transport
Train Operators Prepare for Return to Approximation of Normal

May 18 may well be the day some of the harder rules of our bizarre locked-in lives start to relax, as Network Rail is circling that square of the calendar with red pen for a potential return to operating something that resembles one of the railways that used to connect towns and communities in the old days. Read More >>

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UK Rail Network Temporarily Nationalised From Today

Yet another incredible and enormous and previously unthinkable political manoeuvre has been performed in a matter of days – making running a country look easy when needs must – as the government has effectively nationalised the UK's railways for the duration of the drastically scaled-back period of operation under coronavirus menace. Read More >>

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Passenger Rail Services to Halve From Monday

The government and the rail industry have decided there's no point running empty trains all the time in order to try to show coronavirus who's boss, and have agreed to virtually halve the number of trains that run across the nation from Monday 23. Read More >>

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Model Rail Festival Moves Online via Hashtag Sharing

We have good news and bad news about the London Festival of Railway Modelling, scheduled for this weekend. Obviously it's been cancelled as model train buffs will grab any excuse they can not so socialise in person, but the clever bit is how they've moved it entirely online and are encouraging everyone to instead share their rail builds virtually. Read More >>

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Government Takes Control of Northern Rail Franchise

The Northern rail franchise is no more, as today marks the official handover of operations from Arriva Rail North Limited to the busier than ever desks of the government's generic Operator of Last Resort. Read More >>

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Scotland Plans to Build and Test a Hydrogen-Powered Train

Some old and retired ScotRail rolling stock is about to get a new lease of life, as plans are afoot to convert one electric train into a cutting-edge hydrogen model with the potential to revolutionise and decarbonise the stubborn rural diesel remnants of our railways. Read More >>

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Northern Rail Nationalisation Could Happen This Week

Rumours from within government suggest that troubled rail franchise Northern may be ended this week, with a nationalisation set to end the Arriva-owned line's many troubles. Read More >>

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Birmingham Approves Huge Plan to Sideline Private Cars

Birmingham and the West Midlands as a whole have been operating under a self-declared state of climate emergency since 2019, and now they have a plan. It's to make "active travel" the first choice in the region's big city while building a "fully integrated, high quality public transport system," relegating the place of the car to that of a historical aberration. Read More >>

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New HS2 Report Leak Says “Pause” the Northern Bits

There's been another leak of the results of the review into HS2 and whether or not it's still or ever was a good idea and worth doing etc, this time revealing a rather lukewarm appraisal that raises the official final cost to as much as £106bn – and suggests the Phase 2b section is "paused" while benefits are reassessed. Read More >>

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Trainline Automates Buying Split Tickets for Cheaper Train Travel

The hardcore traveller's secret of splitting up long rail journeys to get cheaper tickets has gone mainstream, thanks to popular ticketing service Trainline integrating its SplitSave system within its booking app. Read More >>

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South Western Railway Joins Potential Nationalisation List

The managers in charge of South Western Railway have issued a warning that the rail franchise may simply run out of money before the end of the year, adding it to the list of rail operators that could end up back in the public hands via nationalisation. Read More >>

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HS2 Cost Tops £100bn in New Unofficial Estimate

The situation around the review into HS2 –  that was leaked and still hasn't been officially released – has grown more acerbic and strange, thanks to the deputy chair of the review committee deciding to go rogue and release his own conclusions. And boy are they negative. Read More >>

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Avanti Plans “Premium Economy” Seats on Refurbed West Coast Trains

Avanti is planning to introduce a third pricing tier to its train tickets and travel options next year, as it believes its refurbished Pendolinos will be so posh that there's room to squeeze in an extra layer of slightly more expensive seats between standard and first. Just don't go calling the newly demoted cheapest tickets "third class" or you'll get done for hate crimes. Read More >>

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Avanti West Coast Begins Painting Over Virgin Trains

There's a new rail franchise dealing with our complaints about the Wi-Fi not working and the toilets oozing piss and bleach out into the corridors today, with Avanti West Coast taking over the business of running what was once the Virgin Trains line between London and Scotland. Read More >>

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Commuters Protest Against Northern Rail’s General Existence

Train users with no option other than to use Northern services have gathered at Manchester's Victoria station to demand something is done, and the main thing they'd like to see done is something others have demanded previously – that the calamitous rail franchise is stripped of its approval to operate. Read More >>