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The Guardian online, 5 Nov 2017 TSGN breakup planned

The Guardian online, 5 Nov 2017

The Department for Transport said it was “actively looking at the shape and size of the next Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) franchise on expiry of the existing contract in 2021”, the Guardian reported on 5 November.

Who’d have thought it?

Beleben blog, 4 May 2017

Beleben blog, 4 May 2017

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Written by beleben

November 6, 2017 at 4:03 pm

Posted in Politics, Railways

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  1. Of course one of the options to ease the pathing pain North of Bedford might be to restore the 4 track railway to Kettering, and then enhance the alternative route via Corby and Oakham – effectively making the Kettering-Wigston route a continuation of those 4 tracks, with the Eastern ‘loop’ mainly used by freight paths.

    There may also be some potential to restore 4 tracking South of Leicester, and make greater use (again restoring previously removed track) of the Leicester-Burton line, which with mainly freight use to head towards Derby, and then use the existing cut-off route from Stenson via Castle Donnington to run right in to Toton, and ultimately Nottingham. This could include the eventual delivery of the full Ivanhoe Line project, and a rail based Park & Ride for Leicester’s Eastern flank, and remove the reversal and messy route for the Nottingham-Cardiff trains perhaps cutting 20 minutes from the Nottingham-Birmingham service, and easing road traffic demand in Derby’s South flank, by relocating Willington Station to serve both the Crewe and Birmingham routes and use the former power station site for a Park & Ride directly linked to the A50 via the ‘Toyota’ junction, and a residential development conveniently close to a large manufacturing plant, but with the amenity of the Canal and nearby villages for local services.

    Dave H (@BCCletts)

    November 6, 2017 at 4:50 pm


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