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Railworker fatigue survey

Author: Lorna Brock - Published At: Mon 05 of Mar, 2018 19:22 GMT - (1091 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 - (1307 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 - (1512 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 - (1827 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 - (3131 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 - (2593 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 - (4881 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.

Subtle sound of silence

Author: Jerry Alderson - Published At: Mon 25 of Sep, 2017 13:21 BST - (2296 Reads)
Railfuture is pro-rail rather than being anti-road. However, many imagine what life might be like if roads did not dominate people’s lives as they currently do. Whilst on a business trip to Brussels, Jerry Alderson had a chance to experience what a world with far fewer cars would feel like and how the public might make use of their new freedom to walk, cycle and play in relative safety. All photos by the author.

Why wiring went wrong

Author: Jerry Alderson (Source: Phil Smart) - Published At: Sat 09 of Sep, 2017 20:40 BST - (2996 Reads)
Network
Railfuture has long campaigned for much of Britain’s railway to be electrified, not as an end in itself but because of the benefits it can bring to passengers (and also freight users). Electrification fell out of favour in the early 1990s but came back around 2009 partly thanks to the lobbying of Railfuture’s distinguished Vice President Adrian Shooter. However, Network Rail’s inability to deliver the government’s challenging programme of electrification, not least because vital skills and experience including project management had been lost, is a major set-back. Electrifying the Gospel Oak to Barking line has been a Railfuture aspiration for a long time. Pictured above is a stanchion minus overhead wires at South Tottenham station on the GOBLIN line, where the electrification work overran. Photo by Jerry Alderson.

Why electrify?

Author: Chris Page - Published At: Thu 31 of Aug, 2017 18:58 BST - (2966 Reads)
Network
On 20 July 2017, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling shocked rail campaigners and stakeholders by announcing that planned electrification of the Midland Main Line north of Kettering, the Great Western Main Line west of Cardiff, and Oxenholme to Windermere is cancelled. Photo Network Rail.

Crossing Europe by train

Author: Bernard Marriott. Editing/additional material Jerry Alderson - Published At: Tue 15 of Aug, 2017 08:58 BST - (1640 Reads)
In spring 2017 a group of Railfuture members travelled by rail across Europe to Innsbruck in Austria. Their experience showed how easy and enjoyable rail travel can be, allowing tourists to visit several countries in one holiday, unlike many who rely upon airlines. It is noticeable how other countries have heavily invested in their railway to support tourism, which is more concerned with views from the window, comfort and ambience: characteristics not seen as a priority on enough of Britain’s railway. Top two photos by Colin Milsom. Salzburger FestungsBahn (bottom left) is a publicity photo. Bottom right photo, showing Salzburg trolley bus wires and fortress in the background, and all other photos in article by Jerry Alderson.

Levenmouth Rail Campaign

Author: Allen Armstrong - Published At: Sun 13 of Aug, 2017 17:50 BST - (2987 Reads)
Scotland
Allen Armstrong, secretary of the Levenmouth Rail Campaign, explains why reopening the Thornton to Leven rail line is essential to improve the life opportunities of the local population. Campaign activists presented a 12,500 signature petition demanding the reinstatement of rail services to Transport Minister Humza Yousaf on 1st June 2017 outside the Scottish parliament, witnessed by MSPs of all parties.

Expanding the Railways

Author: Chris Austin and Chris Page - Published At: Wed 05 of Jul, 2017 18:34 BST - (5070 Reads)
Network
This new guide was launched today. ‘Expanding the Railways’ will help local authorities, developers and communities develop plans for adding new stations and lines to the network.

Southern could be buzzin'

Author: Chris Page - Published At: Sun 25 of Jun, 2017 19:11 BST - (3868 Reads)
Campaigns
Chris Gibb’s independent report to the DfT on how the performance of the Govia Thameslink Railway franchise might be improved was published on 23 June 2017. Its recommendations include proposals that Railfuture already campaigns for, such as electrifying the Uckfield line. If these are implemented, then passengers could see an unprecedented improvement in rail services. This diagram, taken from the report, depicts the Southern system. At its heart are the passengers, who depend on all the other elements in the diagram for their train service. The light blue elements are the key ingredients that make the system work; the relationship between them is critical.
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