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Timetable trauma

Author: Chris Page - Published At: Sun 03 of Jun, 2018 15:11 BST - (1270 Reads)
Passengers
In his letter to local MPs Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has thrown Network Rail, Govia Thameslink and Northern Rail under the bus, but how much responsibility should the DfT bear for the excessive cancellations and delays following the introduction of new timetables? Photo by James Chespy.

Fare value and choice

Author: Chris Page - Published At: Tue 29 of May, 2018 19:26 BST - (521 Reads)
Passengers
Some people are deterred from travelling by train by the complexity of buying a ticket and the perception that fares are expensive, whilst some passengers are unclear whether they have the best deal so feel ripped off. Image: Play the ticket maze game to reach the Oyster!

Market-led proposals

Author: Chris Page - Published At: Sat 19 of May, 2018 13:08 BST - (1218 Reads)
Network
The invitation by the Department of Transport on 20th March 2018 for investors to invest in rail infrastructure ‘made it real’ for the promoters of privately financed lines such as Heathrow Southern Railway and London & Southern Counties Railways.
Image: Service opportunities, by Heathrow Southern Railway.

Rail reopening fund

Author: Chris Page - Published At: Mon 14 of May, 2018 20:05 BST - (4736 Reads)
Campaigns
Railfuture have linked with Campaign for Better Transport to deliver a letter to the Department of Transport calling for a Network Development Fund to pay for project development of realistic proposals for new and reopened stations and lines with the best projects joining a pool of national projects to be taken to full development and implementation. Photo: Railfuture media spokesman Bruce Williamson at the Department for Transport with the letter to hand in.

The Nuckle saga – déjà vu

Author: Michael Tombs - Published At: Wed 02 of May, 2018 20:32 BST - (615 Reads)
Network
After 6 different opening dates, the new service at Kenilworth station finally started on 30 April – good news for frustrated Kenilworth residents at last. However the delays and cost overrun does raise the question of whether local authorities are yet equipped to manage rail development projects.

Curzon Street disconnected

Author: Phil Bennion - Published At: Fri 30 of Mar, 2018 19:33 BST - (1476 Reads)
Network
HS2 must be integrated with local transport networks, otherwise congestion, not economic growth, will be generated. However in Birmingham, the HS2 terminus at Curzon Street will be remote from local rail services, even though they run alongside. Phil Bennion, a past MEP for the West Midlands, has a solution. Image: Curzon Street station between existing rail line and new development area.

Riding sunbeams

Author: Chris Page - Published At: Mon 12 of Mar, 2018 16:57 GMT - (1109 Reads)
Network
10:10, the climate change charity, is working with the Energy Futures Lab at Imperial College, London, to develop a viable solution for solar-powered railways. The graphic by 10:10 Climate Action illustrates the principle. It is ironic that the artist has depicted a diesel unit but we like the picture so used it anyway.

Wisbech half-hourly

Author: Peter Wakefield - Published At: Sun 11 of Mar, 2018 23:49 GMT - (1288 Reads)
Campaigns
Railfuture has joined together with local people, rail planning experts and influential local business leaders to progress Wisbechrail through a new group they have set up called the Wisbech Consultative Group. This will harness peoples’ ideas about where the station should be, what facilities it should have and other issues to do with a new train service.

Woodhead spurned

Author: Ray King - Published At: Wed 07 of Mar, 2018 14:03 GMT - (2087 Reads)
Passengers
This picture is the image chosen by Transport for the North to illustrate its Long Term Rail Strategy. Is it fantasy or reality?

Railworker fatigue survey

Author: Lorna Brock - Published At: Mon 05 of Mar, 2018 19:22 GMT - (846 Reads)
Miscellany
A UK rail employee survey to explore the relationship between self-reported fatigue levels and characteristics of influential risk factors of workload, sleep quality and daily life events.

HS2 connectivity

Author: Chris Page - Published At: Fri 02 of Mar, 2018 16:53 GMT - (1064 Reads)
Network
HS2 will create massive extra rail capacity, but unless it is integrated with local transport networks to create connectivity with city centres and their surrounding city regions, congestion not economic growth will result. Image: proposed colocation of HS2 platforms and existing city centre station at Leeds.

Milan compared

Author: Ian Brown - Published At: Sun 07 of Jan, 2018 16:47 GMT - (1314 Reads)
International
A modern Trenord low platform double deck accessible train. The picture was taken at Come Ferro Nord station. Staffed with a waiting room, toilets and a really nice snack bar. Photos by Ian Brown CBE, Chair European Passenger Group.

Fixing our creaking railways

Author: Ian Brown and Chris Austin - Published At: Sun 03 of Dec, 2017 00:09 GMT - (1637 Reads)
Passengers
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.

New Swansea Bay metro?

Author: Julian Langston - Published At: Mon 06 of Nov, 2017 13:23 GMT - (2675 Reads)
Wales
A revolutionary idea for a metro linking Swansea with its surrounding towns has been unveiled by Professor Mark Barry of Cardiff University. New lines and stations could make new rail services possible, supported by buses feeding in at stations like Llanelli and Gowerton.

Best Station Cafe

Author: Nina Smith - Published At: Thu 28 of Sep, 2017 14:36 BST - (2286 Reads)
Passengers
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.

South Wales Metro

Author: Peter Kingsbury - Published At: Thu 28 of Sep, 2017 11:33 BST - (4380 Reads)
Wales
The Welsh Government is seeking visionary proposals for a South Wales Metro from bidders for the Wales and Borders rail franchise. The new operator is expected to also take responsibility for the infrastructure on the core Valley Lines, on which services may no longer use pure diesel traction. The map shows the integrated services for which the operator may take responsibility, which may be provided by rail, light rail or bus.
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