Northern franchise termination was the only option, says Transport for the North

first_imgPhotos: Tony MilesTerminating the Northern franchise ‘is not a silver bullet for all the problems’‘We think that there are definitely some things that can be done quickly’, Hoggarth insists. TfN and political leaders believe the focus should be on performance and things that will build trust with passengers, and ‘we hope that the 100-day review that Richard George and his team are going to carry out will bring that focus.’Hoggarth defends the way that what is now seen to be a clearly over-ambitious timetable plan for May 2018 was accepted. After three stages of review involving Arriva, DfT, TfN and Network Rail, and ‘a whole series of checks and balances with changes made along the way’, it was the fragmented industry structure that led to a timetable which the infrastructure was unable to handle.The Glaister review of problems with timetabling ‘points to some of the gaps that are in the system not picking the problems up; but for us it’s not pointing the blame in one area, it goes back to the system because it’s too fragmented. Now we’ve got the Network Rail report with the Castlefield Corridor through central Manchester being declared “Congested Infrastructure” so that at least means there’s a line in the sand and something needs to happen before more services can go in’.In the meantime, Hoggarth confirms that regional political leaders are prepared to accept some short-term pain in the form of service reductions as long as a pipeline of infrastructure improvements is also agreed.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Photos: Tony Miles‘Just doing Manchester isn’t enough’, said Hoggath. ’Leeds has got its challenges as well as York, Middlesbrough, Sheffield and so on.’‘We’ve now got clarity and the opportunity to do the right thing in terms of completing the Northern Hub.’ He adds that a key lesson is ‘just doing Manchester isn’t enough – Leeds has got its challenges as well as York, Middlesbrough, Sheffield and so on.’Some areas will lose out from short-term service changes, but ‘the current level of performance is not acceptable’, and ‘overall everybody will gain in the long term.’Hoggarth also accepts that a ‘more comprehensive rewrite of the timetable specification’ will be needed, because of the time required to deliver major infrastructure enhancements.Franchising system not fit for purposeHoggarth is reluctant to accept that the late delivery of new trains should have been seen as a mitigating factor in the performance collapse and levels of overcrowding, even though the operator was under extreme pressure from TfN and its members to withdraw Pacer DMUs which could have provided some short-term additional capacity.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Transport for the North Strategic Rail Director David HoggarthIndustry sources have expressed some unease at the decision, and Transport for the North’s apparent willingness to see the franchise terminated rather than agree to Arriva’s proposals to stabilise the business.However, there was no alternative to termination, Transport for the North Strategic Rail Director David Hoggarth told Rail Business UK.Hoggarth said financial issues were the tipping point for the region’s political leaders. ‘Northern has got to the point where it is financially unsustainable’, he said. ‘There were multiple points where aspects of the franchise weren’t delivered to plan; whether that is the delays in the rolling stock, the refurbishment programme or some of the underlying performance issues around short formations and the crowding problems. But the financial issue meant that change had to happen and the DfT had two options, as it did for LNER.’TfN’s political leaders had to take a view on which option was going to give the best answer, ‘and the view they took very strongly was that a fresh start was needed’.TfN felt that Arriva had lost the trust of passengers, and that a direct award agreement would not rebuild this. ‘At the end of the day it is still DfT which makes the decision, but our view was made clear; the only way to restore trust was to go down the OLR route.’Knotty and thorny issuesFreed from the constraints of a franchise agreement, Hoggarth expects OLR to make decisions that will put Northern on a sound footing ahead of the release of the Williams Review into the structure of the industry and a decision on how the next contract will be managed.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Photos: Tony MilesFreed from the constraints of a franchise agreement, Hoggarth expects OLR to make decisions that will put Northern on a sound footing ahead of the release of the Williams Review‘The OLR-type option that we are now moving to brings with it the holding group, with Richard George and Robin Gisby coming in as the rail industry’s trusted experts, who can work at a level above the day-to-day operations on some of the more strategic issues; perhaps some of the more knotty or thorny issues as well and really help move it forward.‘Also the construct of OLR means it’s much easier to move to whatever comes out of the Williams Review, as opposed to a direct award where you still have a franchise agreement and all the constraints that system has.’No silver bulletTfN is ‘clear that this is not a silver bullet for all the problems of Northern’, which include inadequate infrastructure, staffing matters and historic issues carried forward from previous franchises.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Industry sources have expressed some unease at the decision to terminate Arriva’s franchise rather than agree to its proposals for stabilisation. But termination was the only available option, Transport for the North Strategic Rail Director David Hoggarth tells Rail Business UK’s Tony Miles.,UK: The Department for Transport’s Operator of Last Resort is scheduled to take over the Northern franchise from Arriva on March 1, nationalising the services following a lengthy period of poor performance which Arriva has claimed was largely beyond its control.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#center_img The operator was under extreme pressure from TfN and its members to withdraw Pacer DMUs‘This goes back to franchising not being fit for purpose, because it tends to focus procurement into a short space of time and the plans get concertinaed. At the end of the day it has to be the operator’s responsibility to manage – they are the ones who selected the suppliers and they have to manage them. It’s not for the northern authorities to go out and procure the trains, that’s not the way in the current franchise model. The franchise holders are the operators, they’ve made those choices on the rolling stock and they need to be absolutely persistent with the manufacturers and the ROSCOs and be pressing the buttons to make sure they’re doing everything they can.’TfN’s Rail North Committee has made it clear that ‘accountability has to be primarily through the operator, and that also holds true for the infrastructure as well because we should have all aspects of track and train working together.’#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Photos: Tony MilesNew trains are finally arriving at both Northern and TransPennine ExpressWith several fleets of new trains finally arriving at both Northern and TransPennine Express, Hoggarth strikes an optimistic note. ‘Getting those trains in is at the core of the transformation of both of these franchises. Those new trains will be in service this year and we’re pushing the operators to do that but do it in a measured way … that’s been the key thrust of TfN’s members; to make sure that passengers see that benefit in an ordered way.‘I think when they look back, at the end of 2020, passengers will be in a much better place even if there are still the ongoing infrastructure issues, but just having the ability to be able to get on the train because it’s five coaches rather than three is quite a difference.’It is the system that’s failed#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# ‘Our focus has been on putting passengers first and delivering reliable services’, said HoggarthConcluding his explanation of the ending of the Northern franchise, Hoggarth emphasises ‘it is the system that’s failed, you can look at individual elements and say that wasn’t right and that has been recognised. When the Williams Review is out we’ll be really strong on what we want to get out of it. Better decisions will be made when they are made locally and with full information and visibility, delivered through a single point of accountability, that’s the bit that’s been missing; then hopefully we’ll get that growth and transformation.‘Our focus has been on putting passengers first and delivering reliable services; this is about learning lessons, moving forward and grasping the magnificent opportunity for the future. The North has never had such attention put on it in terms of what we need for infrastructure; we’ve got the evidence base, we’ve got the long-term plan, we have the people and the skills ready to support the delivery around that plan and we want everybody to push with us for that journey. The whole of TfN is up for that.’last_img read more

Midfielder has ‘very advanced agreement’ to sign for Leicester – All…

first_imgTheir efforts to sign Ibrahima Diallo from Stade Brest 29 didn’t go unnoticed by the French press, and while that might have been where their efforts were focused a few months ago, Radio Marca believe they are firmly elsewhere now.We say that because the Spanish radio station report on Tuesday that Leicester currently have a ‘very advanced agreement’ with Real Betis’ William Carvalho for him to leave at the end of the season.As things stand, there has yet to be an agreement between the two clubs over a transfer fee, but it’s said ‘all parties see this operation with good eyes’. If you look at the trail of articles from the January transfer window involving Leicester City, the Foxes are looking for a defensive midfielder. No numbers have been released just yet, but if this does head towards a transfer, it would finally allow the Portugal international to get his move to the Premier League after years of speculation dating back to his Sporting CP days.Once a recurring target for Manchester United, the defensive midfielder has also been previously linked with the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham, among others.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending Today聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undolast_img read more