The Fact Compiler's latest column in Passenger Transport published on the 26th April...
UPDATE: This from a Mr Tony Miles...
May I add a response to your interesting (and timely?) column on electrification?
Why just Network Rail?
I understand Siemens has an interest in power generation in another part of its empire and I’m sure others do too. Why not offer a “design, build, maintain and power” contract for new trains? The builder would be obliged to either construct a power plant of some sort itself or join a consortium that would include a power generation partner.
As you suggest with NR – there’s nothing to stop them creating additional capacity and selling it to other rail operators or the market at a good price….
Of course had IEP been let on this basis would the bidding consortium have been so happy to agree to build a load of trains which would consume additional electricity to carry round those heavy diesel engines or would they have come up with an alternative solution?