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    HS2 frequency to remain at 18 trains per hour confirms minister

    I'd 4 track from Preston to Oxenholme (2 tracks HS2/Avanti/TPE, 2 tracks Northern/freight) then build a 2 track, straight, deep level tunnel from Oxenholme to Penrith, and 4 track Penrith to Carlisle (2 tracks HS2/Avanti/TPE, 2 tracks freight) The current bendy, hilly route via Shap will be...
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    HS2 frequency to remain at 18 trains per hour confirms minister

    Well for starters i dont think Zurich and Bern can be compared to Preston and Carlisle. Lancaster and Preston are very similar sized cities, with the difference in station usage probably because Preston has more services to Manchester, services to Blackpool etc. Oxenholme and Penrith are...
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    Easiest/hardest franchises to manage?

    I'm not sure there are many at all, other than the Crosscountry ones due to the fact XC operate no stations. Is Lockerbie still operated by Scotrail? (No Scotrail services call at Lockerbie)
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    HS2 frequency to remain at 18 trains per hour confirms minister

    The via Birmingham service is being retained. However it is too slow and is not an alternative to a HS2 or WCML Trent Valley service
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    HS2 frequency to remain at 18 trains per hour confirms minister

    There are a lot more losers with HS2: Coventry Stafford Stoke Wilmslow? Stockport Chester (the sole reason they werent even thought about for HS2 is because of the lack of OHLE. Also their services will have stops added) North Wales (ditto) Oxenholme (HS2 is planned to skip it) Penrith...
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    Easiest/hardest franchises to manage?

    Definitely not. They may not operate any stations but there are a good amount where they are the only operator. Crosscountry is one of the hardest (not the hardest but close) because of its large network serving everywhere from Aberdeen to Penzance. A delayed Scotrail train could easily cause...
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    National Rail Step Free Access Map

    There definitely are a large amount of stations you have to leave the station and use the road that goes under/over the railway to crossover step-free. Dorchester South appears a much exaggerated version of this, with the nearest roads with bridges/underpasses crossing the railway very far from...
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    Easiest/hardest franchises to manage?

    Euston, Vauxhall, City Thameslink, Farringdon, Moorgate. In the past they have run to Waterloo one summer during major engineering works. Also they used to technically run to City Thameslink and Farringdon (but these were joint with Thameslink)
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    Easiest/hardest franchises to manage?

    I have counted it differently, I got: GWR 253 Scotrail 371 Southeastern 392 Northern 400 SWR 417 GTR 516 Also bear in mind most of these units are 2 to 4 car which join together - whereas the Thameslink Class 700s are fixed 8 or 12 cars and the GN 717s fixed 6 cars, so GTR have an even higher...
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    Easiest/hardest franchises to manage?

    What about from Birmingham to Shrewsbury? Manchester to Crewe? Manchester to Chester? Liverpool to Chester?
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    Easiest/hardest franchises to manage?

    I believe they run on the same lines somewhere with every TOC in England other than Northern, TPE, Merseyrail, C2C and Chiltern.
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    Medium term rail timetable

    The works at Gatwick Airport station have actually come at the right time, because for now, the Littlehampton and Eastborune services run separately, (no splitting at Haywards Heath) so there is more capacity. It also scrapped the Gatwick Express services which terminated at Gatwick, which would...
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    Easiest/hardest franchises to manage?

    Hardest: Govia Thameslink Railway. Similar to Northern, it covers a very wide area, and has longish distance and short metro services. Due to the Thameslink core, delays can cross London and wreak havoc, such as a problem on the Welwyn Viaduct messing up services on the BML. There are also many...
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    Transport for London will "declare itself bankrupt" by end of today (14 May 2020) without emergency finance

    That's the type of bus I would not bother running during this time - it duplicates the 407 from Croydon to Sutton and the 213 from Sutton to Kingston, only serves town centres, when the current needs are to get from our houses to the town centres/hospitals, as well as serving an airport which...
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    Trivia: Which major town has the least direct route from London?

    Having thought about it, Sutton also has a lot of used routes to London Terminals: Sutton - Mitcham Junction - Clapham Junction - Victoria Sutton - West Croydon - Selhurst - Clapham Junction - Victoria Sutton - West Croydon - Norwood Junction - (New Cross Gate) - London Bridge Sutton -...
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    Trivia: Which major town has the least direct route from London?

    I meant actual routes though, most of these are not used for actual services. Dartford has 5 routes, which are all used for some services. In the case of Dorking, only 3 of those 41 routes are used: Epsom - Worcester Park - Wimbledon - Earlsfield - Waterloo Epsom - Sutton - (Mitcham Junction)...
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    Trivia: Which major town has the least direct route from London?

    It's also very unusual in having 3 routes to the same London Terminal (well technically it has 5 - via Greenwich and Woolwich, via Lewisham and Woolwich, via Bexleyheath, via Sidcup calling at Lewisham, via Sidcup avoiding Lewisham). It is also unusual in having services to 9 London Terminals...
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    Have TfL been told to accept e-tickets?

    A very high proportion of teenagers do have contactless cards actually - and their must be some way to implement child and railcard fares onto contactless cards. Also, under 11s already travel free on the Tube anyway so they are not an issue.
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    Trivia: Which major town has the least direct route from London?

    There are direct Chiltern services now. Also the fastest route not using these would be Stratford > Leamington Spa > Coventry > Euston. There is no need to go into Birmingham.
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    Trivia: Which major town has the least direct route from London?

    Probably not. Once you have gone around to Gallions Reach, it is basically a straight line to London (other than a couple of bends at Canning Town)

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