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Go and Compare Athens

Author: Ian Brown CBE - Published At: Mon 17 of Dec, 2018 16:16 GMT - (3340 Reads)
International
Athens is a great city to visit and travel around. Despite the debt crisis but stimulated earlier by the 2004 Olympics the city has an excellent transport system with innovation precipitated by the lack of finance. We can learn from this for the Rail Review. The Athens card is all mode and comes as a contactless ticket for single journeys and day tickets and longer periods. Note the pictogram of modes available and the Metro showing at a lower level. It includes bike parking.

Tram-train open for traffic

Author: Andrew Dyson - Published At: Fri 07 of Dec, 2018 13:39 GMT - (2710 Reads)
Light Rail
The new tram-train service between Sheffield and Rotherham opened to passengers on 25 October 2018. Cathedral-bound tram-train 201 pauses to change from train-mode to tram-mode on the new Tinsley chord. The former Great Central line from Woodburn Junction to Rotherham Central can be seen in the background - photo by Robert Pritchard.

The 2018 Rail Review

Author: Ian Brown - Published At: Wed 31 of Oct, 2018 13:51 GMT - (3307 Reads)
Lobbying
The Rail Review – what are the facts? A briefing by Ian Brown CBE FCILT, Railfuture Policy Director, on the Rail Review announced by Chris Grayling on 20 September 2018. Image: DfT.

UN Climate Change report

Author: Ian Brown - Published At: Wed 10 of Oct, 2018 21:12 BST - (2376 Reads)
Lobbying
Briefing by Ian Brown CBE FCILT, Railfuture Policy Director, on the effects of climate change and the need for investment in rail to provide sustainable transport which will help to reduce climate change. Image by iStock.

Impossible timetables

Author: Toby Hart - Published At: Sun 26 of Aug, 2018 19:43 BST - (3341 Reads)
Passengers
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.

Next step forward on EWR

Author: Ray King - Published At: Sat 28 of Jul, 2018 22:11 BST - (3455 Reads)
Campaigns
The next major step in restoring rail links between Oxford and Cambridge was taken this week (27 July 2018) when Network Rail applied for legal permission to rebuild a railway across central England.

Murder on the Thameslink - Northern Express

Author: Ian Brown CBE FCILT  - Published At: Tue 10 of Jul, 2018 22:13 BST - (4772 Reads)
Passengers
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

Wales and Borders award

Author: Peter Kingsbury - Published At: Wed 27 of Jun, 2018 22:25 BST - (3007 Reads)
Wales
Power to award rail franchises in Wales was devolved to the Welsh Government in 2017. This power has been used for the first time to award the Wales and Borders passenger franchise to Keolis and partner Amey to operate the franchise from October 2018 to 2033. New Stadler tram-train to be procured for South Wales Metro, including street running to a new station named ‘Flourish’ in Cardiff Bay – image from Transport for Wales presentation.

Timetable trauma

Author: Chris Page - Published At: Sun 03 of Jun, 2018 15:11 BST - (3146 Reads)
Passengers
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 - (2313 Reads)
Passengers
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!

Market-led proposals

Author: Chris Page - Published At: Sat 19 of May, 2018 13:08 BST - (3691 Reads)
Network
The invitation by the Department of Transport on 20th March 2018 for investors to invest in rail infrastructure ‘made it real’ for the promoters of privately financed lines such as Heathrow Southern Railway and London & Southern Counties Railways.
Image: Service opportunities, by Heathrow Southern Railway.

Rail reopening fund

Author: Chris Page - Published At: Mon 14 of May, 2018 20:05 BST - (6870 Reads)
Campaigns
Railfuture have linked with Campaign for Better Transport to deliver a letter to the Department of Transport calling for a Network Development Fund to pay for project development of realistic proposals for new and reopened stations and lines with the best projects joining a pool of national projects to be taken to full development and implementation. Photo: Railfuture media spokesman Bruce Williamson at the Department for Transport with the letter to hand in.

The Nuckle saga – déjà vu

Author: Michael Tombs - Published At: Wed 02 of May, 2018 20:32 BST - (2343 Reads)
Network
After 6 different opening dates, the new service at Kenilworth station finally started on 30 April – good news for frustrated Kenilworth residents at last. However the delays and cost overrun does raise the question of whether local authorities are yet equipped to manage rail development projects.

Curzon Street disconnected

Author: Phil Bennion - Published At: Fri 30 of Mar, 2018 19:33 BST - (3181 Reads)
Network
HS2 must be integrated with local transport networks, otherwise congestion, not economic growth, will be generated. However in Birmingham, the HS2 terminus at Curzon Street will be remote from local rail services, even though they run alongside. Phil Bennion, a past MEP for the West Midlands, has a solution. Image: Curzon Street station between existing rail line and new development area.

Riding sunbeams

Author: Chris Page - Published At: Mon 12 of Mar, 2018 16:57 GMT - (2818 Reads)
Network
10:10, the climate change charity, is working with the Energy Futures Lab at Imperial College, London, to develop a viable solution for solar-powered railways. The graphic by 10:10 Climate Action illustrates the principle. It is ironic that the artist has depicted a diesel unit but we like the picture so used it anyway.

Wisbech half-hourly

Author: Peter Wakefield - Published At: Sun 11 of Mar, 2018 23:49 GMT - (2631 Reads)
Campaigns
Railfuture has joined together with local people, rail planning experts and influential local business leaders to progress Wisbechrail through a new group they have set up called the Wisbech Consultative Group. This will harness peoples’ ideas about where the station should be, what facilities it should have and other issues to do with a new train service.

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