More op­er­a­tors to run NR IM trains

Rail (UK) - - Network -

Net­work Rail has in­creased the num­ber of op­er­a­tors run­ning its In­fra­struc­ture Mon­i­tor­ing trains.

Co­las Rail cur­rently op­er­ates the ser­vices, in a con­tract last­ing un­til 2020. GB Rail­freight also op­er­ates some in the South East.

NR con­firmed on De­cem­ber 18 that it has also awarded con­tracts to DB Cargo and Di­rect Rail Ser­vices. A spokesman told RAIL: “This will en­sure that the ev­er­grow­ing In­fra­struc­ture Mon­i­tor­ing ser­vice has the ca­pa­bil­ity to sup­ply the as­set data re­quired to run the net­work safely.”

The trains op­er­ate across the UK, and RAIL un­der­stands that op­er­a­tions will be split re­gion­ally. Co­las has al­ready sold as­sets since the deal was con­firmed, dis­pos­ing of re­dun­dant lo­co­mo­tives.

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