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Hopping to catch a train

Author: Jerry Alderson - Published At: Mon 28 of Mar, 2016 20:16 BST - (5364 Reads)
International
Many railway passengers spend time nervously hoping to catch a train. However, Railfuture director Jerry Alderson spent a day in Vienna hopping to catch a train thanks to an accident that left him with a cast (bottom right photo) and hobbling around on crutches. Becoming a person of restricted mobility, albeit only for a couple of months, opened his eyes to how transport systems fail to cater properly for all their customers. His experience will certainly influence Railfuture’s campaigns to improve the rail-based systems in Britain.

In highly respected and advanced countries such as Austria the trams dating from the 1960s (top left photo from “Wiener Linien Blog” – all others by the author) are already being scrapped and modern trains are replacing the high-floor 1980s ones (bottom row) but passengers must still “mind the gap”.

Keeping London moving

Author: Chris Page - Published At: Thu 24 of Mar, 2016 21:12 GMT - (6788 Reads)
Network
By the 2030s London will be a megacity of more than 10 million people. Even allowing for planned investment and the imminent arrival of the East-West Crossrail line, the capital will grind to a halt unless significant further improvements are made. That’s why London needs Crossrail 2 as quickly as possible.

Response to Shaw report

Author: Ian Brown - Published At: Wed 23 of Mar, 2016 11:40 GMT - (4428 Reads)
Lobbying

Nicola Shaw CBE, formerly CEO of HS1, was asked by government to produce a report on the future shape and financing of Network Rail. This is Railfuture's response to the Shaw Report, by our Policy Director, Ian Brown CBE BSc FCILT.

Graphic from the Shaw report shows the new shape for Network Rail.

Blue sky over Wight

Author: Chris Page - Published At: Mon 21 of Mar, 2016 12:17 GMT - (5113 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 T69 tram recently withdrawn by Midland Metro, suggested in the Garnett report for the Isle of Wight – photo by Joshua Brown reproduced under Creative Commons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 - (5037 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 - (4097 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 - (3867 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 - (7744 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 - (5572 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

Mountain of ideas

Author: Jerry Alderson - Published At: Tue 26 of Jan, 2016 19:17 GMT - (6624 Reads)
International
Railfuture campaigns for a bigger and better railway in Britain – one that is modern, innovative, welcoming and meets the growing expectations of passengers. There are a mountain of ideas that can be emulated from railways around the world. Salzburg provides a good starting point.

Sent to Coventry

Author: Jerry Alderson - Published At: Sun 24 of Jan, 2016 19:43 GMT - (5399 Reads)
Ever wanted to send someone to Coventry? Well, the railway can certainly help you do that. The city is served by fast frequent trains. But supposing you wanted to send them to Coventry Arena? Well, that’s a different matter - unless you are using German (left) or Austrian (right) apps and sites because they know precisely where the stations are, as the map on their apps proves.

White NUCKLE ride

Author: Michael Tombs - Published At: Mon 18 of Jan, 2016 23:50 GMT - (7617 Reads)
Network
Two new stations, Coventry Arena and Bermuda Park, opened today as the first step in the NUCKLE programe, which has been a white knuckle ride in railway planning. The line between Coventry and Nuneaton has been nicknamed the Bermuda Triangle line because trains will disappear when a match at the Ricoh Arena finishes.
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