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....The rail industry defended the steep increase. Paul Plummer, the chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group, representing train companies and Network Rail, said: “Money from fares pays to run and improve the railway, making journeys better, boosting the economy, creating skilled jobs and supporting communities across Britain. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... Around 67% of the cost was met from ticket revenues in 2016, with another 6% coming from parking and other passenger sources, while the government coughed up £3. 7bn, mainly to Network Rail. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Seven ways to cut the cost of Britain’s rail tickets image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 19th of August 2017 02:59:16 PM
.... Around 67% of the cost was met from ticket revenues in 2016, with another 6% coming from parking and other passenger sources, while the government coughed up £3. 7bn, mainly to Network Rail. ...
Rail users face steepest fare rise in five years as inflation hits 3.6% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of August 2017 08:32:02 AM
....The rail industry defended the steep increase. Paul Plummer, the chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group, representing train companies and Network Rail, said: “Money from fares pays to run and improve the railway, making journeys better, boosting the economy, creating skilled jobs and supporting communities across Britain. ...
How Britain fell out of love with the free market image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 4th of August 2017 05:00:34 AM
.... In 2001, the rail infrastructure company Railtrack – which had been one of the Conservatives’ most high-profile privatisations seven years earlier – went into administration after the Hatfield train crash and a botched modernisation of the west coast mainline. In 2002 the company was effectively nationalised by the Blair government – a policy approach supposedly discredited and abandoned in the 70s – and became Network Rail. ...
Digital railcards could be just the ticket to avoid penalty fares image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 29th of July 2017 05:59:43 AM
....Within the next few weeks, young people buying the popular 16-25 Railcard will be offered the digital one for the first time. Next will be the Network Railcard, which provides discounts on trains across routes into London and south-east England. ...
Southern rail gets lowest satisfaction score in passenger survey image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of July 2017 10:14:23 AM
....The rail industry said it was pleased with the scores. Jacqueline Starr, of the Rail Delivery Group which represents train operators and Network Rail, said: “There is more to do which is why we are investing to improve and better connect communities across the country with major upgrades to the rail network, thousands of new carriages coming on track and 6,400 extra services a week by 2021. ...
Avoid Waterloo, passengers warned after signal failure image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of July 2017 07:32:34 AM
....”. A Network Rail spokesman said: “Owing to a major signalling failure overnight, mainline services through Clapham Junction to Waterloo will be delayed or cancelled this morning. ...
Full speed ahead for train builders as minister pulls plug on electrification image
....If it is bad news for communities whose railways will never reach the improved level of service promised, it also marks a moment where the dial is turning down of investment in the UK’s rail network. Escaping much scrutiny, the transport secretary, Chris Grayling, also last week issued 2017’s version of a document that in 2012 heralded what the Conservatives vaunted as the “biggest investment in rail since Victorian times”: a draft of Network Rail’s £38bn five-year plan and the basis for a 2015 manifesto listing a string of transport goodies for the regions – not least the Northern Powerhouse. ...
Grayling sparks fury by scrapping rail electrification plans image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 20th of July 2017 11:21:48 AM
....Plans to make the railway network faster, greener and cleaner by electrifying lines have been scrapped by the government after massive budget overruns, prompting fury at “years of broken promises”. The plans to modernise the line from Cardiff to Swansea, the Midland mainline and tracks in the Lake District were dropped on Thursday after Network Rail spent huge sums on engineering works, with costs in the Great Western region alone going as much as £1. ...
HS2 cost concerns as NAO uncovers £2.7m in redundancy payouts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of July 2017 02:41:26 PM
....HS2 has an agreement with the Treasury to allow it to pay higher wages than elsewhere in the public sector, which Higgins has insisted is vital to recruit the best talent. The previous chief executive of HS2, Simon Kirby, hired from Network Rail in 2014 to oversee the start of construction on a £750,000 salary, quit last September. ...
Rail firms to be judged by 'to the minute' train punctuality image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of July 2017 06:00:12 AM
....Britain’s rail industry claimed it would give passengers the most transparent measure for train punctuality of any railway in Europe – and compare favourably with the aviation industry, where a 15-minute delay is counted as arriving on time. Paul Plummer, chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group, which represents train operating companies and Network Rail, said: “By adopting the most transparent measure in Europe, we want passengers to know that rail companies are putting an even greater focus on ensuring that trains are meeting the timetable, arriving to the minute and at stations along a journey. ...
How can the Southern rail fiasco be solved? Look to John Lewis | David Boyle image
....But after this announcement, when Grayling grudgingly accepted that passengers had been “let down” – and there were divorces and redundancies because of the unreliable services last year – this trust breakdown underpins everything else, leaving passengers feeling battered and manipulated, and full of complex questions. For example, train companies are charged by Network Rail using a formula depending on the number of carriages and the time of day. ...
Carillion has 'no future without rights issue of at least £500m' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 13th of July 2017 06:20:18 AM
....Sam Cullen, an analyst at investment bank Jefferies, said: “Realistically, we see no future for Carillion without a rights issue of at least £500m as we believe the group will find it increasingly difficult to win support services work with the balance sheet in its current state”. The company is an intrinsic part of the UK economy, being one of the major contractors to the Highways Agency and to Network Rail, and is essentially set up around three businesses. ...
Major rail disruption looms in August as stations are closed image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 10th of July 2017 12:52:08 PM
....Rail passengers have been warned to prepare for unprecedented disruption on journeys into London this August, with thousands of trains cancelled or delayed as engineering works closes some of Britain’s biggest stations. The August bank holiday will see Network Rail carry out the biggest weekend of engineering works it has ever planned, worth £133m. ...
Virgin Trains and six other companies agree to sell advance tickets on the day image
....Following the lead taken by CrossCountry in January 2015 after a successful trial, seven more train companies have dropped punitive restrictions that in the past meant that customers could generally only buy cut-price Advance tickets up to midnight on the day before travel. The Rail Delivery Group (RDG), which represents the train operators and Network Rail, said customers of Grand Central, Greater Anglia, Northern, TransPennine Express, Virgin Trains East Coast, Virgin Trains West Coast and those using the Caledonian Sleeper from London to Scotland can now also buy Advance tickets for many trains on the day of travel. ...
Sheffield to Rotherham tram-train is five times over budget, says NAO image
....A damning report from the National Audit Office found that the scheme is now slated to cost at least £75. 1m, instead of the £15m budget initially agreed, after Network Rail’s costs soared. ...
Stagecoach says it has overpaid for East Coast rail contract as profitability plunges image
....The difficulties facing Virgin East Coast, 90% owned by Stagecoach and 10% by Virgin, prompted renewed calls for nationalisation of the railways. The transport group said it expected to renegotiate its £412m-a-year contract with the Department for Transport in the light of state-owned Network Rail’s failure to deliver infrastructure upgrades and an expected delay in the arrival of new trains. ...
Southern tried to run too many trains on poor infrastructure: report image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of June 2017 09:33:08 AM
....Southern rail was attempting to run too many trains on poor and unreliable infrastructure, a delayed report into the crisis on Britain’s worst-performing rail network shows. The government-commissioned report by the Network Rail director, Chris Gibb, pins strike action by unions as “the primary cause for system integrity to fail” in 2016. ...
How workable – and how expensive – might Labour’s renationalisations be? image
....15bn at current share price. The rail industry will cost nothing, because track and station owner Network Rail is already state-owned. ...
HS2 is on its way but bid troubles and snap election could still derail project image
.... Discussions continue with the Church of England over exactly where the bodies are to be buried, according to HS2. Even the residents who escape rehousing will face enormous disruption because of the reconstruction of Euston – a project that may be prolonged because of Network Rail’s own uncertain ambitions for a station that could also incorporate the proposed Crossrail 2. ...
Tax relief cut doesn’t add up for landlords, plus Bank warns over consumer credit image
....Benefits paid out when a husband or wife dies are being slashed, meaning those who do suffer such heartache will miss out on tens of thousands of pounds, writes Donna Ferguson. Network Rail’s knotweed policy is undermining my house sale. ...
Network Rail’s knotweed policy is undermining my house sale image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 6th of April 2017 06:00:33 AM
....I am experiencing major problems trying to sell my house due to Japanese knotweed. The invasive weed has spread from land owned by Network Rail on to ground shared by 30 properties on my estate. ...
Train drivers reject deal to end Southern rail dispute image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 3rd of April 2017 01:54:15 PM
....The two companies have issued details of emergency timetables they will run, including services before and after the big race meeting at Aintree. Paul Plummer, chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group, which represents train operators and Network Rail, said the Aslef result was “very disappointing”, adding: “A stronger railway needs everyone working together to improve services for passengers, employees and businesses across the Southern region and the whole of Britain. ...
Reusable incentives could slash disposable coffee cup waste image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 30th of March 2017 06:39:20 AM
....Meanwhile, a new scheme to boost disposable coffee cup recycling will be launched next week in the City of London in an attempt to prevent 5m cups a year from the Square Mile ending up in landfill. The City of London Corporation, in conjunction with Network Rail, coffee chains, and some employers, are introducing dedicated coffee-cup recycling facilities in offices, shops and streets. ...
South West Trains: Hong Kong firm MTR to help run rail franchise image
....A fleet of 90 new trains has also been promised, providing more space for passengers on Reading, Windsor and London routes. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the deal "marks a new era in joined up working between train operators and Network Rail". ...
Rail industry promises 6,400 extra services image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 12:00:48 AM
....The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) said about £50bn was being spent on the network, which would result in an 11% rise in the number of weekday services. The RDG represents Network Rail, which manages the infrastructure, and the train operators. ...
First class could be axed in next Southeastern rail franchise image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of March 2017 05:50:33 PM
....“Passengers on a new Southeastern franchise from 2018 will enjoy modern trains with more space and a more punctual and reliable service. “This consultation sets out what we expect the next operator to deliver for passengers, including working more closely with Network Rail to ensure a focus on performance, and innovative use of technology to improve both ticket-buying and compensation if things do go wrong. ...
Railways could use eye scans to charge passengers, say industry plans image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of February 2017 12:01:21 AM
....Biometric technology would enable fares to be automatically charged, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) said. The organisation, representing train operators and Network Rail, claimed such a system could follow on from the use of smartphones’ Bluetooth signals to open station barriers, which will be trialled on Chiltern Railways’ route between London Marylebone and Oxford Parkway over the coming months. ...
Britain’s rail franchise model unfit for purpose, say MPs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 5th of February 2017 10:07:02 AM
....A report from the House of Commons transport select committee said the government was failing to hold train operators to account, while “serious deficiencies” in the Department for Transport (DfT) meant the government should consider transferring some of its franchising powers. The report found that private operators were restricted in how much they could improve services and efficiency, and their relationship with Network Rail was “not as coordinated as it should be”, leading to higher fares and poor performance. ...
Is Ticketclever the way to put rail fares back on track? We find out image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 4th of February 2017 07:01:22 AM
....Railcards give a third off most fares – but the type will depend on the journeys you make. For £30 a year, the Network Railcard gives a third off all tickets across most of southern England (in the network area) but only on trains that leave after 10am weekdays, or any at weekends. ...
Pokémon Go and no sign of stopping: Apple’s App Store sales boom image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 28th of January 2017 03:59:04 PM
....”. Anderson, who has clients including KPMG, Network Rail and Standard Life, cites the example of bookmaker Ladbrokes, which has gone from 30% of digital revenues coming from mobile products to 80%. ...
Accessibility and ownership of the UK’s railways | Letters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 27th of January 2017 06:52:00 PM
.... Inspiration can be taken from George Freeman MP, chair of the prime minister’s policy board, who has long advocated a mutual model for rail franchises. This chimes neatly with both the Shaw report on the future shape and financing of Network Rail, which recommended that new franchises should have greater union and passenger representation, and with the PM’s ambition for a greater voice for workers on company boards. ...
City of London launches challenge to boost coffee cup recycling image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 26th of January 2017 12:01:02 AM
....A scheme to boost disposable coffee cup recycling has been launched in the City of London in an attempt to prevent 5m cups a year from the Square Mile ending up in landfill. The City of London Corporation, in conjunction with Network Rail, coffee chains and some employers, are introducing dedicated coffee cup recycling facilities in offices, shops and streets. ...
London train derailment to disrupt Southeastern commuters for days image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 25th of January 2017 06:24:10 PM
. Disruption on a busy commuter line will last for the rest of the week following a freight train derailment, Network Rail has said. ...
Poll confirms Southern’s status as UK's worst-performing rail firm image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 24th of January 2017 12:58:11 PM
.... As passenger numbers rise, parts of the rail network will remain brittle until welcome improvements are in place and working. “Southern, Thameslink, Gatwick Express and Network Rail must continue to collaborate to produce a more robust timetable. ...
Jobs lost and broken relationships: legacy of the Southern rail crisis image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 21st of January 2017 09:09:30 PM
....“I’m very grateful to Aslef for suspending the strikes this week but we do not now return to rail utopia,” said Kyle, Labour MP for Hove and Portslade. “There’s plenty of blame to go around in this, Network Rail, Govia Thameslink, the government and the unions. ...
ScotRail boss resigns after pressure over firm's performance image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 20th of January 2017 02:47:38 PM
....A respected figure within the industry, Verster is now expected to take a job renewing the rail link between Oxford and Cambridge, a far smaller task than overhauling the Scottish rail network. He had previously been in charge of Network Rail’s London north-east area, which includes the north-east mainline. ...
Is Britain’s rail network getting worse? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 6th of January 2017 05:34:17 PM
.... It is true that more train services are running, but that means the knock-on effects of any problems can delay a lot more subsequent trains than before. Network Rail says there are fewer incidents than in the past – but each one causes more delays. ...
Rail chiefs or unions: can passengers trust either of them? | Rafael Behr image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 4th of January 2017 07:00:17 AM
....Meanwhile, the privatised network is still reliant on public money. On top of direct subsidies, private operators are compensated for notionally lost revenue caused by maintenance of the track, which is the responsibility of state-owned Network Rail. ...
Rail boss: Fare hike 'a success story' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 2nd of January 2017 07:58:30 AM
....3% are introduced on the first weekday of the new year. Paul Plummer is the chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group which represents train operators and Network Rail. ...
Rail fares: train operators accused of milking the system as rises kick in image
....”. The Rail Delivery Group, which represents train operators and Network Rail, said around 97p in every pound paid by passengers goes back into running and improving services. ...
The train companies pocket millions in compensation for delays image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 31st of December 2016 07:01:21 AM
.... The train operating companies can actually make a nice little profit out of your distress, so they have almost no incentive to improve the service. As you get ready to fork out £5,000-plus for an annual season ticket on a 40-mile journey into work on a train built 30 years ago, which arrives at your destination on time approximately every solar eclipse, consider this: train operators receive a “schedule 8” payment from Network Rail when something goes wrong with the infrastructure, such as a points failure. ...
Rising fares and crowded trains: the misery of Britain's rail users image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 31st of December 2016 07:00:21 AM
....70. The company also has very poor reliability scores and is second bottom of the Network Rail performance table – only Govia is worse. ...
The Crusader: Joy as ‘ghost train’ tab settled image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 19th of December 2016 02:22:00 PM
....So who should pick up the tab for this shambles? We asked Trainline for its view and it explained: “Our timetables are provided by the industry and any revisions are made by the train operating companies. Maintaining those timetables is the responsibility of both the train operating companies and Network Rail. ...
UK government 'must take action' on 5G image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of December 2016 12:08:44 AM
....". Highways England and Network Rail must take "direct responsibility" for improving coverage on roads and railways, he added. ...
Redhill rail users' bid to charter train on strike days fails image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 10th of December 2016 04:44:52 PM
....Mr Simm had hoped to run one return service a day on strike days but said the charter company was concerned about the "short notice". Simon Pielow, co-owner of Train Chartering Company, said: "Although it was theoretically possible and we believed Network Rail would support it, we were unable to find a train or a driver to charter the service. ...
HS1 owners consider sale after receiving offers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 8th of December 2016 02:28:27 PM
....HS1 is the 67-mile stretch of railway linking London to the Channel tunnel, on which both Eurostar and high-speed Southeastern services operate. Network Rail is subcontracted to manage the rail infrastructure, while HS1 owns and manages four of the stations on the route, with significant commercial income including retail at the flagship St Pancras International in London. ...
Stagecoach: cheap fuel means more people are choosing to travel by car image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 7th of December 2016 01:51:08 PM
....5m. Stagecoach said the division had been hit by a poor operational performance from Network Rail. ...
Train and track operations to be reunited in rail revamp image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 6th of December 2016 12:23:29 AM
....The way that England's railway network is run is set to be overhauled under plans outlined by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling. He wants each rail franchise to be run by joint management teams, including representatives from both the train operating company and Network Rail. ...
Chris Grayling unveils plans for fully privatised rail line image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 6th of December 2016 12:01:57 AM
....The government has unveiled plans for a fully privatised railway line, with track and trains operated by the same company. A new line linking Oxford and Cambridge will not be developed by Network Rail, the owner of Britain’s rail infrastructure. ...
Network Rail to lose sole control of rail maintenance image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 3rd of December 2016 12:54:53 AM
. Sole control of Britain’s rail infrastructure is to be taken out of the hands of the state-owned Network Rail and shared with private firms under government plans to be announced next week, it has been reported. ...
Rail fare rises driven by hikes on Virgin Trains East Coast image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 2nd of December 2016 01:00:35 PM
....”. Paul Plummer, the chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group, which represents train operators and Network Rail, said: “We understand how passengers feel when fares go up, and we know that in some places they haven’t always got the service they pay for. ...
Train fares to rise by average of 2.3% image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 2nd of December 2016 07:34:15 AM
....But it hasn't stopped punctuality levels falling well below target. The Rail Delivery Group, which represents train operators and Network Rail, said the industry was working to simplify fares and improve services. ...
UK train fares to go up by 2.3% in 2017 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 2nd of December 2016 07:32:15 AM
....“It is not right that part-time workers have to buy expensive one-off tickets, or season tickets, which they then waste on the days they don’t work,” she said. Paul Plummer, the chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group, which represents train operators and Network Rail, said: “We understand how passengers feel when fares go up, and we know that in some places they haven’t always got the service they pay for. ...
Southern rail pre-Christmas strike dates changed image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 1st of December 2016 02:20:01 PM
....”. Paul Plummer, chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group, which represents train operators and Network Rail, said: “Trains where drivers close the doors are safe. ...
Southern rail service hits national punctuality figures image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 24th of November 2016 09:19:10 PM
....It goes on to say, "this makes the service harder to operate even when there are no other problems on the network, and when an incident does occur recovering the service is much harder. So, while Network Rail is responsible for 58% of delay minutes impacting GTR services, this is being made worse by GTR's train crew problems. ...
Mitie issues profit warning as it reports £100m loss image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 21st of November 2016 08:59:39 AM
....It said that changing market conditions had led to "rising labour costs and economic uncertainty". In more positive news, Mitie, which holds big contracts with the Ministry of Justice and Home Office, said it had won £170m-worth of new contracts with companies such as Manchester Airports Group, Network Rail, and the Scottish Police Authority. ...
Talks planned on public sector trains image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 20th of November 2016 02:35:21 PM
....Mr Yousaf refused be drawn on whether he favoured nationalising the railways in Scotland, pointing out that the Scottish Parliament does not currently have that power. However, he said there was "a strong argument" for integrating the train operator and Network Rail should such powers be devolved in future. ...
Great Western rail modernisation costs rocket, says NAO image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of November 2016 12:02:26 AM
....Meanwhile the Great Western franchise operator, FirstGroup, would have to bear much higher costs which, combined with less passenger revenue than expected, meant the government would earn less money than expected from the franchise. Mr Morse added an optimistic note, saying: "It is encouraging that since 2015 the department and Network Rail have a better grip and put in place structures to manage the programme in an integrated way. ...
Great Western line electrification 'deferred' amid cost overruns image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 8th of November 2016 12:59:15 PM
....8bn. Although a review of the work by Network Rail in 2015 led to the project being replanned on a “more efficient footing”, on Tuesday the rail minister, Paul Maynard, announced that four parts of the programme would be indefinitely “deferred”. ...
Great Western electrification: Intercity line work 'deferred' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 8th of November 2016 11:34:48 AM
.... . Network Rail - which is implementing the project - and the Department for Transport, have been criticised by MPs for not being able to provide a schedule of when work on the line will be finished. ...
Plans to allow rail users to claim compensation for 15-minute delays image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of October 2016 11:01:25 PM
....Existing compensation rules mean passengers can claim payouts only when services are delayed by at least 30 minutes, but one railway regulator estimates just one in five people actually do so. Only three in four GTR trains arrived on time between 21 August and 17 September, with almost one in 10 cancelled or arriving more than 30 minutes late, Network Rail figures show. ...
Southern Rail strike: Passengers plead for end to 'chaos' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of October 2016 07:34:12 AM
....". Earlier train services between Brighton and Gatwick Airport via Balcombe were disrupted because of over-running engineering work by Network Rail as a result of a broken down engineers' train. ...
Last call: What's happened to London's nightlife? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 7th of October 2016 10:29:10 AM
.... . Cable at London Bridge went in 2013 when Network Rail took back possession and Turnmills, the first club to get a 24-hour licence, closed in 2008 when the lease ran out. ...
Network Rail fined £4m after woman killed by train at foot crossing image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 21st of September 2016 06:42:29 PM
. Network Rail has been fined £4m for a string of safety failures after a woman was struck and killed by a train on a foot crossing. ...
Southern rail co-owner Go-Ahead reports £100m profits image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 2nd of September 2016 07:23:27 AM
.... Southern is part of the Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) franchise. Go-Ahead said Govia Thameslink Railway had "a difficult year", and that it was working with the Department of Transport and Network Rail "to improve services for customers". ...
UK rail fares to rise by 1.9% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of August 2016 08:32:30 AM
....”. Paul Plummer, chief executive at the Rail Delivery Group, representing train operators and Network Rail, said: “Nobody wants to pay more to travel to work and at the moment in some areas people aren’t getting the service they are paying for, and we know how frustrating that is. ...

Long-awaited heatwave will bring hottest August day in three years but rest of summer will be rainy, unsettled and cold
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....6F). Network Rail has also said steel train lines can buckle in extreme heat, which could cause  track closures and passenger delays, adding to a season of rail chaos. ...

Both unions and train companies have gone off the rails
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 8th of August 2016 10:00:00 PM
....At a time of political and economic uncertainly, efficient infrastructure is critical to economic growth. Whether it’s HS2 or Network Rail’s revolutionary plans for a digital railway that will increase capacity without the need to build new lines, change has to happen. ...

Southern Rail five-day strike: will you be affected?
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 7th of August 2016 03:26:31 PM
....". Paul Plummer, chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group, representing train operators and Network Rail, said: "Next week's strike action is going to cause misery for thousands of passengers. ...

New hole under train tracks running into London Bridge causes travel misery for second time in three weeks 
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....Passengers were advised to avoid London Bridge on Thursday evening.  Network Rail’s acting area director, Robert Coulson, said: “Our engineers are continuing to work at the site of the hole at Forest Hill but we are now expecting disruption to trains for the rest of today. ...

East Midlands Trains services disrupted after bridge collapse
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 09:09:51 AM
....A partial bridge collapse has caused major disruption to train services between London and the East Midlands. Network Rail said the incident at Barrow upon Soar, near Loughborough in Leicestershire, meant no direct trains are operating between St Pancras and stations north of Leicester, including Sheffield and Nottingham. ...

Revealed: Rail passengers suffer unbearable levels of overcrowding as trains cram in twice the number of people they should
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....5 billion Thameslink programme. “These projects will inevitably cause some disruption whilst they are carried out, which is why we have capped regulated rail fares at RPI + 0 per cent for this parliament and why we are working hard with Network Rail and train operators to ensure that any inconvenience is minimised. ...

Terrifying footage of moment man paralysed on train tracks released in warning over trespassing
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....Most trespassers highlight taking a short cut (42pc) as their main motivation followed by thrill-seeking (19%). Nick Jordan, community safety manager for Network Rail, said: “We are urging parents to remind their children that, if they are on the railway, they are on dangerous ground. ...

Gatwick airport rail fire: Delays on Gatwick Express, Southern and Thameslink trains after blaze on track
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....The section of track - which is on the main line between London Victoria and Brighton - was initially closed on Tuesday morning. Network Rail reopened two of the four lines shortly afterwards, but two remained closed for the rest of the day. ...

Inquiry launched into 'rip-off' rail ticket machines 
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 23rd of July 2016 10:27:37 PM
....”. A spokesman  for the Rail Delivery Group, which represents train operators and Network Rail, said : “Operators have to strike a balance between making ticket machines quick and easy to use while offering passengers a comprehensive range of fares, and we know we have more to do. ...

Commuters warned about dangers of playing Pokémon Go at train stations 
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.... . The Network Rail notice also reminds commuters it is ‘illegal and very dangerous’ to trespass on a railway. ...
London housing crisis: mayor and big business in 'furious agreement' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 6th of July 2016 03:18:11 PM
....Murray congratulated Boris Johnson’s London Land Commission on the thoroughness with which it had identified publicly-owned land across the capital, noting that such brownfield sites as 10 Downing Street had fallen into its net. This enabled him to make a topical quip about the prime minister’s pad coming onto the market “with vacant possession” but also the serious point that other public bodies with land on their hands outside the mayor’s control, such as the NHS and Network Rail, need to be brought into the picture with more urgency. ...

Network Rail delayed £1bn of work last year
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 5th of July 2016 06:17:42 PM
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Villagers living in the shadow of Gatwick fear revival of plan for new runway image
....”. A Gatwick spokesperson said: “The Airports Commission, Network Rail and the Highways Agency have all concluded that the planned transport improvements serving Gatwick will more than meet the demand from an expanded Gatwick. ...
Train ticket machines need to use clearer language, study finds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of June 2016 05:06:45 PM
....”. A spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group, representing Network Rail and train operators, said steps were being taken to remove jargon from machines but accepted that more needed to be done. ...

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