The Office of Rail Regulation must decide whether Virgin Trains should be allowed to run its trains to Shrewsbury and Blackpool North, after Network Rail refused Virgin's request. Virgin said it was disappointed by the ruling, and described it as 'defeatist'.
Siemens confirmed as Thameslink winner
Siemens has been confirmed as the builder of a new £1.6 billion fleet for Thameslink, beating Derby-based Bombardier. The announcement has triggered a fresh debate about train-building in Britain. The Department for Transport said the deal was 'close to completion', although there will now have to be a ten-day standstill period before the contract can be signed.
The winning bid was first announced in principle two years ago this month, and the long delay is believed to have been caused by financial issues.
A plan to give millions of people in central England direct access to HS2 and Birmingham Airport by reconstructing a railway that last carried passengers 97 years ago has been unveiled. The proposal is being made by Railnews editorial director Alan Marshall and specialist quantity surveyor Michael Byng, who both live in Warwickshire near the route of the former 11.7km Stonebridge Railway, which used to run from a junction near the present-day Coleshill Parkway station roughly south to another junction between Birmingham International and Hampton-in-Arden.
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