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Impossible timetables

Author: Toby Hart - Published At: Sun 26 of Aug, 2018 19:43 BST - (1201 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 - (2121 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

Franchise failure?

Author: Jerry Alderson - Published At: Thu 28 of Jun, 2018 08:25 BST - (1127 Reads)
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In the last 11 years passengers travelling between London and York, Leeds, Newcastle and Edinburgh have been carried by five different train operators as the above image shows. Virgin Trains East Coast was the third east coast mainline intercity franchised train operator to “fail” in that time. On 24 June 2018 the government replaced it with an outsourced operator under its control. The question for the government, rail industry, staff and, most importantly, passengers, is can a fourth be prevented? Photo montage of tweets and logos by Jerry Alderson

Help to find a seat

Author: Jisun Kim - Published At: Wed 27 of Jun, 2018 19:06 BST - (576 Reads)
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Help us design an App to reduce passenger crowding on trains - fill in our survey to let us know what information you need to find empty carriages.

Timetable trauma

Author: Chris Page - Published At: Sun 03 of Jun, 2018 15:11 BST - (1901 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 - (865 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 - (2721 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 - (1827 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 - (2593 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 - (6752 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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