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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2008 3:08 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Cost of Partick station revamp soars by 6.3m



THE cost of upgrading one of Scotland's busiest stations has soared by
6.3million.


Strathclyde Partnership for Transport was originally told the cost of building
work at Partick would be 9.7m, with a further 2.6m needed for professional
fees and third party costs.

But contractor C Spencer Construction has asked SPT for a further 6.3m,
bringing the total cost of construction to 16m and the final bill to 18.6m.

It is the latest problem to hit work at the station, which is two years behind
schedule.

SPT has agreed to pay the Lincolnshire based company almost 2m of its
new claim but is disputing the remainder.

A spokesman for the transport authority said the extra cost and delay in
completing the project was mainly due to ground conditions, which were
discovered when work began.

That resulted in work being delayed while the station was redesigned.
Further delays occurred when SPT and Network Rail were involved in a
wrangle over insurance liability for workers involved in the project.

And the ownership of a small strip of land beside the station concourse
further held up the work.

The SPT spokesman said: "When they started digging the foundations they
came across things they were not expecting and could not factor in. As a
result they had to investigate and redesign, which caused delays.

"We have agreed an interim payment of 1.96m, but are challenging
4.34m to make sure the claims can be substantiated."

Work on the interchange started in 2005 and was due to finish early last
year.

Consultants employed by SPT are studying the details of the construction
firms claims, but already believe not all can be justified.



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Intercity rail link to be 'world class'

RAIL bosses want to make the busy Glasgow to Edinburgh train line one of
the best in the world.


Network Rail hope the route will have "world-class" punctuality and
reliability, similar to lines anywhere in the globe.

More than seven out of 10 trains currently arrive on time and more than
nine in 10 are within five minutes of schedule.

But targets will be set to further improve timekeeping, which bosses say is
already at its best for decade.

Measures being considered include raising the speed limits on sections of
the line which would help reduce the current 48-minute journey time and
boost the economy by 60million for every minute saved.

And an extra 5million has been added to the 20m annual spend on the
line. Non-stop trains would be introduced and the speed limit raised from
90mph to 100mph as part of the proposals.



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Rail bosses want to install 250 spycams to cut crime

RAIL bosses want to make Glasgow's Central Station safer - with 250 new
CCTV cameras.


Network Rail has applied for planning permission for the massive security
upgrade as part of a multi-million pound plan across Scotland's busiest
stations.

The high-resolution cameras will provide blanket cover of the upper level
of the station with close attention paid to trouble spots such as bike racks
and entrances.

Cameras on the outside of the huge building will also cover the
surrounding streets which are crime hotspots especially at weekends.

For security reasons, Network Rail declined to say exactly where the
cameras will be located but said careful consideration had been given to
their locations.

A spokesman said: "The cameras will be placed in areas which will be most
likely to need them, such as facing on to bicycle racks, pointing at steps
into the station and the immediate streets surrounding the station.

"Different types will be used and they will be placed as unobtrusively as
possible."

A study by the Evening Times earlier this year showed the streets around
Central Station to be the most dangerous in the city.

Of the 232 beats in Strathclyde Police's A, C, E and G divisions, the travel
hub had the most violent crimes.

Serious assaults, which form part of the serious violence group and include
stabbings, were also highest around Central Station.

It is hoped the new camera network will cut crime and help passengers
feel safer using the station.



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 4:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

james73 wrote:

"Different types will be used and they will be placed as unobtrusively as
possible."


Erm listening ones perhaps ? Love the word "unobtrusively" as they fit something else to encroach further and further into your life.
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Glasgow's rail users 'treated like 2nd class citizens'

RAIL bosses have been accused of treating Glasgow passengers like
"second-class citizens" - for refusing to serve coffee and snacks on part
of their service.


Concern has been raised about the lack of catering provided by
CrossCountry - which operates out of 100 stations across Britain.

People travelling from Glasgow Central to London are unable to buy food
or drink at all on the Glasgow to Edinburgh leg. And for first-class
passengers there is no at-seat catering service until Newcastle.

Now Labour's transport spokesman, Clydebank and Milngavie MSP Des
McNulty, has written to Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson outlining his
concerns.

Mr McNulty said: "I have had a lot of letters and complaints about the
deteriorating service run by CrossCountry.

"The level of service is simply unacceptable and is treating passengers like
second-class citizens."

CrossCountry said it did not serve food and drink until Edinburgh because
it was not commercially "viable".



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

james73 wrote:
People travelling from Glasgow Central to London are unable to buy food or drink at all on the Glasgow to Edinburgh leg. And for first-class passengers there is no at-seat catering service until Newcastle.

Now Labour's transport spokesman, Clydebank and Milngavie MSP Des
McNulty, has written to Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson outlining his
concerns.


One just can't get the staff these days. One finds one's butler can usually make it up from third class before we cross the border.

In any case, what with this new-fangled Health and Safety nonsense, the demand for deep-fried Mars bars is probably insufficient to justify the provision of a chippie simply for the Glasgow to Newcastle leg.
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Rail passengers face travel chaos as five stations close



THOUSANDS of commuters face travel chaos for a month when five railways
stations in Glasgow will be closed.


The shutdown follows the collapse of old mine works near the Cathcart
Circle line.

Passengers will be forced to swap trains for buses to allow engineers to
carry out emergency safety work costing 2million in the South Side of the
city.

The stations to be shut are Pollokshaws East, Queens Park, Crosshill,
Mount Florida and Cathcart.


All five will be closed from Tuesday, July 22, and won't reopen until Sunday,
August 17.

Passengers were today told they will have to switch to local bus services.

First ScotRail is to run a revised timetable between Glasgow Central and
stations at Neilston, Renfrewshire, and Newton, South Lanarkshire, to
enable engineers to tackle the subsidence problem.

The train operator says the extensive repairs will add around seven
minutes to some journey times, while passengers face changes to
departure and arrival times during the month-long programme.

Network Rail, which is responsible for rail infrastructure, has hired civil
engineering contractor Edmund Nuttall, the firm which built Glasgow's
Squinty Bridge, to carry out the work.

Programme manager Raymond Johnstone said: "At the end of May, we
identified subsidence near the Cathcart Circle line just south of
Pollokshields East station.

"This coincided with works being carried out by developers on an adjacent
site. A speed restriction of 5mph was imposed immediately and watchmen
were assigned to the site to monitor the track condition after every train
movement.

"A full survey of the site by Network Rail has identified the cause of the
subsidence. Ancient mine workings four metres below ground have
partially collapsed, causing the ground near the track to subside.

"In order to fix the problem, Network Rail considered several options and
all but one would have involved excavation of the site and long-term
disruption to train services and residents for many months.

"The solution involves drilling bore holes and filling the gap beneath the
ground with grouting material. This will require a four-week closure of the
track in this area."

Steve Montgomery, operations and safety director at First ScotRail, said:
"We will be operating as comprehensive a timetable as possible during this
time in order to minimise the impact on our customers.

"Where a rail service cannot be operated, alternative transport will be
available and staff will be on hand to provide assistance."

Train passengers who have already bought season tickets and zonecards
won't be charged by bus firms so long as they produce them.

First ScotRail also plans a half hourly shuttle bus service which will call at
all five stations. Buses will also pick up and drop off commuters at King's
Park who are travelling to and from Newton and Neilston.

Posters highlighting the temporary timetable are to be displayed at stations
while wheelchair users are asked to contact First ScotRail's travel line.



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... but customer satisfaction is up!

First ScotRail has continued to deliver high level services, passengers have
reported in the national rail watchdog's Great Britain rail network survey.


Passenger Focus today released its Spring 2008 National Passenger Survey
which found overall satisfaction with First ScotRail (88%) was up 5% points
from Spring 2007.

The findings follow the announcement earlier this year that the First
ScotRail franchise has been extended for three years to 2014.

Passengers told the watchdog four key areas of the First ScotRail service
had improved including ticket buying facilities at the station, the availability
of staff and the upkeep and repair of station buildings and platforms.

However, passengers increasingly see station car parking to be a problem
with only 44% satisfied with facilties - a drop of 11%.

The Passenger Focus survey found that across Scotland, overall satisfaction
with rail services was generally higher than the GB average of 80%.

National Express East Coast received a score of 86%, Virgin Trains an
85% approval rate and overall satisfaction with Cross Country and First
Trans Pennine Express was at 84%.



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New trains bring 9,000 extra seats



A 180m fleet of electric trains will be introduced on the Scottish rail network.


Siemens will supply 130 new carriages, providing 9,000 more seats, which
will be brought into use by the end of 2010.

Finance Secretary John Swinney announced the deal, which will see 134
jobs created to operate and maintain the fleet and the expanded depots.

The trains will operate mainly in the west of Scotland and on the forthcoming
Glasgow Airport rail link.

"If we want to encourage more Scots to switch from their cars to public
transport, we need to continue to invest in our rail network," Mr Swinney
said.

First ScotRail said the new trains would lead to rolling stock being released
to operate on the forthcoming Airdrie to Bathgate line, meaning more capacity
on services connecting stations between Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Workforce expansion

HSBC will act as a third party in the deal with Siemens Transportation Systems,
which will see the agency Transport Scotland provide 180m for the new
fleet.

First ScotRail will then lease them out on a 17-year operating contract.

First ScotRail managing director Mary Grant, said: "This is the biggest
electric trains order in Scotland for a decade.

"It will result in extra trains, and services, at a time when more and more
people are choosing rail as their preferred means of travel."

Transport Scotland will also provide 40m for a platform extension
programme across Ayrshire and Inverclyde to accommodate the longer
electric trains.

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230m railway revolution for Glasgow

SCOTLAND is to get a 180million fleet of new hi-tech trains - and most
will operate in and out of Glasgow.


Transport chiefs will also create 134 jobs by spending another 50m on
longer platforms and building a new maintenance depot in the city's South
Side.

They are to buy 38 locomotives and 130 carriages that will provide extra
seating for 9000 passengers.

The fleet will be used on the Glasgow-Edinburgh service and Glasgow-
Inverclyde and Ayrshire.

Several of the new trains will provide passenger services on the planned
Glasgow Airport Rail Link.

The fleet will be fully air-conditioned and carriages will also be fitted with
CCTV, as well as power sockets for laptops.

They will be more spacious, with easy access for the disabled and
provision for cycles and luggage.

The new rolling stock will be phased in over three years, but will begin
running at stations from December 2010.

Longer platforms will be constructed at stations in Ayrshire and Inverclyde,
while a hi-tech repair and maintenance depot will be built in Glasgow's
Shields Road to replace an existing facility.

As well as the 134 extra jobs needed to maintain and operate Scotland's
expanded fleet, additional drivers are to be recruited, along with cleaners
who will be based at a depot in Yoker.

The investment comes amid predictions passengers numbers will rise
significantly over the next 10 years.



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Christ what an ugly design and how the hell will that central gangway door match up with another unit  

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