Oxford Parkway opens

Author: Richard Stow - Published At: Thu 29 of Oct, 2015 20:46 GMT - (4643 Reads)
Railfuture members were out in force on Monday to celebrate the official opening of the first new main line between two English cities since 1899, the first new station in Oxfordshire for 70 years, and the first step in reinstating rail services between Oxford and Cambridge.

London-south coast study

Author: Chris Page and Roger Blake - Published At: Tue 20 of Oct, 2015 19:36 BST - (6056 Reads)
The DfT took the opportunity of the official opening of the Thameslink traincare depot at Three Bridges last week to publish the Terms of Reference for the London and South Coast Rail Corridor Study, which will review the demand for rail travel and proposed rail schemes in the area between London and the South Coast. Keymer Junction (pictured) is the key constraint on the Brighton Main Line south of Three Bridges; Network Rail proposes quadruple track and a dive-under junction here to boost capacity. Alongside this study, local authorities must quantify the economic growth benefits which rail investment in the area would generate.

Accessible travel

Author: Ian Brown (edited and photos provided by Jerry Alderson) - Published At: Fri 16 of Oct, 2015 21:11 BST - (3962 Reads)
Railfuture champions rail passengers and campaigns for a bigger and better railway that is fit for purpose and provides a good passenger experience. A railway that is accessible to everyone is vital but British railway industry standards can be over the top adding millions to the cost of opening or enhancing stations as the ramps at Honeybourne (photo above) show, yet still fail to provide truly accessible travel. This article also looks at how accessibiilty is supported in other countries.

Standing room only

Author: Norman Bradbury and Chris Page - Published At: Thu 15 of Oct, 2015 11:24 BST - (7991 Reads)
Today Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport, formally opened the new depot at Three Bridges and launched the new Class 700 Thameslink fleet which will be maintained there. Whilst the new journey opportunities that will be created by Thameslink are welcome, the design of the new trains highlights the need for more infrastructure capacity between East Croydon and London Bridge.

Bexhill Hastings biz case

Author: Roger Blake - Published At: Fri 09 of Oct, 2015 11:11 BST - (4080 Reads)
The Hastings Rother Taskforce presented the economic case for running high speed rail services to Rye, Hastings and Bexhill to a stakeholder group, including Railfuture, in Bexhill today.

Robin Hood Enterprise

Author: David Harby - Published At: Mon 21 of Sep, 2015 18:04 BST - (5112 Reads)
Good news for Railfuture's aspiration to see Robin Hood Line services extended through Warsop and Edwinstowe to Ollerton, to serve proposed business parks on the site of the now-closed Thoresby Colliery near Edwinstowe, and Center Parcs near Ollerton.

Eurostar snapshot survey

Author: Jerry Alderson - Published At: Sat 19 of Sep, 2015 18:59 BST - (4044 Reads)
Railfuture has published a Snapshot Survey of Eurostar based on the opinions of passengers over a 12-month period. Railfuture has actively promoted the Eurostar services and the environmentally friendly journey opportunities they have offered. This article comments on some of the results and how the service has changed.

Euston Express

Author: Chris Page - Published At: Thu 17 of Sep, 2015 11:02 BST - (5727 Reads)
HS2 Limited have recently published their fourth attempt at a plan for Euston station, with an increased cost, massive property demolition and more disruption over a longer timescale. However there is an alternative - Euston Express would provide the necessary capacity sooner whilst costing £1.5Bn to £2Bn less and avoiding significant disruption. (Image DfT.)

Rail Industry Economics

Author: Norman Bradbury - Published At: Wed 09 of Sep, 2015 19:21 BST - (2408 Reads)
The financial performance of the national rail industry continues to improve, helped by ongoing growth in passenger volume, as shown by the crowds flooding off the first off-peak trains of the day at Waterloo.
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