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Britain back into rail

Author: Jerry Alderson - Published At: Thu 08 of Aug, 2019 16:40 BST - (656 Reads)
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On Wednesday 7 August 2019 Britain’s Rail Delivery Group (RDG) announced that it would be withdrawing from membership of the highly-valued and long-standing Interrail Europe-wide rail passes for European residents, along with the Eurail equivalent for non-European residents. Protests were loud and clear, many on Twitter. A day later the RDG backed down. Railfuture looks at what happened and why.

Ticket gateline furore

Author: Tony Smale - Published At: Mon 07 of Jan, 2019 13:49 GMT - (2209 Reads)
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New ticket gates cause a furore in Portsmouth. Portsmouth Harbour gateline: pass down to the end and turn left to access the ferry terminal.

Impossible timetables

Author: Toby Hart - Published At: Sun 26 of Aug, 2018 19:43 BST - (3271 Reads)
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Toby Hart was a Network Rail train planner based at Leeds. This letter is his submission to the Rail Delivery Group and the Office of Rail and Road inquiry into the disruption following the May 2018 timetable changes. It backs up Railfuture’s contention that Network Rail’s reorganisation of the timetable planning function to reduce costs (at DfT’s direction) and centralise at Milton Keynes contributed to the failure of the timetable through a loss of expertise and insufficient iterations of the timetable process to resolve conflicts in the proposed timetable. Image: Official TfGM Twitter announcement on 19 May 2018.

Murder on the Thameslink - Northern Express

Author: Ian Brown CBE FCILT  - Published At: Tue 10 of Jul, 2018 22:13 BST - (4679 Reads)
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Railfuture briefing by Ian Brown, Railfuture Policy Director, on the December timetable ‘cutbacks’ announced by the Rail Delivery Group today, 10 July 2018. Image by About Manchester

Timetable trauma

Author: Chris Page - Published At: Sun 03 of Jun, 2018 15:11 BST - (3071 Reads)
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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 - (2238 Reads)
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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!

Woodhead spurned

Author: Ray King - Published At: Wed 07 of Mar, 2018 14:03 GMT - (5882 Reads)
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This picture is the image chosen by Transport for the North to illustrate its Long Term Rail Strategy. Is it fantasy or reality?

Fixing our creaking railways

Author: Ian Brown and Chris Austin - Published At: Sun 03 of Dec, 2017 00:09 GMT - (2810 Reads)
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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.

Best Station Cafe

Author: Nina Smith - Published At: Thu 28 of Sep, 2017 14:36 BST - (3817 Reads)
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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.

Guarding passengers

Author: Ray King - Published At: Mon 13 of Mar, 2017 13:35 GMT - (7704 Reads)
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A personal view from Railfuture vice-president Peter Rayner.Photo: A crowded train at Gretna Green in August 2016.
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