Monthly Archives: December 2012

Overcrowding on trains – looking at those figures

Crowded trains The latest figures on overcrowding on trains may not come as a surprise to commuters on Britain’s increasingly busy rail network. Gwyn Topham observed in the Guardian: ‘Three London Midland evening rush-hour trains from Euston to Birmingham on … Continue reading

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Dinner with the Stephensons – part two

The second part of Alan Marshall’s post looking at the history of the London-Birmingham Railway and the challenges we face today….  Britain’s limited structure gauge limits capacity As a result, today in Great Britain we are not able to operate … Continue reading

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Dinner with the Stephensons – part one

A dinner that took place 175 years ago this Sunday is a welcome reminder of the challenges facing railway engineers past and present, writes Alan Marshall in the first of a festive two-part post.   A festive feast with historic … Continue reading

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The Challenge of Maintaining the West Coast Main Line, part 2

The WCML maintenance challenge The second part of Alan Marshall’s blog post looking at the difficulties of maintaining the West Coast Main Line examines problems at the southern end of the route. Looking further ahead, it is clear from Chris … Continue reading

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The challenge of maintaining the West Coast Main Line

The battle to keep the West Coast Main Line operating Since this article was written there have been further problems on the West Coast Main Line (December 12) between Rugby and Northampton causing major delays for passengers.  HS2 opponents would … Continue reading

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HS2 opponents’ Euston capacity claims are misleading

Capacity claims HS2 opponents claimed last week that trains leaving Euston were only half-full. There are Virgin Train services leaving Euston that are 52% occupied, but to suggest this represents all peak-services on the West Coast Main Line is selective … Continue reading

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No Go-Slow for HS2 – part three

In the final post Alan Marshall looks at the M1 ‘alternative’ and makes a brief comparison of HS1 and HS2. M1 alignment at 300km/h — ‘substantially more complicated’ London-Birmingham journey time would be 55 minutes. As with the M40 corridor, … Continue reading

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