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Welcome for West Coast partnership rail franchise

Published 04 November 2016 by Colin Howden

Responding to the announcement of the West Coast partnership rail franchise, Transform Scotland rail campaigner Paul Tetlaw said:

BOARD 01-12-052“We welcome the announcement from the DfT of the new combined rail franchise – the West Coast Partnership. In our view this new Partnership should address a number of issues that we have highlighted in recent years.

“In particular it is important that new rail services on HS2 are integrated with those on the classic network to gain maximum benefit from the capacity that HS2 will release. We would also expect that a new operator will seek early upgrades to the classic network to ensure that existing trains and new classic compatible trains running north to Scotland can offer competitive rail journey times from London, the North and the Midlands. We believe that the new classic compatible trains should be built with tilt capacity so that they can easily integrate with the Pendolino trains running on the West Coast Main Line and so offer the best possible journey times.

“Finally we must hope that the new Partnership quickly ditches the current HS2 plans to split and join Glasgow and Edinburgh trains at Carstairs – which are frankly silly. Trains should either be split at existing station stops such as Preston or Carlisle or separate trains should be run north to Scotland. We look forward to an outbreak of commonsense on this one!”