Loading...
 

Railfuture in the news

Railfuture is frequently quoted by the media in newspapers, transport magazines, online and on radio and television.

Below are some recent examples of Railfuture being reported. If you know of any we've missed, then email media at railfuture.org.uk with details.



2020


16th February - BBC Radio Scotland.

The station dedicates half an hour to the topic of Beeching and reopenings in Scotland, with guests including Railfuture's honorary president Christian Wolmar and Railfuture spokesman Bruce Williamson. Listen here or download here.

12th February - Iltalehti (Finnish newspaper)

Railfuture's reputation goes international as the Finnish paper reports on approval for HS2. Railfuture spokesman Bruce Williamson's Finnish is a bit rusty, so his comments were made in English and then translated into Finnish. Translating back into English, it reads:

"British Railfuture - according to Bruce Williamson , a spokesman for the organization, it is primarily a matter of increasing rail capacity, but secondarily of speed. British railways are mainly built in the 1800s - century, and no matter how much we repair, we also need completely new rail connections, he tells Bristol by telephone to Iltalehti. New high-speed train lines must be much more direct than the routes on the old lines are planned, he continues."

11th February - The Gazette

Yet another Scottish newspaper reports on Railfuture Scotland's proposals for expanding Scotland's rail network. The headline is: "Experts at think tank call for Renfrewshire railway line to be resurrected", continuing: "A fresh call has been made to bring a “much-needed” rail line back to Renfrewshire. Think tank Railfuture Scotland has developed a map of service improvements across the country, which includes the restoration of a line through Elderslie, Bridge of Weir and Kilmacolm. "

5th February - Falkirk Herald

The paper picks up on Railfuture Scotland's proposals for expanding Scotland's rail network: "Pressure is building to bring a railway station back to the town of Grangemouth and its local MSP is more than chuffed about recently announced plans to do just that. Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald welcomed a report from Railfuture Scotland about having a Scottish rail network fit for the 21st century which identifies a new rail station in Grangemouth as a key priority."

3rd February - Daily Record

The headline is "Scotland's rail network needs 90 new stations to keep it on track say transport experts" - those transport experts are of course Railfuture Scotland, as the paper reports on Railfuture's plans to expand and invest in Scotland's railways.

2nd February - Herald on Sunday

Railfuture Scotland gets major coverage in the paper for its proposals to expand Scotland’s rail network. An article entitled "Scotland's railway roadmap: think tank reveals wish-list for our train network" gives a detailed explanation of Railfuture's plans, and Jane Ann Liston of Scotland branch writes an opinion piece: "Bold vision for our railways is the only way to transform transport network". In addition, the paper prints a leader under the title "Revolutionary thinking that's long overdue", praising Railfuture's plans and saying "If we are to have a practical network that people actually want to leave their cars at home for, this kind of thinking is exactly what's needed."

30th January - BBC Radio Five Live

Railfuture spokesman Bruce Williamson is invited on to the breakfast show to talk about the nationalisation of Northern. Listen here or download here.

29th January - talkRADIO

Railfuture chairman Chris Page appears on James Whale's evening programme for a detailed discussion of the Northern situation. Listen here or download here.

29th January - Lincolnshire Echo

The paper reports on the impact of renationalising the Northern franchise. David Harby, chairman of Lincolnshire branch, said that Northern's problems stem from even before the current franchise was agreed.

"Bringing Northern under public control will mean absolutely nothing. It won't make a blind bit of difference at the moment to passengers in this area, for whom nothing will change."

29th January - BBC1

Nina Smith of Yorkshire branch is featured on BBC News at Ten in a report on the nationalisation of the Northern franchise, and she later reappears on the BBC News Channel. She is also included in a report on BBC Radio 4's 6 o'clock news. Listen here or download here.

Chris Hyomes of Yorkshire branch appears on Look North.

28th January - talkRADIO

Railfuture spokesman Bruce Williamson is interviewed by Matthew Wright about the £500 million fund for reversing some of the Beeching cuts. Listen here or download here.

28th January - BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Peter Wakefield of East Anglia branch is interviewed about the prospects for reopening lines in Cambridgeshire, in the light of the government's announcement of the £500 million fund for reversing some of the Beeching cuts. Listen here or download here.

28th January - talkRADIO

Railfuture director Roger Blake is interviewed about the £500 million fund for reversing some of the Beeching cuts. Listen here or download here.

27th January - talkRADIO

The troubled Northern franchise is strongly rumoured to be up for nationalisation. Railfuture spokesman Bruce Williamson is invited on to James Max's business breakfast programme for his analysis. Listen here or download here.

23rd January - Love Sport Radio

Kelvin MacKenzie interviews Railfuture spokesman Bruce Williamson about the ongoing question mark over HS2 and the situation on South Western. Listen here or download here..

22nd January - BBC1

Nina Smith, chair of Yorkshire branch, is interviewed about overcrowding on Northern. The same clip was later broadcast on Look North.

20th January - LBC

HS2 cost forecasts are now up to £106 billion. Should the project go ahead? Railfuture spokesman Bruce Williamson is interviewed alongside Penny Gaines from the Stop HS2 campaign. Listen here or download here.

20th January - Hastings and St. Leonards Observer

Ore station, in East Sussex on the Marshlink Line, has shown remarkable growth in passenger numbers. Roger Blake of London & South East branch is quoted: “The leap in usage is a vote of confidence by local residents and visitors around Ore in their local train service. It just goes to show what local activism can achieve when done in partnership with others, be it the train operator, Sussex CRP, Railfuture, and as a member of the Hastings & Rother Rail Users Alliance.”

16th January - Western Mail

Transport for Wales will pay almost £2m extra for more comfortable seats in its fleet of new trains.
Peter Kingsbury, chair of Railfuture Wales, is quoted: “The potential use of hard seats on the new trains running long distance services in Wales is wrong, and should not have occurred... Had interested parties been consulted on the design of the new trains, this issue could have been avoided... It is hoped that the seats align with windows to enable tourists using the new trains, which will operate on some of the most scenic Welsh routes, to enjoy the view.”

9th January - talkRADIO

Both South Western and Northern franchises look likely to end, but for different reasons. Railfuture spokesman Bruce Williamson is interviewed on Mike Graham's morning show. Listen here or download here.

8th January - Yorkshire Post

Nina Smith, chair of Yorkshire branch, has a letter published about overcrowding on Cross Country trains. She writes:

"The use of four carriage Voyager trains on these long distance services is completely unacceptable. LNER and Great Western Railway have recently handed back to leasing companies many excellent, if older, seven to nine carriage High Speed Train sets. The Transport Secretary should require Cross Country Trains to lease some of these, and modify their doors and lavatories to meet access and hygiene requirements."

6th January - Birmingham Mail

Chiltern has increased car parking charges at some of its stations. Colin Major of West Midlands branch is quoted:

"We are not really happy with inhibiting people from travelling by train although we recognise it costs money to build and maintain car parking. There is a shortage of car parking spaces at every station."

6th January - City A.M.

Crossrail has been delayed yet again. Railfuture’s Bruce Williamson said it was unacceptable and that TfL had “serious questions to answer” about the delay.

He added: “Londoners will be only too aware that the tube is under a lot of strain, and across the UK rail network there is a shortage of capacity.”

3rd January - Western Mail

John Rogers of Railfuture Cymru Wales has a letter published under the title "Full devolution of rail transport is needed." He says: "Transport for Wales is to be praised for bucking the fares trend by reducing some fares or implementing only lower increases than in England. The Welsh Government has had to battle with Westminster to achieve the partial levels of control of Welsh railways that it now has. Only when we have full devolution of rail transport can we take further the process of having a Welsh rail network truly serving the nation."

3rd January - Yorkshire Post

The Department for Transport is reportedly considering splitting the Northern franchise into two. Nina Smith, chair of Yorkshire branch, argues that this is not the solution in a letter to the paper.

2nd January - Fare rises

Railfuture spokesman Bruce Williamson is interviewed on the breakfast shows of LBC (Listen here or download here) and talkRADIO (Listen here or download here). Some of his comments are included in a news item on the talkRADIO website.
He then appears on BBC Radio Tees to talk about some of the ways of getting cheaper tickets (listen here or download here) and then BBC Radio London to talk about fare rises and other wider rail issues. Listen here or download here.

Nina Smith of Yorkshire branch appears on BBC Radio Leeds Listen here or download here.

Railfuture director Roger Blake appeared on Sky News.

Dave Richardson of Thames Valley branch is interviewed on BBC South evening news and again on the late news.

Our press release is picked up by many media outlets, with Railfuture being quoted by Sky, Evening Standard, Telegraph, Mirror, Daily Star, Daily Mail, Daily Record, The Sun, Scotsman, Guardian, iNews and the front page of the Metro , as well as many local papers.

2nd January - LBC

Railfuture director Roger Blake is interviewed about the future of the Northern franchise. Listen here or download here.

2nd January - BBC Midlands Today

Steve Wright of West Midlands branch is interviewed about some of the problems facing rail operators in the region.



Click HERE for previous examples of Railfuture in the media.

Media - For more information please contact:
Bruce Williamson, media spokesman
Tel: 0117 927 2954
Mobile: 07759 557389
Email: media at railfuture.org.uk

Apply to join Railfuture now - click HERE.



Rail User Express Rail Action