Chairman Pip's Railway Thoughts

Well, if they can’t come through the tunnel…

Posted in Business, Great Britain by Chairman Pip on 19 April 2010

It’s no secret that Deutsche Bahn want to start running trains direct to London; indeed, I’ve spoken of it before. But, it seems that they’re increasingly anxious to grab hold of a significant slice of the British rail market, without throwing in international rail travel. Already, DB has control of Chiltern Railways and Wrexham & Shropshire, and operates London Overground and the Tyne & Wear Metro on behalf of the local public transport bodies through its DB Regio division, while the former English, Welsh & Scottish Railway, the largest freight operator in Great Britain, was purchased by DB in 2007 and rebranded as part of the DB Schenker division. Now, DB look set to gain a further foothold by purchasing Arriva, one of the UK’s major trainsport providers, which controls two rail franchises, Arriva Trains Wales and CrossCountry. This will give DB a big slice of the passenger market. Hopefully it won’t prove to be a folly, especially if German models of efficient operation can be transposed to Britain’s railways. That’s always assuming that Deutsche Bahn run efficient railways.

“Deutsche Bahn poised to bid £1.6bn for Arriva”
“The Germans are coming, predicts Eurotunnel CEO”


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  1. Karon Hamming said, on 28 April 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Great site, will be back again very soon

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