An unusual project to convert retired London Underground District line cars into diesel-powered units may be about to pay off, after London Midland announced that a 'D-Train' could enter service on its local route between Coventry and Nuneaton this year. The line has been in the news after attempts to cater for sports crowds at the Ricoh Stadium in Coventry with hired rolling stock failed to pay their way, with fans being advised to use road transport instead because the usual single-car unit on the line would not be able to cope. The three-car 'D-Train' may help to solve the problem, and also provide more capacity for regular passengers.
The new transport secretary Chris Grayling has told an audience in the East Midlands that the case for HS2 remains, and that he will not be ‘backing away from it’. He was addressing business leaders and local politicians in Derby in his first public appearance since he succeeded Patrick McLoughlin in last week’s cabinet reshuffle. Opponents of HS2 have already called on Mr Grayling to reconsider the scheme, but he said: “One of the first things I did in my role was to confirm that there are absolutely no plans to back away from the HS2 project. It’s an integral part of our blueprint for an effective transport system for Britain."
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