UK rail – Rail Eisure http://raileisure.com/ Wed, 26 May 2021 12:15:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.2 https://raileisure.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png UK rail – Rail Eisure http://raileisure.com/ 32 32 Maidstone shunter driver Terry Currie who lost his arm in a terrible accident at Dollands Moor Freight Yard in Folkestone demands that employer DB Cargo admit liability https://raileisure.com/maidstone-shunter-driver-terry-currie-who-lost-his-arm-in-a-terrible-accident-at-dollands-moor-freight-yard-in-folkestone-demands-that-employer-db-cargo-admit-liability/ https://raileisure.com/maidstone-shunter-driver-terry-currie-who-lost-his-arm-in-a-terrible-accident-at-dollands-moor-freight-yard-in-folkestone-demands-that-employer-db-cargo-admit-liability/#respond Wed, 26 May 2021 11:44:00 +0000 https://raileisure.com/maidstone-shunter-driver-terry-currie-who-lost-his-arm-in-a-terrible-accident-at-dollands-moor-freight-yard-in-folkestone-demands-that-employer-db-cargo-admit-liability/

A father of two who lost his right arm after a horrific collision at work asks his employer to publicly accept his responsibilities and apologize so he can start rebuilding his life.

Terry Currie, 45 from Maidstone, suffered life-changing injuries when a freight train collided with the gasoline-powered buggy he was driving over a crossing during a routine shift as as shunting driver for DB Cargo.

Terry Currie is an avid cyclist in his spare time

This happened in 2018 at the Dollands Moor freight yard in Folkestone.

Mr Currie, who was due to marry his fiancee Maxine shortly after the crash, attempted to jump out of the vehicle to avoid the head-on collision but was dragged more than 20 meters after the collision.

At Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on March 22, the Doncaster-based company was fined £ 200,000 after an Office of Rail and Road (ORR) investigation found that freight operator no ‘had failed to protect its workers, by not providing a safe way to cross. rail tracks.

The prosecution found that the tunnels under the tracks had fallen into disrepair, one closed and the other unusable due to faulty lighting, so drivers were forced to cross the tracks at one crossing. level, without proper signaling to alert them of oncoming trains.

Since the incident Mr Currie has undergone intensive rehabilitation and will need serious care for the rest of his life, including specialized prosthetics which cost over £ 100,000 to install and maintain.

Terry Currie from Maidstone
Terry Currie from Maidstone

Mr Currie said: “My life will never be the same after the accident. The past two years have been difficult to come to terms with and it is not lost on me that I am incredibly lucky to be alive.

“You don’t realize how losing your arm affects simple things like playing with my kids, camping, cycling and soccer. I honestly cannot thank my fiancee Maxine and our two young children for the strength and support they have given me since the accident.

He added: “We have been asked to work in incredibly dangerous conditions for years and my accident could easily have been avoided.

“Although DB Cargo has provided support in terms of rehabilitation, it must accept responsibility for the permanent damage that its negligence has caused to my life, and it should bear the full cost of my recovery.

An avid footballer, Mr. Currie has played in a local six-a-side league and is an avid cyclist in his spare time.

“… my accident could easily have been avoided.”

Prior to joining DB Cargo, the UK’s largest freight operator, he had over five years of rail industry experience working for contractors employed by Network Rail.

Lawyers representing Mr. Currie say “systemic failures” lead to this horrific incident that must be taken into account.

Trevor Sterling, Partner and Major Injury Manager at Moore Barlow Law Firm, said: “The serious failures of DB Cargo and the lack of proper safety measures meant that an accident at this yard was inevitable.

“The corners were severely cut, and that ultimately led to Terry’s horrible accident.

“DB Cargo must be held accountable for the terrible consequences of their fault and can learn the lessons that will prevent this from happening again.

“But the failures of this endeavor should not be viewed in isolation.

“There is a systemic safety issue in the freight industry, government cuts mean underfunded regulators cannot oversee and properly enforce the appropriate standards.”

A spokesperson for DB Cargo UK said: “The safety of our employees, other rail users and the general public is of utmost importance to DB Cargo UK.

“Although deeply regrettable, this was a unique and isolated incident and voluntary action was immediately taken by the company to stop using all strollers at Dollands Moor.

“Site risk assessments and safe working systems have been reviewed and all operators have received appropriate refresher training.”

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Norfolk residents urged to have their say on Ely rail improvements https://raileisure.com/norfolk-residents-urged-to-have-their-say-on-ely-rail-improvements/ https://raileisure.com/norfolk-residents-urged-to-have-their-say-on-ely-rail-improvements/#respond Tue, 25 May 2021 10:14:00 +0000 https://raileisure.com/norfolk-residents-urged-to-have-their-say-on-ely-rail-improvements/

The people of Norfolk have been urged to have their say in plans to tackle a rail bottleneck, with council leaders saying it could improve rail services and boost the county’s economy.

Network Rail’s second round of public consultations to increase rail capacity via Ely began this week.

The north, south, east and west lines all meet at Ely, Cambridgeshire, including services from Norwich and King’s Lynn.

The owner and operator of the rail infrastructure says the system is at full capacity and has £ 22million in funding to develop plans and consult them.

Last year there were consultations on the changes at Ely North Junction, and attention has now turned to Ely South.

The six-week consultation includes track and platform changes at Ely station, bridge improvements and the closure of a level crossing.


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Network Rail says the program could increase the number of off-peak passenger and freight trains in each direction, from 6.5 trains per hour in each direction to 10 per hour in each direction, including additional trains between King’s Lynn and London.

And Martin Wilby, a member of the Norfolk County Council’s cabinet for highways, infrastructure and transportation, urged people to respond to the consultation.


Martin Wilby, Member of the Highways and Infrastructure Cabinet at Norfolk County Council

Martin Wilby, Member of the Highways and Infrastructure Cabinet at Norfolk County Council.
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He said: “We fully support investments to help break the bottleneck at Ely which, at the moment, severely limits the number of trains that can run from King’s Lynn to London and Norwich to the west.

“This crucial program has the potential to increase rail capacity, improve connectivity, provide a potential increase in passenger services and support the rail freight industry, all of which are even more important than ever because we want to as Norfolk and the economy of the region as a whole. , to emerge as strongly as possible from the effects of the pandemic.

“We will take a close look at the consultation and provide a thoughtful response to the proposals and options that were released this week, and I urge others to do the same.”

Another public consultation is scheduled for later in 2021 on the remodeling of the track alignment at the Ely North junction.

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£ 100million rail upgrade could return direct connections between Coventry and Leicester and Nottingham stations https://raileisure.com/100million-rail-upgrade-could-return-direct-connections-between-coventry-and-leicester-and-nottingham-stations/ https://raileisure.com/100million-rail-upgrade-could-return-direct-connections-between-coventry-and-leicester-and-nottingham-stations/#respond Tue, 25 May 2021 02:00:00 +0000 https://raileisure.com/100million-rail-upgrade-could-return-direct-connections-between-coventry-and-leicester-and-nottingham-stations/

Political leaders hailed plans which could see the return of direct rail services between Coventry and the East Midlands for the first time in 20 years.

A new report suggests direct links could be established between the city of the West Midlands and Leicester, Loughborough, East Midlands Parkway and Nottingham within four years.

And he said the move would cut travel times by about a third.

For a long time, the low level of service between the East and West Midlands has been criticized.

But a report from Midlands Connect promotes plans for direct rail links between Coventry, Leicester and Nottingham, as a “unique opportunity” to better connect the three big cities.

It comes weeks before the planned release of the Government’s Integrated Rail Plan, setting out the program for the next 30 years of rail transport and outlining government spending in the Midlands and North.

Plans from Midlands Connect – the transport partner of the Midlands Engine – suggest adding two million more seats to the region’s rail network each year.

They also suggest two new trains per hour, also stopping at Loughborough and East Midlands Parkway, made possible by a new ‘dip’ at Nuneaton, alongside plans to improve line speed along the route.

Currently, passengers must change trains and platforms at Nuneaton.

Midlands Connect said the downside means only 3% of journeys between Coventry and Leicester are made by rail, compared to 30% of journeys between Coventry and Birmingham.

He said the suggested changes would cut journey times from Coventry to Leicester from 54 to 38 minutes and from Coventry to Nottingham from 108 minutes to 70 minutes.

More people using the train – which Midlands Connect says produces 80% less CO2 than car journeys – would also help meet the net zero targets.

Subject to funding – with costs estimated at between £ 90m and £ 100m – the first trains could run as early as 2025.

Midlands Connect is now hoping to get the green light to take the plans to their next stage of development, creating a business case before the end of next year.

Leicester Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: “I can’t think of two UK cities other than Coventry and Leicester which are so close but so terribly connected by rail.

“At the moment, it can take up to an hour and 20 minutes to travel less than 40 km, and passengers have to change trains halfway through – it’s just not enough.

“Given this, it’s no wonder 97% of the trips on this route are by road.

“By reintroducing faster direct connections, we can encourage more people to travel sustainably, strengthen working relationships and increase productivity. We must now move forward to create detailed delivery plans, with government support. “

Coventry City Council Chief Councilor George Duggins said: ‘There is no other way to look at it – here we have a missing link, a really important link between the east and the West Midlands, and this is an opportunity to reforge it.

“These plans will open Coventry, its jobs, leisure destinations and universities to communities in the East Midlands and vice versa.

“At the moment, the East-West Midlands rail links are sub-standard, which is holding us back from a more productive and sustainable future.

“Turning these plans into reality is an essential step in boosting prosperity and the use of public transport in our region – let’s go.”


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Trains for North Wales rail routes roll off production line https://raileisure.com/trains-for-north-wales-rail-routes-roll-off-production-line/ https://raileisure.com/trains-for-north-wales-rail-routes-roll-off-production-line/#respond Mon, 24 May 2021 11:58:56 +0000 https://raileisure.com/trains-for-north-wales-rail-routes-roll-off-production-line/

New trains for North Wales routes have rolled off the production line – trials are set to take place in the area.

The transformation of the Wales and Borders network has taken another step forward with the first of the all-new Class 197 trains.

Tests have started on the first two of 77 new trains – in North Wales and North England – and they are expected to start entering service from next year.

They will operate on the North Wales Main Line and Conwy Valley Line services, as well as services to North West England and Cardiff.

The bodies for Class 197 Civity trains were built in Beasain, northern Spain, by Spanish rolling stock manufacturer CAF before final assembly at the company’s plant in Llanwern, Newport.



The transformation of the Wales and Borders network has taken another step forward with the first of the all new Class 197 trains coming off the production line.

Lee Waters, Deputy Minister of Climate Change, said: “As we recover from the pandemic and work for a greener future, we must do all we can to encourage more people to get back on the train.

“Seeing these new trains roll off the production line is a positive sign of improving the quality of train travel in Wales.”

James Price, Managing Director of Transport for Wales, said: “It is an exciting step to have Transport for Wales build the first brand new trains out of the production line and under test.

“The Class 197s will be an important part of the transformation of the Wales and Borders network and we look forward to welcoming passengers to the new trains from next year.

“We are delighted with the quality of the trains and proud that final assembly took place in Newport, supporting highly skilled jobs and creating new jobs in the area.

These new trains will provide increased comfort to TfW customers with features such as leather seats (first class), stain resistant seats and a modern air conditioning / heating system.

Class 197 trains are also equipped with an intelligent seat reservation system. Seat reservations will be downloaded from the reservation computer each time the crew change ends on the train.

Richard Garner, UK Director of CAF, said: “CAF is proud to play a key role in fulfilling Transport for Wales’ commitment to transform rail transport. Our ‘Made in Wales’ trains put the needs of passengers first and will ensure high quality, reliable and comfortable travel on the Welsh rail network. “

The £ 30million CAF plant at Celtic Business Park near Llanwern Steelworks in Newport has grown from just 12 employees in 2016 to more than 200 today.

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Bomb squad examines ‘suspected explosive object’ at Small Heath station https://raileisure.com/bomb-squad-examines-suspected-explosive-object-at-small-heath-station/ https://raileisure.com/bomb-squad-examines-suspected-explosive-object-at-small-heath-station/#respond Sun, 23 May 2021 18:50:50 +0000 https://raileisure.com/bomb-squad-examines-suspected-explosive-object-at-small-heath-station/

A suspected explosive object was found near the tracks at Small Heath Station today.

The bomb disposal experts were changed to the suspicious item shortly after 3:30 p.m.

The object was found in a canal near the station tracks.

Trains were stopped and UK Transport Police officers set up a cordon while bomb experts examined the device.

They identified him as a shell and removed him from the area.

The incident is still causing delays on trains between Birmingham Moor Street and Tyseley, although the disruptions are expected to disappear by 8 p.m.

A spokesperson for the UK Transport Police said: ‘Officers were called to the station near Small Heath station at 3.38pm following reports of a suspected explosive object found in a canal in proximity to the tracks.

“Agents went to the scene and a cordon was put in place.

“The object was examined by demining experts who identified it as a shell and removed it from the tracks.”




National Rail said the lines had now been reopened as emergency services were now “safely off the line.”

A spokesperson added: “Trains will now be warned across the area and could still be delayed or canceled until 8:00 p.m.”

Chiltern Railways services between Birmingham Moor Street and West Ruislip are affected.

West Midlands rail services between Worcester Foregate Street / Worcester Shrub Hill and Stratford-upon-Avon as well as between Birmingham Snow Hill / Stourbridge Junction and Dorridge are also affected.


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Fordingbridge Railway Hotel reopens after lockdown https://raileisure.com/fordingbridge-railway-hotel-reopens-after-lockdown/ https://raileisure.com/fordingbridge-railway-hotel-reopens-after-lockdown/#respond Sat, 22 May 2021 11:02:00 +0000 https://raileisure.com/fordingbridge-railway-hotel-reopens-after-lockdown/

The newly renovated Fordingbridge Railway Hotel has reopened after months of closure due to the lockdown.

The old Station Road pub has been transformed into a new boutique hotel and yesterday (Friday May 21) began welcoming hotel guests and patrons.

The history of the building

It was opened in the 1860s by Eldridge Pope, a brewer from Dorchester, and served Fordingbridge station, which was one of the stops on the new Salisbury and Dorset railway.

The line was closed in 1964 and the Railway Hotel became The Load of Hay and was later named after artist Augustus John.

The renovation

The renovation was led by Brian Currie, who restored the Regal Cinema in Shaftesbury Street, Fordingbridge.

Restoration work on the building took around two years and cost around £ 2million. The design is dedicated to its historic rail links.

There are five en-suite bedrooms – each named after famous trains including the Orient Express, the Bournemouth Belle, and the Flying Scotsman.

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The rooms have their own individual and unique design inspired by their train namesakes.

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There is also a separate two bedroom cottage and a large downstairs bedroom suitable for people with reduced mobility.

Excitement of welcoming guests

Manager Mark Pinn said: “It is really great to welcome people to the Railway Hotel. It is a brand new hotel.

“The whole team is really delighted to welcome all of our customers and guests and to be able to show them around.”

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Mark says the hotel is “totally different” from other establishments in the area with its “unique” rooms, which provide a different experience for its guests.

What the hotel will bring to Fordingbridge

“It will be unique because it is the only hotel in Fordingbridge,” adds Mark. “I expect more people to come and travel and stay in the area and visit the New Forest.”

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To eat

The hotel also provides a dining experience for visitors as well as first-class Pullman dining car guests with international cuisine available including Korean beef and Panzanella style salad, shown below, along with candied pork belly and tandoori chicken, familiar favorites like fish and chips and steak.

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A lunch menu is also offered alongside a selection of desserts including a double chocolate brownie with caramel sauce, raspberry tuille and vanilla ice cream, Pimm’s jelly and vanilla pie.

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All of the stands have been created to resemble a train car and have their own image view of an iconic destination.

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The hotel hopes the menu will appeal to both locals and visitors.

Covid security measures

  • Guests and diners will scan the QR code upon arrival
  • Hand sanitizer will be in various locations around the hotel
  • Staff will clean surfaces regularly
  • Tables will be socially distanced and reservations will be limited
  • Masks will be worn by staff and guests
  • The rooms will be disinfected and cleaned between stays

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Mark said, “It’s about keeping cleanliness and everything else to make people feel safe.”

Staycations

Due to the pandemic, stays are expected to be popular again this year and the hotel is hoping to see demand for its rooms.

Mark says the hotel is already seeing demand with rooms “selling out pretty quickly” with high demand, especially on weekends.

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“We expect it to be a busy summer. We will welcome everyone – families, couples, singles, anyone who wants to come to this area of ​​the New Forest,” he added.

“There is a lot to do here and a lot to see.”

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Letters from the Readers: Privatization Has Failed Both Rail and Energy Users https://raileisure.com/letters-from-the-readers-privatization-has-failed-both-rail-and-energy-users/ https://raileisure.com/letters-from-the-readers-privatization-has-failed-both-rail-and-energy-users/#respond Sat, 22 May 2021 06:05:03 +0000 https://raileisure.com/letters-from-the-readers-privatization-has-failed-both-rail-and-energy-users/

If I remember correctly, Sir Bob Reid, who was chairman of BR at the time, made strong recommendations not to privatize and fragment the railways in the manner proposed by the government. The privatization has failed and claiming that the new proposal is “not a nationalization” to a large extent can only be described as a kind of deception.

The privatization of the electricity industry in 1990 also resulted in fragmentation and failure. There are currently around 164 electricity supply companies in the UK and the price of electricity is increasing on average 4 percent per year, well above inflation. There is no central planning body or authority to implement the construction of the energy infrastructure necessary to meet the government’s own targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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The government is now expected to announce its intention to create a national energy authority with statutory powers to manage the energy sector. It is time to recognize that the market is not a suitable system for the energy sector, without noticeable competition between companies and with escalating prices.

Failure to do so will impose high electricity prices on consumers over the next few years and they will have little choice but to pay for government incompetence.

C Scott, Mortonhall Road, Edinburgh

When Tory MP Robert Adley warned of the dangers of privatization, he waved a British Rail timetable – “a wonderful book” – explaining it allowed passengers (and freight) to travel smoothly from Wick to Penzance on a single ticket. Mr. Adley has been vindicated. It’s sad he’s not here to see it.

The Williams-Shapps report should have gone further by allowing a directly operated service to run the entire network – LNER has shown this to be a role model. Nationalizing the railways is one of the most popular policies with the electorate and if the Tories were to pass it completely it would make people wonder ‘what are Labor for?’

Moreover, while privatization has separated the Union, nationalization brings it together.

It makes perfect sense that in the new configuration, ScotRail services are integrated with Great British Railways – the UK network is a single entity and there is no border at Berwick.

The same logic should be applied to the UK’s fragmented and privatized power generation system, where many private providers are losing economies of scale and, muzzle in wind power troughs, subsidies ensure that electricity bills will increase at an exponential rate.

William Loneskie, Justice Park, Oxton, Lauder

In her extensive review of the rationale for Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s cabinet reshuffle, Gina Davidson made only a fleeting reference to one important point – succession planning (your report, May 20). She rightly suggests that Ms Sturgeon sees new Health Secretary Humza Yousaf and Finance and Economic Secretary Kate Forbes as the two who could one day replace her at the helm. Regardless of the machinations surrounding the timing of the independence referendum, this change could take place as early as the fall of next year.

By then Mrs Sturgeon will have made history as First Minister since the Scottish Parliament was established in 1999. She would be less than human if she did not consider this point, or soon after, to be the right one. moment to intervene. down.

What are the relative advantages and disadvantages of the two proposed successors? Ms. Forbes doesn’t just have the comparative youth advantage. She has excellent communication skills, a forensic understanding of everything that has been entrusted to her, as well as respect and affection within her party. Few serious political commentators will ever forget the bizarre circumstances in which she was thrown into the government limelight following Derek Mackay’s resignation. She was able to present a budget with confidence and gain the respect of parliamentarians from all parties.

None of this in and of itself means she has the stamina and temperament to lead a team through a Covid takeover and constitutional war. But his insight and persistence stands in stark contrast to Mr. Yousaf’s equivocal approach. He often appears uncertain, hesitant, less informed and much less likely to face harsh criticism.

Nicola Sturgeon rose to power partly through a strong partnership with Alex Salmond and partly through her determination and vision. If Ms Forbes can foster her own strong partnership, she has the means to help her party hold onto power for the rest of the decade.

Bob Taylor, Shiel Court, Glenrothes

I’m not much of a football fan, but the Beautiful Game is so embedded in Scottish culture that even I am aware that Rangers have come a long way – from lower leagues – have waited a long time and worked hard to win what whatever the cut. I just won. Under the circumstances, it is no surprise that their devoted fans wanted to celebrate with effervescence.

However, like many, I was appalled at the scenes where Rangers fans all gathered and behaved so badly last weekend. Well, I was appalled until I read that the Rangers club had tried to prevent trouble and ensure a celebration that would both be safe and satisfy the enthusiasm of their fans. They knew that it wouldn’t be possible to prevent fans from individually deciding to go to Ibrox to celebrate this remarkable victory, so how best to manage the process?

In April, the club president wrote to the Scottish government asking that, over four consecutive nights, 10,000 season ticket holders be invited to Ibrox to join in a celebration in the stadium. The request was rejected on the grounds that it did not comply with Covid rules. In my book this makes the Scottish government guilty for the Glasgow scenes but I see the same Scottish government now blaming all the blame on the football club and trying to find a way to punish it.

It’s not a good thing Nicola Sturgeon is voicing about how she feels our pain if she doesn’t understand human nature. Rangers fans were always going to gather to celebrate. How much better if the Government had recognized the force of human emotion and that the event took place in complete safety, as proposed?

There is no virtue in being all bossy and sticking to the rules if it leads to a situation which then cannot be controlled. Either way, Covid’s rules aren’t absolute – they vary too much between the four nations for this to be true.

Judith Gillespie, Findhorn Place, Edinburgh

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I see that an “action group” has been formed to “explore options for the future” of McVitie’s factory in Glasgow which its owners regard as surplus to needs (your report, May 19) – a kinda like sending the fire department after the house burned down. In a recent letter it was suggested that the shutdown stemmed from concerns about supporting the independence movement, but I think it’s a bit more complex than that.

For decades there has been a model of a company owned and operated by Scots taken over by a company in England; the head office leaves immediately but production facilities continue north of the border until the new owners streamline their operations at their English site. In recent years, another dimension has been added. A foreign buyer appears to be offering the UK company good sums of money, and in due course production is moved overseas where labor is cheaper and employment regulations are more lenient or more lax. McVitie’s, after being subsumed into United Biscuits, is now owned by Pladis, which is, I believe, Turkish property.

The governments of Westminster do not appear to have taken any steps to discourage this process, which is understandable as the city, on which it seems we all depend, is now extremely interested not in financing the running of British affairs, but in agreements that produce an immediate return. . Could an independent Scottish government do anything to remedy this situation? In theory, maybe, but it would be very difficult.

In McVitie’s case, Scottish Enterprise has apparently advanced funds for modernization, including new products – and, sadly, a lot of good that has done.

S Beck, Craigleith Drive, Edinburgh

August Naturalist and National Treasure Sir David Attenborough has been named ‘People’s Advocate’ for the COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow. A better title would be “The Anti-People Advocate” since he condemned humanity as “a scourge on Earth”. He argues that we have stripped our planet, just as a virus flourishes by destroying its host.

Well, this is all very ‘awake’, but the point is that industrial progress has lifted billions of people out of poverty. It has cured diseases, increased food supplies, produced clean water, and centralized power plants with anti-pollution technology. Climate-related deaths have declined by 98% over the past century due to our ability to build climate resilient infrastructure.

Green misanthropes see nature as a finished cake. The more some use it, the less there is for others, so we must stop producing, stop transforming nature, minimize our impact and let nature take care of us.

But hanging out “harmonizing with nature” will lead to short, unpleasant, disease-infested lives, in which we sit in caves, get by on a diet of lentils.

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New trains assembled at Newport to transform Welsh service https://raileisure.com/new-trains-assembled-at-newport-to-transform-welsh-service/ https://raileisure.com/new-trains-assembled-at-newport-to-transform-welsh-service/#respond Fri, 21 May 2021 15:00:00 +0000 https://raileisure.com/new-trains-assembled-at-newport-to-transform-welsh-service/

The transformation of the Wales and Borders rail network has taken another step forward with the first of the all-new Class 197 trains rolling off the production line at Newport.

Tests have started on the first two of 77 new trains expected to enter service from next year on long-distance services, serving destinations as diverse as Holyhead, Fishguard and Liverpool.

The bodies for Class 197 Civity trains were built in Beasain, northern Spain, by Spanish rolling stock manufacturer CAF before final assembly at the company’s plant in Llanwern, Newport.

James Price, Managing Director of Transport for Wales, said: “The Class 197s will be an important part of the transformation of the Wales and Borders network and we look forward to welcoming passengers to the new trains from next year.

“We are delighted with the quality of the trains and proud that final assembly took place in Newport, supporting highly skilled jobs and creating new jobs in the area.

These new trains will offer increased comfort with features such as leather seats (first class), stain resistant seats and an air conditioning / heating system.

Class 197 trains are also equipped with an intelligent seat reservation system. Seat reservations will be downloaded from the reservation computer each time the train crew change ends on the train.

The £ 30million CAF plant at Celtic Business Park near Llanwern Steelworks in Newport has grown from just 12 employees in 2016 to more than 200 today.


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New cross-border rail line will do nothing to dampen support for independence – Alastair Dalton https://raileisure.com/new-cross-border-rail-line-will-do-nothing-to-dampen-support-for-independence-alastair-dalton/ https://raileisure.com/new-cross-border-rail-line-will-do-nothing-to-dampen-support-for-independence-alastair-dalton/#respond Thu, 20 May 2021 15:49:48 +0000 https://raileisure.com/new-cross-border-rail-line-will-do-nothing-to-dampen-support-for-independence-alastair-dalton/

Barely two weeks after another categorical SNP election victory, Whitehall chose to chart the course of the railways future with seemingly no consultation on its impact on Scotland, which largely controls the network north of the border .

The upheaval announced by UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will focus on the creation of a new body, Great British Railways, which suggests the UK government is trying to standardize the system in all parts of the continent, despite the significant devolution of powers to the Scottish government.

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This does not bode well for relations between the new SNP administration and the Tories at Westminster on transport, already strained by the latter’s plans to improve links across the UK through its Union Connectivity Review.

While the UK government could consider a further decentralization of power to Scotland in an attempt to cool support for an independence referendum, it appears to be on the opposite track in trying to consolidate the Union through decrees from the center.

One opportunity here would have been to give Holyrood the remaining powers on the rail he lacks, like strategic direction, but that seems to have been pushed back.

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The Scottish government wants a public sector bid for the next ScotRail contract, which is expected to receive public support, but the UK government plans to continue offering train operating contracts to the private sector.

Control of the Scottish rail network could become the last flashpoint between the Scottish and UK governments (Photo: John Devlin)

Unless carefully manipulated, rail could become yet another cross-border dispute over southern control, which the Nationalists would soon exploit.

This echoed the Union Connectivity Review, which gave the impression that not only would major projects be forced on Scotland, such as a bridge or tunnel to Northern Ireland, but there would be interference. in spending decisions in Scotland, such as the modernization of the A75 link. between near the English border and the Cairnryan ferry port.

The Scottish government has argued that it is subjecting these schemes to a much more rigorous scrutiny than the UK government’s scrutiny before deciding on the best choice among competing spending priorities – as the latter leaps the gun with little analysis, and effectively encroaches on decentralization decision-making.

But such cross-border transport skirmishes are not just a hallmark of Boris Johnson’s government.

There have been long-standing tensions over the bullet train, whose original concept of making it properly viable by connecting Edinburgh, Glasgow and London has been watered down, with only vague promises made to expand HS2 from the north of the England at the border, despite insistence. SNP lobbying.

The UK government’s current approach seems likely to further aggravate its counterpart in Edinburgh, which ultimately wants to create its own transport system anyway – without being told how to do it.

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Tunbridge Wells Heritage Railway announces dates for Gin and Steam events https://raileisure.com/tunbridge-wells-heritage-railway-announces-dates-for-gin-and-steam-events/ https://raileisure.com/tunbridge-wells-heritage-railway-announces-dates-for-gin-and-steam-events/#respond Mon, 17 May 2021 06:01:45 +0000 https://raileisure.com/tunbridge-wells-heritage-railway-announces-dates-for-gin-and-steam-events/

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The Spa Valley Railway in Royal Tunbridge Wells has announced dates for its Gin and Steam events which start in May and run through October. The gin tasting experience will take place on a steam train, departing from Tunbridge Wells West station in the afternoon for a return trip to Eridge.

Reservations are now taken for May 22, May 29, June 5 and 19, July 3 and 10, August 14 and 15, September 4 and October 16. The Gin and Steam event costs £ 30 per person and must be booked in advance.

This event is not suitable for children and everyone must be 18 years of age or older to travel in the bar car during this experience.

During the trip, passengers can enjoy three different gins from the Anno Distillery, based in Marden, Kent. Condiments are included to enhance the Gin tasting experience.

The price includes:

  • Train journey from Tunbridge Wells West to Groombridge and back
  • Three 25ml individual Gins from Anno Distillery in Kent, which may include Anno Kent Dry Gin, Anno B3rry Pink Gin, Anno Orange and Honey Gin as well as guest Gins from other local distilleries.
  • Indian Fever Tree tonic water 200 ml
  • A selection of canapes or light snacks per person (The canapes or light snacks offered are fixed and on this occasion, the railway will not be able to meet the food needs on its train service.)
  • Additional gin cocktails at £ 6 each available on request

To book your Gin and Steam tickets, visit www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk

Spa Valley Railway, West Station, Nevill Terrace, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5QY.


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