Lord Berkeley

Rail monopolies in NL and DE caught out – again. NS fined Euro 40m; poor old taxpayers.

Lord Berkeley

The Netherlands rail incumbent, NS, has been fined Euro 40m by the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) for abuse of dominant position in the regional tendering process. ACM found that NS has submitted a lossmaking bid in order to shut out competition on the regional tendering process. The other bidders were not able…

At Euston, we can now save HS2 £4.7 bn!

Lord Berkeley

Euston Amalgam – a combination of Euston Express station for Euston and modifications to HS2’s approach tunnels. Further discussions with the Department for Transport, HS2, Network Rail and others persuaded the Euston Express team to examine an alternative scheme which retained the E Ex scheme for Euston Station, with all tracks for WCML and HS2…

60 years before Dawlish rail is made ‘resilient’

Lord Berkeley

rc161010 NR on SW improvements In October, Network Rail finally presented its Resilience Study and Flood Prevention Study to the All Party Parliamentary South West Rail Group. It has been a long time coming, and so has the delivery of this report, delayed I understand by the Department for Transport. The Report is designed to…

Eurostar the bike haters!

Lord Berkeley

How many train companies across Europe require Brompton bikes to be put into bags before they are allowed on the train? Answer only one – Eurostar!  And up to January 2016, only when travelling from London. Since this date, apparently this applies when you are travelling out from Paris, as I found to my cost…