GTR dis­cussing fa­cil­i­ties up­grades

Rail (UK) - - Fleet News -

Govia Thames­link Rail­way is as­sist­ing with the mod­i­fi­ca­tions re­quired at Bed­ford Cauld­well de­pot to house longer trains, and is talk­ing to Abel­lio and Net­work Rail re­gard­ing sta­bling space at Cam­bridge.

The Na­tional Au­dit Of­fice re­port into Thames­link, re­leased on Novem­ber 23 ( RAIL 841), high­lighted the in­crease in bud­get from £16 mil­lion to £29m that was needed for the fa­cil­i­ties.

GTR Engi­neer­ing Di­rec­tor Gerry McFad­den told RAIL: “We are build­ing Bed­ford de­pot. We were com­mis­sioned to do so as it is an eight-car de­pot and we need a 12-car fa­cil­ity. It needs CET [Con­trolled Emis­sion Toi­let] and ser­vic­ing fa­cil­i­ties for 12-car sets.”

McFad­den said more work was needed at Cam­bridge, where GTR trains will go into the ex­ist­ing de­pot cur­rently used by Greater Anglia: “We have dis­cussed with Abel­lio about that. We need an­other sid­ing and have spo­ken with Net­work Rail about the land.”

A third lo­ca­tion in Kent is also be­ing in­ves­ti­gated. McFad­den was un­able to con­firm the lo­ca­tion, but RAIL un­der­stands it will be the for­mer works at Ash­ford. That will be used from 2021, with ‘700s’ ser­viced in fa­cil­i­ties cur­rently used by South­east­ern. The new South­east­ern fran­chise will move into the new fa­cil­i­ties be­ing planned for the for­mer works.

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