the Office of Rail Regulation had to take into account the cost of leasing extra vehicles.
Obviously the source of data is DafT's Laughing Stock Plan which allocates the 1156 (at the last count) additional vehicles.
When DfT submitted its HLOS in July 2007, it estimated that at least 1300 new vehicles would be required to deliver the extra capacity.
In its SBP Network Rail estimated 1519.
DfT published a Rolling-Stock Plan in January 2008. This stated that “The emerging indicative number of vehicles is set out in Appendix B. The additional trains may be new vehicles or vehicles cascaded from other services.”
As Appendix B of its document combined new vehicles and cascades we did not use it as the basis for our draft determinations.
So even with all those consultants ORR is baffled too!
The jaded scribbler is moving to
Randall, who is taking up a news editor’s role on an English language daily in
Those who have been on the receiving end of barbs in his Rail Professional column are unlikely to share that view and will be pleased to see the back of him.