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UK: On November 23 South West Trains returned to service the first two of its 91 Class 455 inner-suburban EMUs which are being refurbished at Bombardier’s Ashford works. The mid-life refurbishment project will be completed in March 2008. The £67m cost is being funded by Porterbrook, and will be recouped by incremental lease charges to SWT. Hornagold & Hills is project manager, with detailed design work undertaken by AEA Technology Rail and Atlantic Design. The interior layout has been revised to increase capacity by improving passenger flow. Following passenger consultation, SWT decided to drop the under-used middle seat in the former 3+2 layout in favour of 2+2 seating, with the increased space used to provide more standing room, wider aisles and easier to reach grab rails, which should accommodate an extra 60 standing passengers per unit.To determine how best to minimise station dwell times through faster boarding, The Railway Consultancy carried out detailed testing of different interior configurations using a carriage mock-up and a team of 95 people. The doors now open wider to allow two people to pass, and the draught screens have been set further back so that passengers standing against them will not block the doorways.Grammer is supplying 244 new seats for each four-car unit, and these have high backs to meet crash safety requirements. A further 28 perch seats are provided, and there are tip-up seats in the wheelchair spaces as well as in multi-purpose areas for luggage, bikes or additional wheelchairs. Accessibility has been improved within the constraints of the existing bodyshell, the Strategic Railway Authority having agreed that prohibitively-expensive modifications would not be demanded.The EMUs are receiving a complete electrical overhaul, with the auxiliary switches, relays and fuses replaced by modern equivalents to improve reliability. The existing traction equipment and wiring have been retained, but Saft 70 Ah batteries have replaced 40 Ah batteries, and the use of LED marker and door indicator lights will further reduce maintenance requirements.According to Project Sponsor Andrew McIntosh, SWT hopes the refurbishment programme will reduce delays due to rolling stock faults by 3000 minutes per month when the entire fleet is completed. ‘They will be the most reliable suburban trains in the country’, believes Managing Director Andrew Haines. The Class 455s accounted for half of the 143·5million passenger-journeys handled by SWT in 2003-04.Installation of CCTV from RPS will be part-funded by Transport for London.
Share By DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre [email protected]’s the height of summer and crowds are flocking to our beaches every day. The unusually wet winter and spring we had have given way to sultry summer days full of bright sunshine and scorching temperatures.That hot weather and clear skies mean plenty of people are looking for ways to cool down, and while the rainy days are no longer clouding our skies, their memory has left a lasting worry in some people’s minds.What am I referring to? Well, the Rio Grande Valley wasn’t the only spot in Texas that received record-breaking deluges in May. North of us, places like Houston, Galveston and the Hill Country received enough rain to cover the entire Lone Star State in 10 feet of water. All that liquid busted a years-long drought that had been crippling our farmers and municipalities.But sometimes there can be too much of a good thing. So much water fell so fast and in such a short period of time that waterways and drainage systems couldn’t keep up. Eventually, untreated water flowed into the Gulf. And soon after that, bacteria levels in coastal waters began to spike, creating a hazard that could cause illnesses in beachgoers.People have begun to worry that the waters off South Padre Island are unsafe. On social media, questions are posted on public message boards, “How’s the water on the Island?” everyone wants to know.The water is fine. Our waters are tested at over two dozen locations across the Island and Boca Chica Beach every week. So far, all the results have been coming back green, which means the water is ok. Not only that, but the current in our corner of the Gulf flows from south to north, meaning we’re not getting any trickle down from the bacteria-positive water to our north. On the contrary, eventually, the water that flows past South Padre Island will make its way to Corpus Christi, Galveston and beyond.So fear not! Our water is clean, our beaches are beautiful and the weather is perfect. Feel free to enjoy a swim. And of course, don’t forget to enjoy your Island time as safely as possible. Always let someone know where you’re going. Don’t swim alone. Stay hydrated and use plenty of sunscreen.One last thing, be sure to make use of the numerous trash and recycling bins that have been placed by the City and the County all along the shore. It takes the efforts of all of us combined to keep our beaches the best ones in the state. Have fun out there, and when you come back in from the water, be sure to visit us online at www.portisabelsouthpadre.com.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedWriter’s Block: Chance of ShowersBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] A small rumble of thunder sounded overhead Tuesday evening. So gentle was the sound that at first I couldn’t tell if I’d heard thunder or my neighbor moving something next door. I turned on the light outside and cracked open my front door…July 14, 2017In “Editor’s Column”Writer’s Block: So Long, Farewell!By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Though the beats are still bumping at the beach and bayside parties, Spring Break 2017 is quickly winding down, it seems. Once again, the seasons are changing — Monday ushered in the first official day of spring with sunny skies and a warm…March 24, 2017In “Editor’s Column”Writer’s Block: Sunset MeetingsBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Earlier this week I had a late afternoon meeting on South Padre Island. As the meeting began to draw to a close, I couldn’t help but notice the increasingly golden tones of sunlight that pierced through the cracks in the blinds at the…October 21, 2016In “Editor’s Column”
A group of sports governing bodies have teamed up to help local governments and policy makers speed up the safe return of live competitions and reopening of grassroots venues.“We are at their disposal,” International Ski Federation (FIS) secretary general Sarah Lewis said. “This expertise is in place and communication with the necessary authorities already exists.”The campaign wants to help pave the way for organized sports events to return, and support local authorities in opening grass-roots facilities safely for their communities.A key step is easing travel and accommodation restrictions for athletes and fans as many sports prepare to start their seasons in September and onward into the European winter.“This campaign is trying to align messages across the continent,” said Patrick Comninos, chief executive of the Basketball Champions League overseen by the sport’s governing body FIBA.“This is a very dynamic environment. Every week we get different information about what is required in a specific country,” Comninos said.Lewis said the new campaign group aims to give “compelling reasons and arguments that sport can be trusted and be a leader and role model” to help communities emerge from the pandemic. Associated Press Television News LIVE TV First Published: 18th June, 2020 23:16 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE Written By COMMENT Last Updated: 18th June, 2020 23:16 IST Sports Bodies Campaign To Reopen Safe Live Events, Clubs A group of sports governing bodies have teamed up to help local governments and policy makers speed up the safe return of live competitions and reopening of grassroots venues. FOLLOW US
AEK and Apollon, who finished in second and third place respectively in the league, begin their European journey for the new season in the first qualifying round of the Europa League.AEK face the Moldovan side FC Petrocub at the Arena stadium in Larnaca in the first leg, with the Cypriot side favourites to progress to the next round despite the fact that they made just four signings so far, two of which are ineligible to play as they were signed too late to be registered with UEFA.Their coach Imanol Idiakez will rely almost entirely on last season’s squad for this game with the only absentees being the now retired Katala and Igor Silva who returned to Olympiakos in Greece following his year-long loan period.The Moldovans are novices to European football having just one participation prior to this one, when they were knocked out in the first round by Croatian side NK Osijek last year.All but four of Petrocub’s players are Moldovans.For some absurd reason the game kicks-off at 6.30pm where temperatures are expected to be very high.Apollon clash with FK Kauno Zalgiris in Lithuania in their first leg encounter, with the Limassol side hoping to repeat what they achieved in the past three seasons and progress to the group stage of the competition. Unlike AEK, Apollon have been very busy in the transfer market bringing in eleven new players with nine moving in the opposite direction.A lot is expected of feisty winger Giannis Gianniotas (formerly of rivals Apoel) and towering 21-year-old Hungarian Attila Szalai. FK Kauno Zalgiris was formed just 15 years ago (2004) and this will be their first ever appearance in a European competition. The game will be played at the Darius and Girenas Stadium that has a capacity of just over 15,000. The game kicks-off at 8pm.