News from around the web

Not had much chance to write anything recently, but here are a few news stories making the headlines (anything other than EuroStar problems?, yes):

Eurostar breaks down again (The Times) – is it time to buy new rolling stock then? the trains do look a little battered and dated now
UK Conservative party looks to be playing politics with the proposed high-speed rail line from London to Scotland; questions arise over whether they will support the route that takes in some of the voting heartlands they will need to protect in forth coming election (The Telegraph)
Korean companies are looking to bid for contracts in the construction of Brazil’s high-speed project
North Wales could be home to a new light rail network if a feasibility study finds that such a scheme is viable. This is of particular interest to me since I come from this part of the world and would love to see such a scheme go ahead. (The Daily Post)
Hong Kong’s historic tram line is to be completely taken over by French group Veolia (CNNgo)
Monster Train – new generation of ultra long trains trialled in US; we talking about a freight train that is 3.5 miles or 5.5 km long!
The winners from US transportation handout and the potential revolution (Wired)
The failings of Eurostar, in graphics and very good ones at that (EU Infrastructure) – the first commenter makes a very good case that the EuroStar itself is never going to be perfect because it was built to a standard design (based on TGV) that had to comply with UK, French and Belgian standards. It would be interesting to see what the next generation of units would look like when the current model is replaced, until then EuroStar company needs to come up with better emergency plans.


The UK media is running a story that the current UK government has postponed a 7.5 Billion pound order for a replacement of Britain ageing HST fleet. Whilst making the usual excuses, the announcement includes consideration of the fact that a newer project to electrify the Western line out of Paddington potentially impacts the need for the hybrid units that were being ordered (diesel/electric solution); however, the fact remains that for the time being trains in UK will remain packed – The Guardian