Chairman Pip's Railway Thoughts

As if that wasn’t enough

Posted in Business, Europe, Great Britain, High Speed, Rolling stock by Chairman Pip on 9 December 2011

It seems that Deutsche Bahn’s ambitions for London will have to be put on hold, if the story that I first learned of through Twitter last night, and has since appeared in the Financial Times is anything to go by, because when 2013 comes around they won’t have any trains capable of running the service. Siemens is a year behind schedule with the delivery of DB’s Class 407 EMUs, the intention of which was to fit them for use through the Channel Tunnel. As a consequence, DB has announced that it will be another four years until it is ready to start services from London to its planned destinations of Amsterdam, Cologne and Frankfurt. What is surprising though is that there seems to be a war of words developing between DB and Siemens over this – DB have said that Siemens’ are suffering major delays in the work, and it is this that has caused the postponement of its services through the Tunnel, while Siemens have countered by acknowledging the delay in fulfilling the order, but also saying that DB has yet to confirm it wants the units fitted for use in the Tunnel. All of which plays into the hands of Eurostar, whose own order for 10 brand new trains from Siemens, which will be broadly similar to the Class 407s, will (according to the manufacturer) be unaffected, and will allow Eurostar to implement its own plans for new services to Amsterdam and Cologne at least a year before DB (assuming of course that the Siemens product is finally passed for use in the Tunnel), further cementing its monopoly on passenger services. This makes one wonder exactly where any genuine competition for Eurostar will acutally come from.

“Delays hit Deutsche Bahn’s London timetable”
“Peers call for better Channel Tunnel rail services”

With delays to the delivery of Deutsche Bahn's Class 407 units, the start of the German operator's planned services to London has also been delayed

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  1. […] are looking to start up services to ever more destinations, even if Deutsche Bahn have had to put back their planned London-Frankfurt/Amsterdam services by two years. This doesn’t explain why more […]


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