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Intercity Express Programme: Invitation To Tender - 4744/8656
Written by Lee on Friday, 16th November 2007
Can be found in the link below.
Re: Intercity Express Programme: Invitation To Tender - 4744/8675
Written by Lee on Saturday, 17th November 2007
Here is a DfT press release on this (link below.)
"Bidders will decide how many carriages they need to supply to provide the service the Government is asking for. Indications are that this may be around 850 in the first phase, possibly rising to approximately 1,500 if options to extend IEP to other routes are taken up."
Further article from This Is Somerset (link below.)
Re: Intercity Express Programme: Invitation To Tender - 4744/8758
Written by Lee on Friday, 23rd November 2007
"The purpose of the Train Infrastructure Interface Specification (TIIS) provides information concerning the Network Rail infrastructure on which the Intercity Express Programme (IEP) trains will operate from the date of their introduction. The TIIS also supports the development of a train design compatible with this infrastructure and facilitate discussion and optimisation of infrastructure
Re: Intercity Express Programme: Invitation To Tender - 4744/9716
Written by Lee on Monday, 28th January 2008
More bidder information documents (links below.)
Re: Intercity Express Programme: Invitation To Tender - 4744/10048
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 13th February 2008
Alstom has notified the Department for Transport that it is withdrawing from the Intercity Express Programme bidding process. Experienced rolling stock engineers have criticised the mass and energy consumption targets in DfT's technical specifications for the 200 km/h IEP as impractical (link below.)
Re: Intercity Express Programme: Invitation To Tender - 4744/12165
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 6th May 2008
[quote="DfT"]The Train Technical Specification sets out the essential requirements for the IE trains. Per Section 4.2.1 of the ITT, DfT may accept a Bidder
Re: Intercity Express Programme: Invitation To Tender - 4744/12609
Written by Lee on Friday, 27th June 2008
DfT update on the IEP short listed bidders (link below.)
The tender return date for the Intercity Express Programme is midday, Monday 30 June 2008.
Re: Intercity Express Programme: Invitation To Tender - 4744/12632
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 2nd July 2008
The InterCity Express Programme has spent
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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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