Abellio

  • Scottish Labour to push for end to Abellio’s Scotrail franchise

    Scottish Labour to push for end to Abellio’s Scotrail franchise

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    Labour is poised to force a vote “as early as next week” in the Scottish Parliament in a bid to end the Abellio franchise of ScotRail.

  • DB Class 111 electrics locos losing passenger work in southern Germany

    DB Class 111 electrics locos losing passenger work in southern Germany

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    MAJOR changes to operating contracts in southern Germany on June 9 mean Go-Ahead’s German subsidiary is now operating multiple routes from Stuttgart, replacing DB Regio push-pull trains.  Abellio also took over routes in the area on the same day, and more routes will switch from DB in December.  For the German national operator, the changes…

  • West Midlands Class 196 DMU construction underway

    West Midlands Class 196 DMU construction underway

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    CONSTRUCTION of the first of a fleet of 26 new diesel multiple units for West Midlands Trains (WMT) has begun at Beasain, Spain. They are being built by CAF (Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles). The units are from the ‘Civity’ family and comprise 80 vehicles. They are part of a £1billion investment promised by the…

  • Abellio outlines its plans for East Midlands franchise

    Abellio outlines its plans for East Midlands franchise

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    Train operator Abellio has begun outlining its plans in a series of briefings to stakeholders ahead of when it takes over the East Midlands franchise from August 18. Abellio will brand the franchise East Midland Railway (EMR), introduce a new deep purple livery for its trains, and have three distinct strands – EMR Intercity, EMR…

  • Abellio secures £500,000 in grants to restore historic East Anglian stations

    Abellio secures £500,000 in grants to restore historic East Anglian stations

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    GREATER Anglia (GA) has been awarded almost £500,000 by the Railway Heritage Trust (RHT) to assist restoration work at several stations across its network.  The RHT signed off £498,250 in grants on April 23, the most it has confirmed in a single day, all of which went to the Abellio-owned franchise.  Among the beneficiaries was…

  • Abellio awarded East Midlands franchise – after DfT disqualifies Stagecoach

    Abellio awarded East Midlands franchise – after DfT disqualifies Stagecoach

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    A decision by the Department for Transport (DfT) to award the East Midlands rail franchise to Abellio in the face of the disqualification of incumbent Stagecoach could have far reaching effects on rail franchising. The decision could lead to the Virgin Trains name disappearing, company founder Sir Richard Branson has admitted. .@VirginTrains can’t accept a…

  • Scottish Government demands much better performance from ScotRail

    Scottish Government demands much better performance from ScotRail

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    This follows the company having fallen well below its agreed targets in the National Rail Passenger Survey.

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