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‘Euston Cross’ alternative HS2 plan

‘Euston Cross’ alternative HS2 plan

26.04.13: I am very pleased with the proposal for the Euston Cross option. The only thing I think is a bit short-sighted is the wording in the proposal that suggests that only one of the platforms would be suitable for GC gauge trains (I’m not...

Sentencing after level crossing crash

Sentencing after level crossing crash

19.04.13: I am very pleased at the humane sentence given to Mr Maund, granted that sometimes (and I noticed it in the sentencing of a bus driver who was 'hung out to dry') those at the sharp end of transport operations can be severely punished despite bei...

Alternative HS2 plan from Lords

Alternative HS2 plan from Lords

12.04.13: Services being limited on account of HS1’s capacity limitations? I think that is a good situation to be in, given that HS1 is falling short of its potential. Besides, there are plenty of other solutions if people are imaginative. For insta...

Alternative HS2 plan from Lords

Alternative HS2 plan from Lords

05.04.13: The Euston Cross idea has significant merit. The current HS1-HS2 link plans via Primrose Hill is a major threat to London Overground and freight ambitions. That scheme, as it stands is constrained, very poor fudge which requires a better solutio...

Train announcements

Train announcements

22.03.13: The response from ATOC is typical of railway complacency; they should shut up and listen for a change. Yes, there are some announcements that are simply not needed. Many others are uneducated and ungrammatical: trains arrive AT stations, for exa...

IEP supply chain

IEP supply chain

15.03.13: Over the last few years, there has been a great deal of talk in the media, and plenty of Government hype, about the proposed UK supply chain for the Hitachi IEP. Recently however, all has gone quiet and we still do not know whether any Brit...

Rail line re-openings

Rail line re-openings

08.03.13: The glowing piece of news I read about re-opening certain railways after the Beeching lacklustre and amateur sledgehammer approach was a stimulating breath of fresh air. It is good that railways are being studied by those who are in th...

Preventing delays

Preventing delays

01.03.13: Living on the main London - Brighton line, I often visit the city on business and have been delayed because a train has broken down, cables have been removed or weather has caused a problem. The new rolling stock does not have a locomotive...

IEP train specifications

IEP train specifications

22.02.13: In accordance with the current trend, the train has systems for everything. But which of them are really cost-effective? And which could be dispensed with and which are in the nice-to-have category? Or is this an example of gold-plating the...

London-Shropshire services

London-Shropshire services

15.02.13: Had the late and much-lamented Wrexham and Shropshire service been allowed to run through to Chester perhaps it might have avoided withdrawal, so it is a bit rich for Virgin now to be attempting to cream off traffic from Shrewsbury and calling i...

‘High Speed Rail from a Scottish Perspective’

‘High Speed Rail from a Scottish Perspective’

08.02.13: I read with interest the contribution in the Dec/Jan issue, ‘High Speed Rail from a Scottish Perspective’ from a member of Railfuture Scotland. I need to emphasise that this was the personal view of the author, and not...

HS2 phase 2 route

HS2 phase 2 route

01.02.13: Whilst in favour of HS2, I wonder how locations away from the proposed route will benefit. For instance, it is said that Liverpool will be linked by a junction ‘south of Wigan’ but does not say exactly where. Will trains from Lo...

Public service

Public service

25.01.13: I think HMG of whichever hue needs to come to terms with the fact that there are some things that simply work better in public ownership and like utilities: railways is one of them. All political parties need to forget ideology and start us...

Rolling stock procurement

Rolling stock procurement

18.01.13: It is understood that Northern are getting so perturbed by the Thameslink delays, that they are being compelled into hiring loco-hauled stock for some of their longer-distant routes, in order to release DMUs to strengthen crowded commuter servic...

HS1 and Southeastern services

HS1 and Southeastern services

11.01.13: I was interested to read about the success of services on HS1. However, it is disappointing that other services have deteriorated. In August I began working in Camberwell, south east London. I live in east Kent. Adisham – seven m...

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‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

19/02/2019‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

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South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

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Strike action by workers on the South Western Railway (SWR) have been suspended after a “significant breakthrough” was made in the lo... more >
MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

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ScotRail expands new Hitachi electric trains to Glasgow routes

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the TOC, gives RTM an update on the innovative scheme... more > more last word articles >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >

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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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