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    Transpennine Route Upgrade and Electrification updates, CP6

    It would seem to me that electrification should be put on the back burner until we see what's happening with NPR after all the line is getting new rolling stock in the medium term anyway, we need to decide between NPR or TPE electrification I'm not sure having both are really justified.
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    Franchise failures and more

    Plus the continuing strikes isn't helping either
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    Economic Case for the Far North Line

    But your not going to save a great deal relatively speaking by closing Georgemas to Thurso and Wick, and will probably loose a significant number of customers so you may as well continue to run certainly to Thurso at least and probably both.
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    Stand behind the yellow line at Huddersfield

    Well yes not the only station you are getting this as well, as someone who grow up in the seventies I find this kind of thing as getting ridiculously over the top. I haven't actually been told off by anyone over this as yet but if I was they would get a right mouth full, At the age of 56 I...
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    Porterbrook Cl.769 'Flex' trains from 319s, initially for Northern

    Which just confirms to me that the time, effort and money being spent on a 30 year old train which doesn't compare particularly well with a new train is just crazy.
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    What will happen to Northern, ATW & GWR if the Class 769 "FLEX" fails?

    Your obsession with Bi-modes knows no bounds, lets not forget Northern is a cheap and cheerful franchise, other than maybe a Battery EMU for Windermere, likely simpler and cheaper for Northern to take more cascaded DMU's or 195's lets not forget the 769's are really covering for DMU's and the...
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    Economic Case for the Far North Line

    So what that doesn't nessesarly warrant the extra expenditure, even with your plan it still takes nearly 4 hours to get to Wick by train, as opposed to 3 hours by Bus and 2.5 hours by Car, for a Town with a population of about 7000. The town nearest to where live has a bigger population, doesn't...
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    Economic Case for the Far North Line

    You may think so but in terms of additional cost to benefit it may not be.
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    Economic Case for the Far North Line

    No but I'm not proposing it, and as far as I can see its not needed or required
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    Economic Case for the Far North Line

    Really so what's the actual cost? I presume you've fully costed out the extra cost of the 158 plus Crew costs etc, against the projected extra revenue it would bring in and the actual extra subsidy required, and that the subsidy would be better spent on this as opposed to something else?
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    Porterbrook Cl.769 'Flex' trains from 319s, initially for Northern

    Will they be even needed for Northern? Will Northern's fully expanded timetable be even fully implemented anytime soon?
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    Porterbrook Cl.769 'Flex' trains from 319s, initially for Northern

    While clearly the Project is late, although for Northern at least its probably less of an issue now with the current Timetable shambles, unless you work for Wabtec or Porterbrook you are unlikely to have any real idea how this project is progressing, or much evidence for the comment that its...
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    Economic Case for the Far North Line

    And how much are you going to increase the subsidy by to achieve this, in an area with a limited population that is already reasonably well catered for by the Bus service. As is frequently the case on here fantasy land economics with a bottomless pit of money.
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    Economic Case for the Far North Line

    My friends Tesla could probably just about get there and back without a recharge, but looking at Zap Map there are already chargers around Thurso, Wick, Scabster, John 'o Groats etc plus others out towards and beyond Dounreay, and some intermediate points down the A9 so it shouldn't be a problem...
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    Grayling: It's not my fault the May recast went wrong, I'm no rail expert

    While they may be not entirely to blame they are far from being blameless that's for sure, but Grayling will not want to put another franchise in DOR unless he has to. For the absolute utter shambles and general incompetence during the 1st week of the new timetable, and the excessive amount of...
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    Economic Case for the Far North Line

    But you forgot only Trains are acceptable public transport on here, even though buses may be a more suitable solution for the traffic and route on offer.
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    Grayling: It's not my fault the May recast went wrong, I'm no rail expert

    Grayling needs to go, so does Arriva Northern. and Network Fail needs a good kicking.
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    Class 710 LO

    Why would you want to do that similar trains similar problems I expect, except of course 345 carriages are longer which may cause issues in itself, they are also effectively 2 EMU's joined together and I expect it would be a non starter.
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    Economic Case for the Far North Line

    Both Shell and BP have bought charging companies and are starting to install them in Petrol Stations, Electric Vehicles are coming and in a big way in the next 10 years
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    Economic Case for the Far North Line

    I don't take kindly to being called a Liar, as at the time I was a trade plate driver that what frequently happens and if no public transport is available at your drop off then you hope that the customer will give you a lift to a point you can get public transport or try getting a lift from the...

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