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Transport hustings

Author: Steve Wright - Published At: Mon 17 of Apr, 2017 19:49 BST - (245 Reads)
Lobbying
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.

New approach to Uckfield

Author: Chris Page - Published At: Wed 22 of Mar, 2017 18:36 GMT - (1320 Reads)
Campaigns
On 2 March 2017 the government published the long-awaited London and South Coast Rail Corridor study report. News headlines portrayed this as the death knell of a second main line to London, but in fact the study points the way forward for reopening between Uckfield and Lewes, and a new route between Stratford and East Croydon via Docklands. The diagram, taken from the report, shows the new approach recommended to justify re-opening Uckfield – Lewes.

Guarding passengers

Author: Ray King - Published At: Mon 13 of Mar, 2017 13:35 GMT - (4077 Reads)
Passengers
A personal view from Railfuture vice-president Peter Rayner.Photo: A crowded train at Gretna Green in August 2016.

Clearer not simpler fares

Author: Chris Page - Published At: Wed 22 of Feb, 2017 18:20 GMT - (934 Reads)
Campaigns
Radical fare changes proposed by the Rail Delivery Group risk reducing choice and flexibility for passengers. What is needed are clearly explained fares which offer choice, not simplistic ticketing which removes flexibility. In London, the adjacent termini of St Pancras and King’s Cross offer alternative routes to Sheffield, giving holders of ‘any permitted route’ tickets the flexibility to choose either.

Never-never railways

Author: Chris Page - Published At: Wed 28 of Dec, 2016 18:34 GMT - (3088 Reads)
Network
Investment in new rail infrastructure is essential to provide extra capacity to deal with increasing passenger numbers and promote economic growth. However Network Rail has maxed out its capacity and budget for rail enhancements because the lack of skilled and experienced rail engineers has driven up NR costs, so the government is looking for innovative ways to finance, resource and share risk on more new rail infrastructure projects than Network Rail can handle. The government has given East West Rail the green light, whilst two other potential privately-financed projects, Heathrow Southern Railway and London and Southern Counties Railway, are also vying for government attention.

Fixing Network Rail

Author: Chris Page - Published At: Mon 05 of Dec, 2016 18:27 GMT - (1868 Reads)
Network
Britain needs to invest in its transport infrastructure to promote economic growth, but further electrification delays show that Network Rail does not have the capability to deliver its expansion programme in the timescale needed. Railfuture analyses the cause of the problems at Network Rail and suggests a way forward.

Putting passengers first

Author: Chris Page - Published At: Sun 04 of Dec, 2016 18:22 GMT - (1843 Reads)
Lobbying
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.

Investing for growth

Author: Chris Page - Published At: Wed 16 of Nov, 2016 00:17 GMT - (3611 Reads)
Campaigns
Railfuture urges the Chancellor of the Exchequer to commit the government in next week’s Autumn Statement to a long-term investment programme which will:
  • deliver improved connectivity for London’s growing economic hub in Docklands and for the UK’s second largest airport at Gatwick, and
  • meet continually growing travel demand between London, Gatwick and the south coast.

Tide turns for Waterside

Author: Tony Smale - Published At: Sun 13 of Nov, 2016 19:21 GMT - (3569 Reads)
Campaigns
The future of the Waterside Line in the South of England is once again under the spotlight, as freight traffic to Fawley refinery ceases and the Hythe ferry comes under renewed threat of closure. Photo: Marchwood station

The case for Ashington

Author: Dennis Fancett - Published At: Fri 14 of Oct, 2016 14:54 BST - (2839 Reads)
Campaigns
Railfuture affiliated local group SENRUG (The South East Northumberland Rail User Group) are leading the campaign to re-introduce passenger services on the Ashington, Blyth and Tyne route which is a working freight line. On 11th October 2016 Northumberland County Council agreed to proceed to GRIP 3, setting out an ambitious timescale and saying trains could be running by early 2021.

Resistance to change

Author: Chris Page - Published At: Mon 10 of Oct, 2016 12:54 BST - (2680 Reads)
Miscellany
In October 2016 a plaque commemorating Asquith Xavier, an accidental campaigner who overturned a colour bar at Euston 50 years ago, was unveiled at Euston station by his family.

InterRail - way to go!

Author: Nigel Perkins and Don Payne - Published At: Mon 10 of Oct, 2016 10:21 BST - (1375 Reads)
International
InterRail just got better this year – could it be even better in 2017 to celebrate its 45th anniversary? Photo: U-Bahn station, by Nigel Perkins.

HS1 lessons for HS2

Author: Chris Page and Ian Brown - Published At: Tue 04 of Oct, 2016 10:43 BST - (1803 Reads)
Network
There were many objections to HS1 when it was being planned, but it now carries 80% of London – Paris travellers, whilst domestic HS1 services are full and standing during peak hours. The success of HS1 has lessons for HS2, on which construction is planned to start in 2017. Javelin domestic HS1 train at St Pancras - photo reproduced under Creative Commons.

Borders Railway failings

Author: Jerry Alderson (Source: David Spaven) - Published At: Fri 23 of Sep, 2016 19:15 BST - (1992 Reads)
Scotland
Railfuture had campaigned for decades for the Borders Railway (or at least part of it) to be rebuilt. It was not alone. The reopening was a popular campaign, supported by many, including David Spaven who is a consultant and writer on railways. Very welcome as the half-hourly service is, there have been foreseeable problems with the service and Mr Spaven described these in an article published in The Scotsman on 5 September 2016. All photos by Jerry Alderson.

On-train ticket sales

Author: Jerry Alderson (Research by Phil Smart) - Published At: Thu 22 of Sep, 2016 17:08 BST - (1435 Reads)
Passengers
Where there is no ticket machine or station staff selling tickets passengers should be able to buy any ticket or group of tickets they require from on-board staff. Railfuture believes it is unacceptable for a passenger to regularly have to queue up at their destination to buy a ticket a ticket, yet it happens all too often. Photo: Phil Smart

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