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Fixing our creaking railways

Author: Ian Brown and Chris Austin - Published At: Sun 03 of Dec, 2017 00:09 GMT - (510 Reads)
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The government’s Strategic Vision for Rail, published on 29th November 2017, sets out a vision for our railways. The proposal to reopen lines closed by Beeching captured the attention of the press, but equally significant were the proposals for joint operation of train and track and changes to the franchising system. Photo: Apperley Bridge, which opened in 2015, is an example of a rail development which unlocked new housing in an area within commuting distance of Leeds.

Best Station Cafe

Author: Nina Smith - Published At: Thu 28 of Sep, 2017 14:36 BST - (1337 Reads)
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Hebden Bridge Station Café voted best in country. Railfuture Communications Director Chris Hyomes presents the award to Lisa and Antoinette, owners of The Coffee Station, Hebden Bridge.

Guarding passengers

Author: Ray King - Published At: Mon 13 of Mar, 2017 13:35 GMT - (5969 Reads)
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A personal view from Railfuture vice-president Peter Rayner.Photo: A crowded train at Gretna Green in August 2016.

On-train ticket sales

Author: Jerry Alderson (Research by Phil Smart) - Published At: Thu 22 of Sep, 2016 17:08 BST - (2381 Reads)
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Where there is no ticket machine or station staff selling tickets passengers should be able to buy any ticket or group of tickets they require from on-board staff. Railfuture believes it is unacceptable for a passenger to regularly have to queue up at their destination to buy a ticket a ticket, yet it happens all too often. Photo: Phil Smart

North Sea Coast service

Author: Chris Page - Published At: Tue 20 of Sep, 2016 12:26 BST - (2281 Reads)
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Could local trains soon be running over the Royal Borders Bridge? On 12th September 2016 SENRUG, the Railfuture-affiliated group that campaigns for better rail services in South East Northumberland, unveiled its new campaign for a local rail service running north of Morpeth, every hour of the day. Photo Clive Nicholson / Steve Miller adapted.

Eurostar's new trains

Author: Jerry Alderson - Published At: Thu 01 of Sep, 2016 18:53 BST - (5178 Reads)
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Since November 2015 Eurostar has been operating its new 320km/h ‘e320’ trains (left), initially only on the London-Paris route before being rolled out onto the Brussels service as well. They were purchased to allow Eurostar to operate new services including to Amsterdam. Passengers should notice an improvement in the on-board experience compared to the old ‘e300’ trains (right) dating back to 1994.

Carlisle sets example

Author: Jerry Alderson - Published At: Wed 31 of Aug, 2016 18:14 BST - (2804 Reads)
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Rail users may feel that London gets the majority of the investment and other parts of Britain are poorly served but some of the most passenger-focused stations are far from London. Carlisle station, on the West Coast Main Line, sets an example that other parts of the country should follow, particularly when it comes to providing adequate seating (including cushioned seats on platforms – a rare sight) and canopies to the end of a platform.

Day Ranger day out

Author: Jerry Alderson - Published At: Wed 27 of Jul, 2016 20:54 BST - (3228 Reads)
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The vast majority of rail tickets sold in Britain are singles, returns and seasons. Few passengers are aware of ranger (single day) and rover (multiple days, either contiguous or X out of Y days) tickets that allow unlimited travel within a geographic area, or the entire British network in the case of the All-Line Rover. They can be good value for money and are often an ideal way to get to know a region. Felixstowe is one of five East Anglian seaside towns that can be visited with an Anglia Plus Day Ranger. The others are Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft, Cromer and Sheringham. This view of Felixstowe seafront is just ten minutes’ walk from the platform at Felixstowe station.

Southern comfort

Author: Roger Blake - Published At: Sun 24 of Jul, 2016 20:54 BST - (2415 Reads)
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A capacity boost was provided for hard-pressed Southern commuters on 25 July 2016 when the first 10-car train ran on the Uckfield line. Network Rail has been performing a series of enhancemrnts on the route including platform extensions. Edenbridge Town, for example, has an extended platform, new passenger shelters and customer information screens (photo above by Roger Blake).

Train staff duties

Author: Jerry Alderson - Published At: Mon 27 of Jun, 2016 19:13 BST - (8834 Reads)
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In 2016 there have been a series of strikes on Govia Thameslink Railway (which uses the Thameslink, Gatwick Express and Southern brands) because of a dispute about how on-board staff can be best utilised – see BBC tweet above. ScotRail trains have also been disrupted and, unless a network-wide agreement is reached or their franchise with the government is amended, Northern services will be in the future as well. Passengers are unclear why the disputes have arisen and what the issues are.

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