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HS2 Construction Begins… Again

Some little box has been ticked within government to say that the full-on construction of HS2 may now begin, even though vast chunks of terminal sites have already been flattened in preparation for the on/off high-speed rail line. Read More >>

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Ancient Midland Mainline Announcements on Spotify Give You That Lost Commuter Buzz

Bored people missing the work commute have found some calming audio on Spotify, as someone managed to bend the rules enough to get 29 minutes of Midland Mainline onboard announcements up on the streaming music service. Read More >>

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Coronavirus Pandemic Causes ‘Inevitable’ Crossrail Delay, Says Sadiq Khan

If the Crossrail project is getting inexplicably delayed during normal circumstances, you can bet your arse it's going to be pushed back in the midst of a global pandemic. 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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We’ve All Been Stuffing Ourselves Onto Overcrowded Trains for No Reason

According to an investigation carried out by Channel 4's Dispatches, a number of train carriages that are in a condition to be rolled out into service, are sitting about doing nothing. 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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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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Totally Guessable Crossrail Delay News Says “December 2022” For Full Opening

It might be a good idea if someone dresses up in hi-vis and investigates whether Crossrail has actually dug any new tunnels under London at all, as a new delay to the opening of the full line has been revealed; this time involving the very end of December 2022. So 2023, then. At least. 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 >>