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Northern + TPE franchises

Author: Chris Hyomes - Published Wed 09 of Dec, 2015 23:31 GMT - (5494 Reads)

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PASSENGERS were promised a transformation in their journeys today as the winning companies to run Northern rail services were announced.

RUG Award winners 2015

Author: Roger Blake - Published Sun 15 of Nov, 2015 19:08 GMT - (7233 Reads)
On behalf of Railfuture Scotland, Allison Cosgrove received the Judges Special Award from Railfuture President Christian Wolmar in recognition of all who contributed to the campaign to reopen the Borders Railway.

Passenger priorities

Author: Jerry Alderson - Published Tue 10 of Nov, 2015 17:53 GMT - (4678 Reads)
Rail passengers have increasing expectations and we all need them to be satisfied if the railway is to continue to grow and take an increasing market share. So, what matters to them? This photo montage may give some ideas.

Passenger frustration

Author: Jerry Alderson - Published Mon 09 of Nov, 2015 20:37 GMT - (5121 Reads)
The Woodlesford Train Users Action Group has been formed by disgruntled passengers fed up with overcrowding and late trains after being told that no improvement was on the horizon.

Oxford Parkway opens

Author: Richard Stow - Published Thu 29 of Oct, 2015 20:46 GMT - (8301 Reads)
Railfuture members were out in force on Monday to celebrate the official opening of the first new main line between two English cities since 1899, the first new station in Oxfordshire for 70 years, and the first step in reinstating rail services between Oxford and Cambridge.

Standing room only

Author: Norman Bradbury and Chris Page - Published Thu 15 of Oct, 2015 11:24 BST - (14501 Reads)
Today Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport, formally opened the new depot at Three Bridges and launched the new Class 700 Thameslink fleet which will be maintained there. Whilst the new journey opportunities that will be created by Thameslink are welcome, the design of the new trains highlights the need for more infrastructure capacity between East Croydon and London Bridge.

New New Street

Author: Michael Tombs - Published Sun 27 of Sep, 2015 17:57 BST - (3621 Reads)
This week has seen a massive improvement for passengers, with the opening of the refurbished station at New Street in Birmingham. £750 million has been spent on a huge new glass and steel domed roof covering the atrium – a modern take on the largest glass and iron roof in the world, measuring 65m x 256m, which Victorian designers constructed for the station when it was originally opened in 1854.

Rail Industry Economics

Author: Norman Bradbury - Published Wed 09 of Sep, 2015 19:21 BST - (4168 Reads)
The financial performance of the national rail industry continues to improve, helped by ongoing growth in passenger volume, as shown by the crowds flooding off the first off-peak trains of the day at Waterloo.

Hitachi comes to UK

Author: Norman Bradbury - Published Fri 04 of Sep, 2015 18:11 BST - (3039 Reads)
David Cameron opened the new Hitachi train assembly plant at Newton Aycliffe in County Durham yesterday, saying the railways had returned home to the North East.

Transformation in action

Author: Ray King - Published Tue 25 of Aug, 2015 23:18 BST - (6255 Reads)
Former London Underground District line trains are being transformed at Vivarail’s Long Marston base in Warwickshire. A prototype green and yellow rebuilt coach, centre, is flanked by unrebuilt coaches, left and right. In the depot, more coaches are being transformed.