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ScotRail’s surge in train punctuality ‘no fluke’

17.10.19:  New research shows a huge ‘surge’ in ScotRail trains arriving on time, the biggest year-on-year increase in punctuality since 2015. Scotland’s Railways delivered 36,200 more trains on time since April 1 2019, compare... more >

£10bn rail network enhancements announced for the next five years

16.10.19: The Department for Transport (DfT) has today (Oct 16) released its five-year Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline (RNEP) outlining plans that span over £10bn and 58 projects. The Control Period 6 (CP6) will provide the funding for the 5... more >

RAIB releases new safety recommendations following recent fatal accident

16.10.19: The RAIB has delivered a new set of safety recommendations after a passenger suffered fatal injuries after leaning out of a window of a moving train last year. The rail safety branch has made four recommendations and identified two learning... more >

Northern Rail could be renationalised, according to transport secretary Grant Shapps

16.10.19: The government is considering renationalising Northern Rail due to repeated poor performance. Transport secretary Grant Shapps has said he has issued a “request for proposals” from the train operator and the Operator of Last Res... more >

Railway workforce celebrated on #StationsDay today

15.10.19: Today (Oct 15) is #StationDay in the UK, dedicated to celebrating British railways, its stations and the hard-working staff and volunteers who keep it running day after day. A £48bn investment was announced by Government back in 2017... more >

Boris Johnson to reform current rail franchising model

14.10.19: Boris Johnson to scraprail franchise system in favour of reformed model The UK’s rail franchising model is to be overhauled and proposals for railway reform brought forward, the Government has announced in today’s Queens Speech.... more >

Paperless ‘smart ticketing’ for trains backed by Greater Anglia

14.10.19: Greater Anglia have given support to the Rail Delivery Group, who are co-ordinating an industry wide campaign this week (14-20 October) to encourage passengers to move away from paper tickets.  ‘Smart Week’ will see events... more >

Transport secretary approves Northampton rail depot plans

14.10.19: Transport secretary Grant Shapps has given the green light to plans submitted for the Northampton Gateway Strategic Rail Freight Interchange, a huge rail depot located to the south of Northampton. Following the approval, the rail depot is s... more >

‘Quick-thinking’ ScotRail employee nominated for lifesaver award

10.10.19: Today (October 10), on World Mental Health Day, a ScotRail employee has been nominated for a top award after his rapid response to noticing and helping a vulnerable person. Christopher Harvie, customer service team leader, has been nominate... more >

Virgin Trains to increase number of body cameras worn by staff

09.10.19: Virgin Trains, the first UK train operator to equip all frontline teams with body worn cameras, are rolling out 250 more across the network. Station staff and on-board teams have another layer of protection with body worn cameras issued to... more >

Carlisle extension to Borders Railway making positive progress

09.10.19: Borders Railway trains could soon be travelling down as far as Carlisle, after campaigners for the line extension were told their goal is “moving closer” at their campaign group’s annual general meeting. The Camp... more >

Passengers and freight will see improvement in Cumbria following major investment

08.10.19: From October 19, the Cumbrian Coast line will feel seven Sundays of disruption as Network Rail continue their major improvements. Just under two miles of worn out track will be removed and replaced between Drigg and Bootle as part of the &p... more >

Jet-washing trains begin work in Kent and Sussex to remove leaves on the line

08.10.19: Network Rail have deployed jet-washing trains onto the lines in Kent and Sussex, where they will be travelling the equivalent of four times round the Earth in order to clean the railway. Thousands of tonnes of leaves are dropped onto the tr... more >

Community invited to Helpston signal box to get insider view of level crossing safety

07.10.19: More than 200 residents were given an exclusive insight into the workings of Helpston signal box at a level crossing north of Peterborough. A number of public open days ran by signallers last month (16th-21st September) gave people the oppo... more >

Car share scheme rolled out at Tring station

04.10.19: London Northwestern Railway have introduced an innovative car share scheme to save their passengers money while helping the environment. Passengers travelling to Tring station are being invited to use a new scheme of sharing their journey t... more >

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