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Better rails in Wales
The new Wales Route work. improvement. I thank those
Utilisa who made a valuable contri-tion Strategy (RUS) Cardiff Central gets extended
bution in the formation ofpromises better rail links and platforms. Upgraded signalling
this strategy as part of theextra capacity. at Abergavenny will improve
The draft document details frequency and journey times consultation process.
what Network Rail foresees as between north and south While rising demand for rail
necessary to enhance the rail- Wales. Track re-doubling on is good news for the industry,
way in Wales and the Borders. the Wrexham-Chester line will we have to meet the challenge
The proposals are now before further enhance capacity. of accommodating both pas-
the Office of Rail Regulation. Says Dave Ward, route direc- senger and freight growth. The
Highlights include new plat- tor, Network Rail Wales, changes ahead will help to
forms at Cardiff Queen Street, ‘Following a detailed analysis deliver benefits for passengers
Pontypridd and Caerphilly. and consultation, we have a by increasing capacity and
This will boost capacity allow- robust strategy that builds providing greater opportuni-
ing 16 trains per hour through upon the railway’s successful ties to travel throughout Wales
the south Wales valley net- record of growth and by train.’
Northern lights
brighten up
Northern Rail is pushing ahead Macclesfield to Stoke service to
with 100 extra services every Congleton and Kidsgrove.
weekday as part of its new Says Heidi Mottram, managing A service to Cardiff Bay
timetable, mainly focused in the director, Northern Rail, ‘We are departs Cardiff Queen Street.
north-west. delighted to be providing an
These include extra trains on the improved service for our passen-
Hope Valley line, a new hourly ser- gers in Greater Manchester. These
vice for all stations between changes are part of our entirely
Manchester Piccadilly and new timetable for the North West of
Manchester Airport and the exten- England, which means new times
sion of the current Manchester – for 1,300 of our daily services.’
Mercy mission for
First ScotRail
await export from Vostochny,
Siberia stack
Krabovaya and Posyet. Dock In a bid to drive down global of their carbon emissions and Democratic Republic of Congo.
leaders and rail officials have warming, First ScotRail is then donate to the charity. Says Theresa Gault, First
been holding a series of crisis giving advertising space on its Travellers can do so by checking ScotRail’s sponsorship and
meetings to speed up the pro- trains to the Mercy Corps ‘Cool out the Mercy Corps website. events manager, ‘We have a
The early onset of winter has 102 freight trains are awaiting cessing of the international Carbon’ initiative. The Cool Carbon initiative funds comprehensive climate
provided challenges for rail unloading as staff battle with freight consignments. Shipping Mercy Corps, the Edinburgh humanitarian projects which cur- change strategy aimed at
staff in Russia at the far east- frozen coal and other cargo. The companies are anxious to based international develop- rently include the provision of reducing our carbon footprint
ern end of the Trans-Siberian fuel trains, carrying oil and coal, speed up sailings ahead of the ment charity, aims to encourage fuel efficient stoves to women liv- and are delighted to support
railway. are being held in sidings as they winter weather. passengers to calculate the cost ing in refugee camps in the the ‘Cool Carbon’ initiative.’
New tamper for Balfour Beatty
Balfour Beatty Rail Services has purchased six are equipped with computer guidance control sys- strategy and further enhances the company’s • The Balfour Beatty, Matisa B66UC High
new tamping machines tem and come fully equipped with workshop, wel- commitment in supporting Network Rail to Performance Continuous Action Switch and
Purchased from Matisa in Switzerland, the tamp- fare facilities and air conditioned cabins. deliver a world class infrastructure for UK rail.’ Crossing/Plain line tamping machine.
ing machines include four B41UE machines and Says Peter Anderson, managing director of The first machine will be delivered in May 2010, • The Balfour Beatty, Matisa B41UE Switch and
two B66UC machines, both of which are designed Balfour Beatty Rail Services, ‘This purchase is an with a further five machines being delivered on Crossing/Plain line 'tamping machine and on the
for maintenance and renewal work. All machines integral part of the BBRS business development a rolling programme during 2010 and 2011. B66UC.'
22 | RailStaff | December 2008
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