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Updating train passengers

Author: Jerry Alderson - Published At: Fri 10 of Jun, 2016 20:56 BST - (2987 Reads)
The worst passenger experience is surely when there is a complete lack of information and they have no idea what is happening. This is a frequent complaint that Railfuture hears from passengers and passes on to train operator management. It is pleasing when operators such as Eurostar, which has faced lots of criticism in the past (including from Railfuture), seems to be rectifying its failings - and it is not alone. The graphic above shows how Eurostar made good use of Twitter to inform passengers of severe delays to a service and the options available but was it at the expense of face-to-face communications?

Metro reaches New Street

Author: Michael Tombs - Published At: Fri 03 of Jun, 2016 19:28 BST - (3099 Reads)
Light Rail
As a proud Brummie, Railfuture member Michael Tombs has always been disappointed to see the city lagging behind others in the country in terms of transport planning. However, Monday 30th May 2016 was a rare occasion to hang out the bunting, to collect the promotional ‘goodie bag’, and celebrate the long awaited trams, much delayed, running to New Street station – better late than never!? Photo: New CAF-built tram leaves New Street station for Wolverhampton.

Prague compared

Author: Jerry Alderson - Published At: Sun 22 of May, 2016 21:40 BST - (4937 Reads)
International
Prague has a reputation as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe (even if graffiti appears to be everywhere) but arriving in Prague on a long-distance train doesn’t give a good first impression of the Czech Republic’s capital city, especially if doing so at night. The above photo shows the view on a very dimly-lit platform.

Washington DC compared

Author: Ian Brown - Published At: Tue 03 of May, 2016 21:34 BST - (6172 Reads)
International
Washington DC has a developing network of Metro routes and suburban and long distance rail routes. Railfuture’s Policy Director, Ian Brown CBE spent a week working in Washington in April and took the opportunity to examine the Metro network, visit Washington Union main line station also travel on the two suburban rail systems as well as Amtrak’s Regional main line service to New York.
Photo: Restored glory in the form of the concourse at Washington Union station. The station serves as a hub for long distance and commuter services serving the City with good interchange on to the Washington Metro.

Cambridge North progress

Author: Peter Wakefield - Published At: Thu 14 of Apr, 2016 17:26 BST - (7554 Reads)
Network
Cambridge North station is well underway to completion. It is due to open in May 2017.
Photos courtesy Network Rail

Moscow compared

Author: Ian Brown - Published At: Wed 06 of Apr, 2016 17:50 BST - (6807 Reads)
International
Moscow is served by a huge system of long distance and suburban rail, an efficient Metro and tram system. Railfuture’s Policy Director, Ian Brown CBE, gives his impressions of using the system over a few days in April 2016 and visiting four of the main line stations.
Photo: Best practice station design. Many Moscow metro stations are extremely ornate. Here is an example of one which is not but shows best practice in terms of station design. Total access to the length of the train. No clutter. Escalators at each end.

East-West double boost

Author: Phil Smart - Published At: Tue 05 of Apr, 2016 16:09 BST - (5245 Reads)
Campaigns
Phil Smart, a member of Railfuture and a councillor on Ipswich Borough Council (one of the founders of the ‘East-West Rail Consortium’ of local authorities) welcomes the announcement by Network Rail of the preferred corridor for the East West Rail Central Section, and the support of the National Infrastructure Commission. Photo: the new Addenbrookes station site, the only common point on the various route options.

Blue sky over Wight

Author: Chris Page - Published At: Mon 21 of Mar, 2016 12:17 GMT - (4454 Reads)
Passengers
Written on a bright sunny day on the island, this article does not pretend to provide the answer for Island Line; rather it aims to stimulate the political discussion, economic analysis, commercial negotiation and technical investigation necessary to achieve a sustainable long-term solution. T69 tram recently withdrawn by Midland Metro, suggested in the Garnett report for the Isle of Wight – photo by Joshua Brown reproduced under Creative Commons

Garnett on Wight

Author: Stuart George - Published At: Fri 11 of Mar, 2016 12:08 GMT - (4433 Reads)
Network
Stuart George, chairman of the IW Bus & Rail Users’ Group and a Railfuture member living on the Isle of Wight, reviews the report by Christopher Garnett on the future of the Island Line.

That Riviera Touch

Author: Michael Tombs - Published At: Tue 01 of Mar, 2016 18:14 GMT - (3679 Reads)
Passengers
The Nuckle saga contines to roll on but this time in a much more positive mode.

Celebrating a campaigner

Author: David Harby - Published At: Wed 24 of Feb, 2016 16:42 GMT - (3414 Reads)
Miscellany
A bench, presented by Railfuture, and inscribed in the memory of Brian James Hastings was unveiled at Crowle station on 23rd February.

Delay repay losers

Author: Jerry Alderson - Published At: Fri 12 of Feb, 2016 20:42 GMT - (6288 Reads)
Britain is perceived to have high rail fares in comparison to other European countries. However, the entire package needs to be considered and few people appreciate some of the ’freebies’ that the fare buys, including a generous refund policy when trains are delayed. Unfortunately some people have abused this – fraudulently – for financial gain, as a news article in the London Evening Standard showed on 11th February 2016 (see photo and headline above).

20 years going in circles?

Author: Jerry Alderson - Published At: Fri 05 of Feb, 2016 21:33 GMT - (4752 Reads)
On 4th February 1996 the most noticeable change arising from privatisation of Britain’s railway was the start of services by South West Trains, the first private company to carry passengers since 1948.The photo above, by Andrew Butcher and taken from Wikipedia, shows a British Rail Class 444 approaching Clapham Junction railway station

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