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Train Leasing Companies Warn That They May Stop Buying Trains - 597/1780
Written by Lee on Monday, 30th October 2006
Angel Trains & Porterbrook have warned the government that they may stop buying new trains if it launches an inquiry into the industry (link below.)
Re: Train Leasing Companies Warn That They May Stop Buying Trains - 597/1784
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 31st October 2006
Looks like more commercial games between everyone. Where does the passenger / customer come?
Re: Train Leasing Companies Warn That They May Stop Buying Trains - 597/1789
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 31st October 2006
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has held with train leasing companies Angel Trains and Porterbrook; and if he will make a statement.
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has ordered an inquiry into competition in train leasing.
Re: Train Leasing Companies Warn That They May Stop Buying Trains - 597/1853
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 7th November 2006
Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has held with train leasing companies Angel Trains and Porterbrook; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Tom Harris: The Secretary of State for Transport has had no direct discussions with Angel Trains and Porterbrook recently. However, departmental officials have regular bi-laterals with the managing directors of both these companies and there is also engagement on a regular basis at a working level.
Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has ordered an inquiry into competition in train leasing.
Mr. Tom Harris: On 28 June 2006 the Department for Transport initiated steps for a market investigation by asking the Office of Rail Regulation to refer the passenger rolling stock leasing market to the Competition Commission under Section 131 of the Enterprise Act 2002. The timetable set out by the Office of Rail Regulation is to publish their conclusions by the end of November 2006.
Re: Train Leasing Companies Warn That They May Stop Buying Trains - 597/2124
Written by Lee on Friday, 1st December 2006
Millions of rail passengers may face an increase in overcrowded services after the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) yesterday said it planned to ask for an investigation into the market for leasing engines and carriages to train operators (link below.)
The above link also contains articles that largely blame the DfT for their role in the saga , citing TOC's
Re: Train Leasing Companies Warn That They May Stop Buying Trains - 597/3749
Written by Lee on Monday, 5th February 2007
Sir Richard Branson's plans to add 10 million seats to his train services on the flagship London-Glasgow route are in disarray after the company providing the extra coaches refused to press ahead with the deal (link below.)
Angel Trains , part of the Royal Bank of Scotland , has pulled out of negotiations with Virgin Rail because rolling stock leasing companies (Roscos) are expected to be referred to the Competition Commission.
The leasing company has told ministers it will not spend about
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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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