Railfuture welcomes government's announcement of funding for Reversing Beeching, but £500m will only be enough to reopen about 25 miles of railway at typical Network Rail costs. Therefore this funding should be used at least in part as seed capital to prove the viability of potential schemes and draw in more funding from elsewhere, so that a pipeline of projects can be established. To utilise that funding efficiently, a streamlined approval and implementation process is required, not constrained by current Network Rail procedures. Our prime recommendations for missing links to be reopened include: Ashington Blyth & Tyne, Wisbech, Skelmersdale, Cowley, St. Andrews, Uckfield-Lewes, Skipton-Colne. Funding for Hoo, Levenmouth, East-West Rail, Portishead had already been announced. SENRUG Charter 2008 at Bedlington on the Ashington Blyth and Tyne route. Photo by John Brierley.
Easier fares for all’ proposal released on 18 February 2019 has taken on board all the key points on fares and ticketing that Railfuture has been campaigning for - clearly explained, value for money fares and tickets which offer a choice of flexibility in time and routes to allow passengers to make an informed decision, and smart ticketing which benefits the passenger.
Severnside branch and Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways have campaigned since 2007 to get four tracks reinstated between Dr. Day’s Junction and Filton Abbey Wood, part of the main line from South West England to Birmingham and South Wales. The 3½ mile section was reduced to two tracks in 1984 and has become a serious bottleneck as Cross Country, regional and local train services have increased in frequency. Four tracking was essential for the MetroWest project to expand Bristol’s rail network. Both this and the Kemble-Swindon upgrade will give the West’s rail system greater operational flexibility. Work was completed on 3 December 2018, including a fourth platform at Filton Abbey Wood.
Chris Grayling stated that the lower CPI not RPI could be used to calculate future ticket price rises, and called for the rail industry to contain its costs so there is no additional burden on taxpayers - just what Railfuture have been campaigning for. Photo itv.com
announcement by the Rail Delivery Group that rail industry jargon such as 'Any Permitted Route' and 'London Terminals' has been removed from tickets, making tickets easier for passengers to understand.
Railfuture in the news: the press and media often seek our opinion as well as reporting our successes.
centre spread of our Annual Review for the successes scored by our branches in 2017.
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