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Alleged train operator XC Trains Limited has waded into the high speed rail debate, claiming that the HS2 would ‘relieve the Cross Country network’.


Surely, the quickest and best way to bring ‘relief’ to users of the Cross Country rail network, would be to have some company other than XC Trains Limited, operating the service.

Trustpilot, XC trains, reviews, extract

[Rail magazine, 10 July 2019]

A petition has been sent to Kenilworth and Southam MP Jeremy Wright calling for stored High Speed Trains to be used by CrossCountry.
In the House of Commons on June 24, Layla Moran (Liberal Democrat, Oxford West and Abingdon) asked what assessment had been made of the potential merits of introducing high-speed trains on XC services serving Oxford, to increase capacity.

Rail Minister Andrew Jones replied: “The Department is aware that additional capacity is needed on CrossCountry routes, including Oxford. The Department is working with the operator to introduce extra rolling stock into CrossCountry. This remains a priority for the Department as we consider successor franchise arrangements when the current franchise ends.”

However, sources within the rail industry suggest using HSTs is not a simple solution, as some believe.

One XC source told RAIL: “We cannot use the GWR power cars without the Automatic Train Protection being removed, as none of our drivers are trained on it. Until that changes, and the Direct Award is sorted out, there’ll be no change. We do need more stock, though!”

“The Department is working with the operator”. To not get disused trains sitting in sidings, into use, apparently.

Interesting that that the “privatised railway”, in the form of XC Trains, can’t manage to [not] do anything by itself.

Written by beleben

July 15, 2019 at 3:39 pm

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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  1. Modification to HST power cars to isolate ATO seems to be working well for Scotrail – NB the unit has to stay installed as speedometer/WSP circuits routed through it.


    July 15, 2019 at 6:34 pm

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