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Murder on the Thameslink - Northern Express

Author: Ian Brown CBE FCILT - Published Tue 10 of Jul, 2018 22:13 BST - (6894 Reads)
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 Thu 28 of Jun, 2018 08:25 BST - (5645 Reads)
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 Wed 27 of Jun, 2018 19:06 BST - (2933 Reads)
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 Sun 03 of Jun, 2018 15:11 BST - (4624 Reads)
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 Tue 29 of May, 2018 19:26 BST - (5064 Reads)
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 Wed 07 of Mar, 2018 14:03 GMT - (10665 Reads)
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 Sun 03 of Dec, 2017 00:09 GMT - (4022 Reads)
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 Thu 28 of Sep, 2017 14:36 BST - (5725 Reads)
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 Mon 13 of Mar, 2017 13:35 GMT - (8848 Reads)
A personal view from Railfuture vice-president Peter Rayner.Photo: A crowded train at Gretna Green in August 2016.