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Author Topic: Intercity Express Programme (IEP) - ongoing discussion  (Read 626650 times)
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« Reply #15 on: June 20, 2012, 11:01:03 pm »

Looks like contract for IEP wont be signed til at least the end of July.

Also from WNXX tonight is that the for the new GW franchise holder has been delayed til Jan/Feb2013.

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« Reply #16 on: June 21, 2012, 09:45:27 pm »

Also from WNXX tonight is that the for the new GW franchise holder has been delayed til Jan/Feb2013.

Sorry, anthony215: I don't quite follow that?  Undecided
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« Reply #17 on: June 21, 2012, 10:30:31 pm »

Also from WNXX tonight is that the for the new GW franchise holder has been delayed til Jan/Feb2013.

Sorry, anthony215: I don't quite follow that?  Undecided


A post on WNXX  stating that the contract was supposed to be signed in July with the design freeze on IEP in December 2012.
 
Another post stating that the holder of the GW franchise was supposed to be annouced in Decmber 2012 but has been pushed back to Jan/Feb 2013 (Howver I thought the annoucement was always around March 2013 anyway?) with the  new operator taking over in July 2013 rather than April 2013 because of the easter blockade of Reading.
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« Reply #18 on: June 23, 2012, 11:13:41 am »

I thought the contract was extended slightly until the end of April 2013, because of the Easter blockade?
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« Reply #19 on: June 23, 2012, 04:13:22 pm »

I thought the contract was extended slightly until the end of April 2013, because of the Easter blockade?

That is what I had thought however it seems other people including some who are normaly correct have said it has been pushed back to July 2013 so i am trying to get a firm answer.
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« Reply #20 on: June 24, 2012, 10:55:19 am »

I thought the contract was extended slightly until the end of April 2013, because of the Easter blockade?

That is what I had thought however it seems other people including some who are normaly correct have said it has been pushed back to July 2013 so i am trying to get a firm answer.
Date quoted for GW franchise implementation is now 21-07-2013. Design freeze for IEP now quoted as being around December 2012. One would hope that they are going to get some kind of dimensionally correct 'Mock up' of the interior on display at some point before that for passengers and user groups to try for size and pass comment on. Remember folks that this is the future of long distance travel on the GW.

From the same normally very accurate source over at wnxxforum.com;


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2.17 Negotiation and Award
Following bid evaluation and clarification, the Department reserves the right to negotiate
with one, some, or all Bidders.
Historically, even though the Department is likely to have decided after its evaluation and
clarification process that one or two bidders are in a leading position, no indication of this
is provided to bidders, nor any public announcement made until actual contract award and
signature.
On the GW competition, because of the interaction with IEP, the Department reserves the
right to indicate to a bidder(s) that its bid is not considered to be a leading bid and that it
need not engage with the IEP design process any further.
Because such a decision is almost certain to become known anyway, the Department may
well decide to make a short formal announcement in this respect. So doing will not in any
way prevent the Department from re-engaging with that Bidder should the Department
subsequently find it is unable to contract with the two (or more) bidders that were originally
considered to be lead bidders.

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« Reply #21 on: June 24, 2012, 12:47:09 pm »

I thought the contract was extended slightly until the end of April 2013, because of the Easter blockade?

That is what I had thought however it seems other people including some who are normaly correct have said it has been pushed back to July 2013 so i am trying to get a firm answer.
Date quoted for GW franchise implementation is now 21-07-2013. Design freeze for IEP now quoted as being around December 2012. One would hope that they are going to get some kind of dimensionally correct 'Mock up' of the interior on display at some point before that for passengers and user groups to try for size and pass comment on. Remember folks that this is the future of long distance travel on the GW.

From the same normally very accurate source over at wnxxforum.com;


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2.17 Negotiation and Award
Following bid evaluation and clarification, the Department reserves the right to negotiate
with one, some, or all Bidders.
Historically, even though the Department is likely to have decided after its evaluation and
clarification process that one or two bidders are in a leading position, no indication of this
is provided to bidders, nor any public announcement made until actual contract award and
signature.
On the GW competition, because of the interaction with IEP, the Department reserves the
right to indicate to a bidder(s) that its bid is not considered to be a leading bid and that it
need not engage with the IEP design process any further.
Because such a decision is almost certain to become known anyway, the Department may
well decide to make a short formal announcement in this respect. So doing will not in any
way prevent the Department from re-engaging with that Bidder should the Department
subsequently find it is unable to contract with the two (or more) bidders that were originally
considered to be lead bidders.


I very much look forward to seing the mock up hitachi come up with if they do decide to build one.
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« Reply #22 on: June 25, 2012, 08:42:19 am »

I very much look forward to seing the mock up hitachi come up with if they do decide to build one.
I suspect you have more chance of knitting fog. DfT appear to be presenting IEP to the TOC's as a fait accompli, with that in mind I very much doubt the end users of the rail service, the passengers will get any input into the interior layout etc.

Just think Voyager with a higher floor, a longer whippier wobbly body and an even larger gin palace engine under the coach. You won't be far out...
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« Reply #23 on: June 25, 2012, 04:44:06 pm »

Just think Voyager with a higher floor, a longer whippier wobbly body and an even larger gin palace engine under the coach. You won't be far out...
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I'm just enjoying traveling on 125s whilst we still have them. As pointed out by Roger Ford on Twitter earlier, 40 years ago this month the first prototype HST rolled out and it's still going strong. On the ECML their failure rate is lower than the class 91s that replaced most of them back in the early 90s. Says it all really.
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« Reply #24 on: June 25, 2012, 08:28:25 pm »

I very much look forward to seing the mock up hitachi come up with if they do decide to build one.
I suspect you have more chance of knitting fog. DfT appear to be presenting IEP to the TOC's as a fait accompli, with that in mind I very much doubt the end users of the rail service, the passengers will get any input into the interior layout etc.

Just think Voyager with a higher floor, a longer whippier wobbly body and an even larger gin palace engine under the coach. You won't be far out...
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And the seats just slightly closer together, and slightly fewer tables, and no catering, except perhaps a trolley on selected services.
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A proper intercity train has a minimum of 8 coaches, gangwayed throughout, with first at one end, and a full sized buffet car between first and standard.
It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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« Reply #25 on: June 27, 2012, 04:25:03 pm »

I'm just imagining the posts that would have been made on this (and other) forums if the internet was around in the early to mid 70's (yes TJ, I know about ARPANET before you pipe up  Wink)

There would have been posts decrying the introduction of these new fangled HSDTs on the 'Western' and rose tinted descriptions of how great the then current rolling stock and locomotives were. Heck, I'd've probably joined in by saying I was sad to see the Diesel Hydraulics going off to the knackers yard.

Embrace the future I say. Look forward to the new. I am.  Cheesy

That's said, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that IEP isn't Voyager MK2!

Ancient Chinese curse it says "May you live in interesting times."  Wink Tongue Grin
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« Reply #26 on: June 27, 2012, 09:20:50 pm »

I thought the contract was extended slightly until the end of April 2013, because of the Easter blockade?

Amazing how Easter can catch so many people by surprise, despite 2,000 years' notice.
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« Reply #27 on: June 28, 2012, 10:29:10 am »

I'm just imagining the posts that would have been made on this (and other) forums if the internet was around in the early to mid 70's (yes TJ, I know about ARPANET before you pipe up  Wink)

There would have been posts decrying the introduction of these new fangled HSDTs on the 'Western' and rose tinted descriptions of how great the then current rolling stock and locomotives were. Heck, I'd've probably joined in by saying I was sad to see the Diesel Hydraulics going off to the knackers yard.

Embrace the future I say. Look forward to the new. I am.  Cheesy

That's said, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that IEP isn't Voyager MK2!

Ancient Chinese curse it says "May you live in interesting times."  Wink Tongue Grin

I remember the old (pre HST) trains on the Western, and elswhere.
The old trains were normally longer, and had more legroom, more tables, more luggage space, and opening windows.
The HSTs were a backward step in regard to train length and seat spacing, but some considered this a worthwhile trade off in view of the substantialy reduced journy times. The introduction of A/C was a decided advantage in hot weather.

The fact that HSTs are now widely regarded as among the best trains on the network, shows just how far standards and expectations have fallen.

A year or two ago , a locomotive hauled train of (I think MK2 coaches) ran regularly from Taunton
Many passengers believed that this was "all first class" or looked in vain for steerage. Being presumably used to modern DMUs, they could not believe that the large and well spaced seats, every seat at a table, could be steerage class !
No doubt they enjoy the modern DMUs now used in that service.
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A proper intercity train has a minimum of 8 coaches, gangwayed throughout, with first at one end, and a full sized buffet car between first and standard.
It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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« Reply #28 on: June 28, 2012, 10:48:11 am »

Two nods to modern rolling stock design:

1)  The 180s.  I'd forgotten just how much leg room you get in standard class.  For my money the right combination of tables and airline seats for a long distance train and all seats having a good view out of the window.  Though in many ways a lovely carriage, Mk2's with nothing but table seats were not so good when you wanted to have a little privacy and not play footsy with the person opposite.  Oh, and I hate fixed armrests!

2)  Class 172s.  I took a trip on one of the new Class 172s of London Midland a couple of months back.  Excellent leg room and 2+2 seating on what is a brand new suburban train, though train lengths have had to be extended and on some trains could do with being extended more (but not operationally possible due to platform lengths at present).  There are now complaints from commuters that there aren't enough seats in the peak hours - despite there being more carriages on many services.  Proves that sometimes you just can't win!
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« Reply #29 on: June 28, 2012, 12:20:09 pm »

Embrace the future I say. Look forward to the new. I am.  Cheesy

That's said, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that IEP isn't Voyager MK2!

Ancient Chinese curse it says "May you live in interesting times."  Wink Tongue Grin

Your going to be bitterly dissapointed then. Wink

Anyone who thinks a new underfloor engined Intercity style cart is going to be an improvement on HST wants their bumps felt. Its all about bums on seats and I doubt DfT are that concerned about the comfort of those bums that are seated.
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