Born Acorn writes: Now it appears Arriva stopped ordering spares months ago, which is something I’d read elsewhere a couple of days ago.
Didn’t know they took the wheel lathes with them though. That would paralyse the repairing of “square wheels” caused by slippery rails.
If this is true, and I don’t know either way, it makes the franchise business even more of a fiasco. What happened to due diligence, or even a note on a fag packet.
Give the Wrexham-Bidston line to Mersey Rail so we can have trains running directly into Liverpool.
Merseyrail would be fine, but they only have electric trains due to diesel being banned in the loop line under Liverpool. You’d need to electrify the entire line to Wrexham Central, which was estimated to cost at least £207 million several years ago.
I believe the above quote refers to heavy rail via Chester and Frodsham through the recently reopened Halton Curve.
A spokeswoman for Transport for Wales said: “We’re working to introduce new services from May 2019 between Chester and Liverpool Lime Street and also extending two of these services to serve Wrexham.
This has been delayed to May 2019 due to a.. you guessed it… shortage of trains.
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