UK Railway News (w/e 05/07/2020)

Some news from the UK railway industry this week, some articles require a free subscription.

Grand Central railway has announce it is to resume it service on 26th July 2020, albeit with a reduced number of trains. Two trains per day between Bradford and London King’s Cross are envisioned, and hopefully more as the demand increases. Obviously enhanced cleaning and social distancing will be in effect. Additionally, the company has expressed its continued support for a London Euston to Blackpool service, something which had involved some driver training before lockdown in late March 2020. These would use class 90 locomotives, with Mk 4 coaching stock. More can be read here : ‘Now is the right moment to act’ Grand Central says as it announces restart date .

Some operators are expressing that a service structure similar to that of pre-Covid-19 times could take up to two years to implement. The companies point to the fact that the lack of clarification of the new “1m plus” rule applies to transport or not. Obviously this is all down to how well the public do adapt to the new rules, and indeed if many return to a place of work, especially as many have found working from home to be just as productive. More can be read here: Restoring pre-Covid-19s service ‘could take two years’ as TOCs face logistical hurdles

LNER has been told that it will operate the East Coast Mainline for another three years. The government backed TOC, could also see this extended if the service quality is maintained or improved. More rolling stock, presumably based on the class 800 is hopefully expected as well, but of course this is all subject to passenger numbers increasing in the wake of Covid-19. More can be read here : LNER to operate InterCity East Coast services for a further three years

Newcastle central station is poised to get a makeover as plans were passed this week by Network Rail. The station would be ‘opened up’ to facilitate transport for all, with a new entrance at the west end of the station. More Here : Newcastle Central Station new entrances get go-ahead

Finally this week, Horden station on the Durham coast line has now opened. The 10 million pound investment was supported by the county council. It is hoped that around 70,000 people in the area will benefit from the enhanced transport link. The station is fully accessible, and will help the local area. Read more here : Passengers board train at Horden station for first time in 56 years as it opens it platforms

That is it for this week, many thanks for reading and I will blog more news next week.

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