Mountain of ideas

Author: Jerry Alderson - Published At: Tue 26 of Jan, 2016 19:17 GMT - (4938 Reads)
Railfuture campaigns for a bigger and better railway in Britain – one that is modern, innovative, welcoming and meets the growing expectations of passengers. There are a mountain of ideas that can be emulated from railways around the world. Salzburg provides a good starting point.

Sent to Coventry

Author: Jerry Alderson - Published At: Sun 24 of Jan, 2016 19:43 GMT - (4217 Reads)
Ever wanted to send someone to Coventry? Well, the railway can certainly help you do that. The city is served by fast frequent trains. But supposing you wanted to send them to Coventry Arena? Well, that’s a different matter - unless you are using German (left) or Austrian (right) apps and sites because they know precisely where the stations are, as the map on their apps proves.

White NUCKLE ride

Author: Michael Tombs - Published At: Mon 18 of Jan, 2016 23:50 GMT - (5597 Reads)
Two new stations, Coventry Arena and Bermuda Park, opened today as the first step in the NUCKLE programe, which has been a white knuckle ride in railway planning. The line between Coventry and Nuneaton has been nicknamed the Bermuda Triangle line because trains will disappear when a match at the Ricoh Arena finishes.

Southern orange

Author: Chris Page - Published At: Thu 14 of Jan, 2016 01:00 GMT - (3004 Reads)
Turning South London Orange – a report published by Centre for London today recommends reforming suburban rail to support London’s next wave of growth.

New Year, better railway

Author: Jerry Alderson - Published At: Fri 01 of Jan, 2016 15:05 GMT - (4405 Reads)
Railfuture looks forward to a lot of rail schemes coming to fruition in 2016 along with progress on longer-term schemes such as CrossRail, Thameslink and electrification. However, it’s important not to forget about the small things that improves the passenger experience. Railfuture has a wish list for those items too.

Nine days rail surge

Author: Jerry Alderson - Published At: Sat 26 of Dec, 2015 18:06 GMT - (3511 Reads)
In a nine-day period in December 2015 passengers benefited from the opening of two tram extensions (the above photo shows the Midland Metro leaving Bull Street for Wolverhampton - by Ian Brown), two brand new stations, a relocated and much-improved station plus the resumption of train services through a re-bored and much larger tunnel allowing faster journeys and future electrification. It’s not a bad way to end 2015 – a year that also saw the longest ever rail reopening – and hopefully a sign of further progress in 2016.)

Tube usage hits record

Author: Jerry Alderson - Published At: Thu 24 of Dec, 2015 17:26 GMT - (3769 Reads)
Annual passenger numbers on the London Underground grow each year and in December 2015 it had its busiest-ever day carrying 4.821 million passengers. Is the under-pressure system capable of carrying more, and if so, how? (Photo montage shows a new entrance at King’s Cross, Northfields station on a Sunday afternoon, interior of a Central Line carriage, passenger flow control around lifts at Heathrow Airport.)

Passenger growth future?

Author: Jerry Alderson - Published At: Wed 23 of Dec, 2015 17:24 GMT - (4127 Reads)
Britain’s railway has seen a massive growth in the number of passenger journeys over the last 20 years. There are various reasons for this unexpected and unprecedented resurgence. However, looking at the graphic from the Shaw Report (interim) published in November 2015, one might ask how this has been possible without a corresponding increase in capacity.

Northern + TPE franchises

Author: Chris Hyomes - Published At: Wed 09 of Dec, 2015 23:31 GMT - (4168 Reads)

PASSENGERS were promised a transformation in their journeys today as the winning companies to run Northern rail services were announced.

EU looks at transport

Author: Jerry Alderson (based on a report by Nigel Perkins) - Published At: Fri 27 of Nov, 2015 19:21 GMT - (3076 Reads)
The European Union has influenced Britain’s railway for more than two years. Some Railfuture members recently sat in on transport discussions at the European Parliament in Brussels (photo shows Parliament building, left, and the entrance to the adjacent Luxembourg railway station on the right).

RUG Award winners 2015

Author: Roger Blake - Published At: Sun 15 of Nov, 2015 19:08 GMT - (4902 Reads)
On behalf of Railfuture Scotland, Allison Cosgrove received the Judges Special Award from Railfuture President Christian Wolmar in recognition of all who contributed to the campaign to reopen the Borders Railway.

Passenger priorities

Author: Jerry Alderson - Published At: Tue 10 of Nov, 2015 17:53 GMT - (3330 Reads)
Rail passengers have increasing expectations and we all need them to be satisfied if the railway is to continue to grow and take an increasing market share. So, what matters to them? This photo montage may give some ideas.

Passenger frustration

Author: Jerry Alderson - Published At: Mon 09 of Nov, 2015 20:37 GMT - (3600 Reads)
The Woodlesford Train Users Action Group has been formed by disgruntled passengers fed up with overcrowding and late trains after being told that no improvement was on the horizon.

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