taken on Sunday 26th March, 2017
The trees at the plantation bridge overlooking Hayle Viaduct have been cut down, this gives better photographic opportunities. After filming 5 trains I returned to Penzance where 153305 in White Livery arrived with the 12.15 from Exeter St David's
GWR electrification project
The government's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have reviewed the GWR modernisation project and been quite outspoken in their comments.
Meg Hillier, chairwoman of PAC said “Mismanagement of the Great Western programme has hit taxpayers hard and left many people angry and frustrated. This is a stark example of how not to run a major project.”
Mark Carne, MD of Network Rail responded, “Network Rail and Department for Transport have learnt the lessons from the poor early planning of this project. Today we do not take forward major projects until they are properly scoped, properly planned and we have a robust estimate of what the cost will be.”
The ITV news web site has photos and information on this story at http://www.itv.com/news/wales/2017-03-03/appalling-sums-of-public-money-wasted-in-great-western-upgrade/
An item in Rail Technology Magazine says that modernisation work currently taking place on the Great Western route is to be overseen by a new supervisory board.
The board will have the managing directors of Network Rail Western Route, Heathrow Express and GWR as well as a representative from Transport Focus.
The move is part of a broader plan for Network Rail to devolve powers to local groups and empowering them to run their railway in the best interests of passengers. Details can be found at the magazine's web site:
This matter arises because of heavy criticism of delays and changes to specification which have dogged the electrification and route modernisation programme and, finally, resulted in some key parts of the electrification being "deferred".
Advance notice.... The speaker at our April CRS meeting [note that this will be on Saturday, 1st April and not on the usual second Saturday of the month], Paul Stanford, will be giving us some detailed accounts of the route modernisation work that has taken place over the past year.