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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.


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20th May - BBC Radio Kent

Eurostar wants to expand its services with a fleet of new trains, but what hope is there for services returning to Ashford and Ebbsfleet? Chris Fribbins of Kent branch is interviewed on the breakfast show. Listen here or download here.

27th April - TalkTV

Railfuture spokesman Bruce Williamson discusses the state of the railways, including Labour's plans to renationalise the railways. Click here to watch it.

26th April - railfreight.com

"Go for good now, not perfect net-zero later, says Railfuture" is the headline. The article continues: "Waiting for the perfect solution to carbon emissions is the wrong strategy. Rail freight can deliver a good solution now, which is better overall, says Railfuture, the influential pressure group that promotes rail development in the UK."

25th April - LBC News

Labour has published its proposals to renationalise the railways. Railfuture spokesman Bruce Williamson appears on the breakfast show to offer his thoughts on how this will pan out. Listen here or download here.

Later the same morning he is interviewed by Simon Parkin on BBC Radio Somerset. Listen here or download here.

18th April - Devon Live

"Fresh moves to restore Devon rail link" reports Devon Live, following Torridge District Council's vote to join the new Northern Devon Railway Development Alliance following its inaugural event organised by Railfuture.

12th April - North Devon Gazette

"Key developments in Bideford's railway revival hopes" declares the North Devon Gazette, in a follow-up report again mentioning the new Northern Devon Railway Development Alliance and its inaugural event on 1st March organised by Railfuture.

10th April - North Devon Gazette

"Rail link revival group gets backing" reports the North Devon Gazette, following Torridge District Council's vote to join the new Northern Devon Railway Development Alliance following its inaugural event organised by Railfuture.

9th April - Radio Exe

"Bideford/Barnstaple rail link backed" reports Radio Exe (Devon) in a Top News story, following Torridge District Council's vote to join the new Northern Devon Railway Development Alliance following its inaugural event organised by Railfuture.

8th April - Cambridge Independent

Under the headline "New research supports calls for reinstatement of railway between Cambridge and Haverhill" the paper covers East Anglia branch's campaign for this reopening.

4th April - Cambridge News

The paper publishes an opinion piece by East Anglia branch under the headline "OPINION: Report demonstrates ‘strong case’ for Haverhill to Cambridge railway".

4th April - North Devon Journal

"Rail line is most successful for GWR and alliance can help aid growth" - the newly-founded Northern Devon Railway Development Alliance's inaugural event on 1st March is again reported in the North Devon Journal (see also 22nd March) following its inaugural event organised by Railfuture; group photo includes Policy Director Ian Brown CBE and Infrastructure & Networks Director Roger Blake.

3rd April - BBC One

Railfuture spokesman Bruce Williamson comments on Network Rail's investment plans on BBC News at One on BBC1 TV. The same report also appears on the 6pm edition. View it here

2nd April - The Sun

The paper runs its usual seasonal knocking copy about engineering works with the headline "Rail firms to get £50m compensation for Easter engineering works — but axe payouts to suffering passengers". Railfuture spokesman Bruce Williamson is quoted: “The way money moves around the rail industry will be a mystery to most ­passengers. Easter works are essential, but it’s understandable passengers would want compensation.”

2nd April - Devon Live

"New Devon rail link could radically transform deprived town" - illustrated coverage of the Northern Devon Railway Development Alliance’s proposal to connect Bideford back onto the rail network, with local MPs Sir Geoffrey Cox KC and Selaine Saxby expressing support at its inaugural event organised by Railfuture; group photo includes Policy Director Ian Brown CBE and Infrastructure & Networks Director Roger Blake.

28th March - Suffolk News

"Restoration of Haverhill to Cambridge railway gains support from new Railfuture East Anglia study" is the headline on a story about a new report published by Railfuture, which you can read here.

The story is also picked up by the Cambridge News.

25th March - The Voice FM

Railfuture, and Railwatch, are mentioned several times in an interview with Tarka Rail Association's Tim Steer about the new Northern Devon Railway Development Alliance, and recent Community Rail Awards. Listen here or download here.

22nd March - North Devon Journal

"New alliance is formed to fight for rail upgrade" - the newly-founded Northern Devon Railway Development Alliance's inaugural event is reported in the North Devon Journal following its inaugural event organised by Railfuture.

18th March - Falkirk Herald

The possibility of opening a station in Grangemouth seems to be gradually increasing. Railfuture Scotland gets credit in the article for a report it produced "about having a Scottish rail network fit for the 21st century."

15th March - BBC Radio Devon

Railfuture director Roger Blake is interviewed about Northern Devon Railway Development Alliance's aspirations to link Bideford to Barnstaple. Listen here or download here.

13th March - E-Rail

E-Rail quotes Railfuture's Infrastructure & Networks Director Roger Blake on Land Value Capture, the pioneering financing model supporting delivery of the Northumberland Line.

10th March - Devon Live

"Major step forward in creation of new Devon rail link" - the third newspaper to pick up on our press release about the launch of the Northern Devon Railway Development Alliance.

5th March - North Devon Gazette

"North Devon railway alliance launched to restore historic rail link" - our press release about the inauguration of the Northern Devon Railway Development Alliance is picked up again.

3rd March - The Guardian

The Guardian is one of many media outlets to pick up on our press release about fare rises, including inews, The Independent, LBC, London Evening Standard, Sky News, GB News, The Mirror, and the Telegraph.

Railfuture spokesman Bruce Williamson is interviewed on Matthew Wright's show on LBC (listen here or download here), whilst Railfuture director Neil Middleton appears on its sister station LBC News (listen here or download here).

The next day, he is interviewed on the BBC Radio Berkshire breakfast show. Listen here or download here.

2nd March - Rail Advent

"New North Devon Railway Development Alliance is formed" - our press release about the inauguration of the Northern Devon Railway Development Alliance is picked up.

1st March - Chime Whistle Publishing

"Big plans for North Devon rail as The Northern Devon Railway Development Alliance is launched" - the first blogger to pick up on our press release.

1st March - Crediton Courier

"Northern Devon Railway Development Alliance launched to push for new rail link" - the first newspaper to pick up on our press release about the launch of the Northern Devon Railway Development Alliance, with the aim of securing a new rail link between Bideford and Barnstaple and upgrade of the North Devon (Tarka) Line between Exeter and Barnstaple.

16th February - Daily Mail

The Mail is one of many media outlets to pick up on our press release about LNER's fare structure change. Railfuture director Neil Middleton is quoted: 'The removal of the Super Off-Peak ticket is an awful move. Just the possibility or having to pay over £192 for a railway ticket to travel between King's Cross and Newcastle is enough to put you off travelling by train, possibly forever."

The story appears in the Telegraph, Express, Guardian, Independent, Mirror, GB News, MSN, Yahoo! and many others.

Neil is also interviewed on LBC News. Listen here or download here.

31th January - BBC Radio Sheffield

Yorkshire branch vice-chair Andrew Dyson is invited onto the breakfast show to discuss the impact of the latest rail strikes. Listen here or download here.

30th January - Sky news

Railfuture director Neil Middleton discusses fares, investment and the general state of the railway.


30th January - LBC

With yet another round of strikes taking place, Railfuture spokesman Bruce Williamson is invited onto the drive time programme to discuss the impact on the railway. Listen here or download here.

23rd January - City A.M.

"I’ll never take Eurostar again" is the headline of an article describing some of the problems that have affected cross-channel rail services. Railfuture director Jerry Alderson is quoted: "Management seems unable to cope with such problems, appearing to have no procedures in place to manage customers or their personal situation. Too many passengers encounter serious delays and a lack of support resulting in an ‘I’ll never take Eurostar again’ response. No business can afford this.”

17th January - Greatest Hits Radio

A frustrated commuter has used an FOI request to obtain data about the number and causes of delays on the GWML. Railfuture spokesman Bruce Williamson is quoted: "We know the industry is not doing it deliberately, they want to run a reliable railway as well, but in the real world things do go wrong, break down, people get sick, infrastructure crumbles there's weather-related incidents, there's all sorts of causes. I think any rail passenger who experiences delays or cancellations has a right to feel frustrated. We all want a railway that is reliable, that is affordable that works for passengers."

16th January - LBC News

LNER has simplified its ticketing in a two year experiment. Is this good news for passengers? Railfuture spokesman Bruce Williamson offers his thoughts. Listen here or download here.

12th January - Cambridge News

The paper prints an article on East Anglia branch's plans to reopen the Cambridge to Haverhill railway line.

The story is also picked up by the Cambridge Independent.




Click HERE for previous examples of Railfuture in the media.

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

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