Thameslink trains are running through central London again today following the removal of floodwater from the Clerkenwell tunnels. Network Rail gave the green light to operator Govia Thameslink after pumping half a million litres of water out of the tunnel, between Farringdon and St Pancras International.
Thameslink flood continues to disrupt trains
A burst water main is continuing to disrupt services on the busy Thameslink route through central London, and Network Rail is warning that no trains will run for the time being between St Pancras International and Farringdon. The burst occurred on Friday, and Network Rail said there is still a metre of water at the site, blocking the line.
Network Rail 'must regain confidence'
A committee of MPs has delivered a bleak assessment of Network Rail's management of major engineering work, and also called for more rail investment outside London. The House of Commons Transport Committee said it welcomed record investment committed to the ‘classic’ rail network but warns that Network Rail must also regain the confidence of passengers following recent disruption.
Strategic vision unveiled for supply chain
A new direction for the railway supply chain has been set by the unveiling of a ‘strategic vision’ for several thousand rail-related firms. The announcement was made jointly by business secretary Vince Cable and transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin. Looking ahead for the next decade, it is hoped that by 2025 the rail supply chain will have more than doubled its export volumes, attracted the best skills and talent and be a ‘global leader’ in High Speed rail.
Eversholt Rail set to be sold for £1bn
Eversholt Rail is being sold to a Chinese bidder for a reported £1 billion. Eversholt Rail Group, which owns some 28 per cent of British rolling stock, is presently owned by Eversholt Investment Group S.C.S., a consortium of 3i Infrastructure plc, Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners and STAR Capital Partners, which bought Eversholt from HSBC in December 2010. The deal will need to be cleared by the European Commission.
Calls for Aberystwyth line to reopen
A public meeting in Aberystwyth has heard a proposal to reopen a line from the town which lost its passenger trains almost 50 years ago. The first step is to obtain funding for a feasibility study, although it is thought that full reinstatement could cost £650 million.
Eurotunnel delays continue
Trains between London and the continent are continuing to be delayed, after a weekend of major disruption in the Channel Tunnel. The problems began on Saturday, when fire broke out on board a Eurotunnel shuttle near the French portal. Then power supply faults on Sunday continued to cause further cancellations and delays. Eurotunnel shuttles are still delayed by up to 90min, while Eurostars are running up to an hour late.