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Angel Trains Refuses To Sign Virgin Pendolino Order - 1380/3858
Written by Lee on Saturday, 10th February 2007

Plans to run longer trains along the West Coast Main Line from next year have been indefinitely postponed after rolling stock leasing company Angel Trains chose not to sign a contract for new Pendolino carriages (link below.)

Angel says it will not commit to buying the 106 new coaches , costing around

Re: Angel Trains Refuses To Sign Virgin Pendolino Order - 1380/5006
Written by Lee on Thursday, 26th April 2007

The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has decided to refer the matter to the Competition Commission following its own investigation into the market (links below.)

Re: Angel Trains Refuses To Sign Virgin Pendolino Order - 1380/5015
Written by Lee on Friday, 27th April 2007

Britain's overcrowded railways could become even more congested after the country's largest train leasing company threatened a two-year shutdown yesterday amid unprecedented demand for carriages (link below.)

Angel Trains said it could not guarantee new leasing deals after the Competition Commission was asked to investigate the carriage and locomotive hire market. The warning came amid industry speculation that the Department for Transport has asked at least two train operators to alter their franchise bids because there are not enough carriages to go round.

Haydn Abbott , managing director of Angel , said the two-year investigation made it less likely train leasing companies would make multimillion-pound investments in new rolling stock. "This has increased the uncertainty that we have about any investment in rolling stock," he said.

New carriages are a vital part of government plans to reduce overcrowding and meet a projected 30% increase in train use by the middle of the next decade. The government acknowledged the need for new trains last month when it said it would buy 1,000 extra carriages between 2009 and 2014 to ease sardine-like conditions on some routes.

According to industry speculation , two bidders for the lucrative east Midlands and west Midlands franchises have been told by the transport department to redraw their rolling stock plans , because there are not enough carriages to share between bidders. The franchise map in the Midlands has been redrawn with four franchises becoming three.

Re: Angel Trains Refuses To Sign Virgin Pendolino Order - 1380/5040
Written by Lee on Monday, 30th April 2007

Arriva could break the domination of UK train-leasing companies with a proposal to become the first train operating company to buy its own rolling stock (link below.)

The Sunday Telegraph has learned that Arriva has submitted proposals to the Welsh Assembly which include buying 50 carriages estimated to be worth more than

Re: Angel Trains Refuses To Sign Virgin Pendolino Order - 1380/6649
Written by Lee on Friday, 3rd August 2007

Christian Wolmar's view on the ongoing leasing investigation (link below.),07.shtml

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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.

Most big contributors are still around writing at the Coffee shop forum where new members are very welcome.

The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.

We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.

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