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Party manifestos for rail

Author: Ian Brown CBE FCILT - Published At: Fri 29 of Nov, 2019 23:22 GMT - (1257 Reads)
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This is Railfuture’s guide to the 2019 election manifestos. Transport commitments are quoted verbatim in red italics. A commentary is provided in black, non-italics giving Railfuture’s position or observation on each. Our analysis includes other modes, both to illustrate emphasis but also to ascertain how changes to other modes may benefit railways, such as integrated travel. The most important issue to be tackled by the next government is to provide capacity for double the number of passengers, both to resolve the overcrowding (despite new trains) illustrated at Manchester and Euston, and to address climate change by modal shift from road to rail.

South East Rail Strategy

Author: Chris Page - Published At: Fri 08 of Nov, 2019 14:29 GMT - (780 Reads)
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Transport for the South East (TfSE) has recently published its draft transport strategy to achieve sustainable growth in the region. Railfuture invites your comments on how this objective should be achieved. Image by Sherlock Holmes Lending Solutions - Dollar Photo Club.

Multifranchise disservice

Author: Dennis Fancett - Published At: Sun 10 of Mar, 2019 12:29 GMT - (2303 Reads)
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In the first of a series focusing on individual topics raised by the Railfuture response to the Williams review, South East Northumberland Rail User Group (SENRUG) chair Dennis Fancett highlights the lack of a coordinated timetable on routes served by multiple train operators. Arriva Cross Country and East Coast (now LNER) trains at Newcastle Central - photo by Russel Wills reproduced under Creative Commons.

Williams Rail Review

Author: Ian Brown CBE FCILT - Published At: Fri 18 of Jan, 2019 13:43 GMT - (3959 Reads)
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Railfuture has submitted its initial response to the Williams Rail Review, with the theme of incentivising the rail industry to work efficiently on behalf of its customers. These passengers at Euston want to feel that the industry cares for them, and that disruption is a rarity rather than the norm. Photo Network Rail.

The 2018 Rail Review

Author: Ian Brown - Published At: Wed 31 of Oct, 2018 13:51 GMT - (3477 Reads)
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The Rail Review – what are the facts? A briefing by Ian Brown CBE FCILT, Railfuture Policy Director, on the Rail Review announced by Chris Grayling on 20 September 2018. Image: DfT.

UN Climate Change report

Author: Ian Brown - Published At: Wed 10 of Oct, 2018 21:12 BST - (2494 Reads)
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Briefing by Ian Brown CBE FCILT, Railfuture Policy Director, on the effects of climate change and the need for investment in rail to provide sustainable transport which will help to reduce climate change. Image by iStock.

Our brief to aspiring MPs

Author: Ian Brown CBE, Railfuture Policy Director - Published At: Sat 13 of May, 2017 19:03 BST - (4269 Reads)
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Railfuture wants a bigger better railway. The railways were built to create economic wealth, and our message to parliamentary candidates is that a continued high level of investment in rail is essential to promote economic growth. Passengers will start using the Crossrail tunnels under London in 2018, making their life easier - photo courtesy Crossrail Ltd.

Transport hustings

Author: Steve Wright - Published At: Mon 17 of Apr, 2017 19:49 BST - (3671 Reads)
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The West Midlands is desperately underfunded for transport - that was the overwhelming consensus of the mayoral candidates who met on Thursday 6th April 2017 to debate the region's transport needs. The five major parties were represented at a public debate organised by Railfuture and Friends of the Earth.

Putting passengers first

Author: Chris Page - Published At: Sun 04 of Dec, 2016 18:22 GMT - (5340 Reads)
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Following our letter of 18th July 2016 to the Transport Secretary, Railfuture were invited to a meeting with the Rail Minister, Paul Maynard MP, on Monday 28th November 2016.

Letter to Chris Grayling

Author: Chris Page - Published At: Mon 18 of Jul, 2016 09:58 BST - (5567 Reads)
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Railfuture has written an open letter to Chris Grayling, the new Secretary of State for Transport, welcoming him to his new role with our top ten recommendations for the future of rail.

Plane to train

Author: Ray King - Published At: Sun 11 of Jul, 2004 21:20 BST - (4141 Reads)
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The Government should do its best to switch travellers from planes to trains, says a think-tank.

Thomas house

Author: Ray King - Published At: Mon 03 of May, 2004 12:06 BST - (4303 Reads)
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A house which belonged to Thomas the Tank Engine author Wilbert Awdry is being sold for more than £600,000.

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