And of course, there was the interesting announcement, buried amid the other news from the Transport Secretary, that these could end up being London Overground units in the not too distant future
Do you have a link to this story?
cso has kindly linked the hansard transcript, but it does seem that nowhere else picked up on it (perhaps justifiably, it was a bit of a throwaway, but still)
I have already set out my plans to restructure the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise, following the successful delivery of the Thameslink programme. I have indicated that we will separate it into two or more franchises after the end of the current contract in 2021. We have not yet reached a decision on how to operate Great Northern services. However, I have had initial discussions with the Mayor of London about the possibility of transferring some of these to London Overground, as recommended in Chris Gibb’s report. Any change will be subject to consultation, but there is also an operational case for integrating Great Northern services from King’s Cross into the new LNER operation. I am asking my officials and the new LNER board to do feasibility work on this option.
ie Moorgate services go over to London Overground, with the remaining services into Kings Cross going to the new LNER.
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I went hunting new trains today... apparently one was advertised on RealTimeTrains as making a journey in passenger service.
I saw it, and filmed it, but despite being scheduled as a passenger service it failed to stop at the station.
For some reason, 2G96 (14:49 Finsbury Pk - Gordon Hill) showed up with a 717 in the platform even though there was no intention of it forming the services.
I do not know how or why the impression was given that a Friday “preview service” would be in operation. The only runs at the moment are three Empty Coach Stock (ECS) runs. With the 717 fleet at Bounds Green TMD just breaking into double figures, the internal date was supposedly set (as of last week) for mid November which is what the GN help team also said just now after I got in touch.
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