Might we expect that all Cross City line trains end up as 6 coaches?
I was under the impression that was why the remaining 323s were heading to Birmingham in the first place.
I think that was the intention, but I believe the bidder has alternative plans. There was also some interesting capacity metrics in the Invitation to Tender about what was allowable standing metrics on them with Cl.323 vs. Cl.700-type stock.
The 150s have already been retired from the franchise.
Have they? Almost certain I saw a 150 at Bletchley on Tuesday, ready to do a Bedford service. I'm aware they are going soon, but thought they were remaining until the end of LM.
Perhaps I was getting mixed with the Invitation to Tender. In any case, they're all going.
but the 170s and 153s all go.
Hopefully some of the 170s will go to Northern. I believe they're still required to find around 18 2-car trains of similar quality and performance to a 170, so some of them would be perfect!
Don't forgot, there are Cl.170s coming off Scotrail and Anglia too. So there's gonna be lots of them floating around.
I reckon East Midlands will inherit a lot of the Cl.170s for regional routes. The rural routes are crying out for something higher quality than a 153, and there is a lot unmet demand.