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.... This is not throwing money away, as it goes into a long-term asset that delivers returns into an indefinite future. It should also be noted that austerity is relaxed when it comes to building an £18bn nuclear power station at Hinkley Point or the £56bn HS2 railway, even though the latter is as damaging to the green belt as any housing proposal. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....The government is due to build HS2 with public funding and is expected to put legislation before parliament to build phase 2a from Birmingham to Crewe this year, and make a decision on the rest of the route. However, a faltering economy could further undermine the business case for the railway, with Treasury calculations basing passenger growth on GDP. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....,” it said. Ministers have kept the report by Gibb, a longstanding railway professional brought in to resolve the problems on Southern, under wraps for six months. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Hard Brexit could halt Heathrow expansion plans, says Lord Adonis image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 26th of June 2017 12:32:00 PM
....The government is due to build HS2 with public funding and is expected to put legislation before parliament to build phase 2a from Birmingham to Crewe this year, and make a decision on the rest of the route. However, a faltering economy could further undermine the business case for the railway, with Treasury calculations basing passenger growth on GDP. ...
The Observer view on the housing crisis | Observer editorial image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 24th of June 2017 11:05:13 PM
.... This is not throwing money away, as it goes into a long-term asset that delivers returns into an indefinite future. It should also be noted that austerity is relaxed when it comes to building an £18bn nuclear power station at Hinkley Point or the £56bn HS2 railway, even though the latter is as damaging to the green belt as any housing proposal. ...
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
....,” it said. Ministers have kept the report by Gibb, a longstanding railway professional brought in to resolve the problems on Southern, under wraps for six months. ...
Duke of Westminster's property group to build 1,500 rental homes in London image
....Grosvenor plans to construct up to 11 blocks of varying heights on a 12-acre former biscuit factory site in Bermondsey. The tallest tower, with 25 storeys, will be built in the centre of the site, adjacent to a railway line, with a route under the line to The Blue local market. ...
Our leaders have lost touch with reality – just like the banks did | Aditya Chakrabortty image
.... The Tory manifesto gets a triple-A rating – until its dementia tax turns out to be toxic. Labour’s proposals for renationalising the railways are dismissed as communism – until voters, snaggle-toothed fools that they are, turn out to quite like the idea of not being bled dry by Richard Branson. ...
Let’s move to Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire: ‘It’s stuck in a time warp’ image
....Where to buy A town of many parts. There’s the model village, the new town (all Victorian parades and Prezzos beside the railway station) and, my favourite, the old town. ...
Donald Trump unveils plan to privatize 'antiquated' air traffic control system image
.... Opponents fear airline interests will dominate the board, overseeing an estimated 300 air traffic facilities and around 30,000 employees. Trump plans a series of events this coming week to highlight his $1tn effort to modernise roads, bridges, airports and railways. ...
Sober look of Google's 'landscraper' shows tech firm is trying to grow up image
.... But the proposals for the £1bn project finally unveiled this week have considerably cranked down the wow factor. Stretching for over 300 metres along the side of the railway tracks of King’s Cross, the 92,000-square metre “landscraper” office building is a surprisingly sober design from the studios of Thomas Heatherwick and Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, the starry duo who are also working together on Google’s Californian headquarters in Mountain View. ...
Google submits plans for 'landscraper' London headquarters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 1st of June 2017 09:15:49 AM
....Google has officially submitted plans for its new 92,000-square metre “landscraper” London headquarters, with the intention of beginning construction on the building in 2018. Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group and Heatherwick Studios, the team behind TfL’s New Bus for London and the 2012 Olympic Cauldron, the building will stand 11 storeys tall and stretch parallel to the platforms of London’s King’s Cross railway station. ...
Labour promises to save average rail commuter £200 on season ticket image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 1st of June 2017 06:00:47 AM
....Its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said: “Under the Conservatives, rail fares have sky-rocketed and tickets are some of the most expensive in Europe. “Labour will take Britain’s railways back into public control and put more money into people’s pockets by capping fares. ...
Glory days of British Rail’s full English breakfast  | Letters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of May 2017 05:40:33 PM
....Ian Jack should try the 17. 16 from Cardiff to Holyhead, which has a first-class dining carriage (How the railway sandwich led to the privatisation of Britain, 20 May). ...
Where does an A-lister land when they waft in from paradise? Yes, Luton image
....It was once a byword for bargain-basement flights and holiday hell, defined for a generation by Campari ads and Lorraine Chase. But Luton airport, the grey-and-orange home of easyJet, has long led a double life: bussing budget passengers up the hill from the railway station, while ushering billionaires, royalty, Brad Pitt and Taylor Swift to their private jets. ...
Labour's water renationalisation plan is a damp squib | Nils Pratley image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of May 2017 07:34:13 PM
.... There is no need to own the assets to ensure that outcome. All industries are different, and there is a fair argument that the state could improve the railways in a way the private sector can’t. ...
Fresh rail strikes announced for 30 May image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of May 2017 03:31:56 PM
....In its dispute with Northern, Mr Cash said the union was "angry and frustrated" with the company's planned policy of a minimum of 50% DOO trains. Richard Allan, deputy managing director of Northern, said changes needed to be made to the on-board role as the railway is modernised. ...
Labour reveals 'fat cat' tax pledge aimed at reining in excessive pay image
....Corbyn will unveil his new policy in Bradford as part of a radical manifesto. It will promise sweeping renationalisation of the railways, Royal Mail and parts of the energy market, with the water industry also likely to feature in the plans to take private companies back into public ownership. ...
General election 2017: Labour 'plans water industry nationalisation' image
.... . A draft version of the document, which was leaked last week, committed a future Labour government to taking the railways and the Royal Mail back into public ownership while also nationalising the electricity distribution and transmission networks. ...
Cyber-attack: Europol says it was unprecedented in scale image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 13th of May 2017 03:46:13 PM
....Some reports say Russia has seen more infections than any other country. Banks, the state-owned railways and a mobile phone network were hit. ...
Massive ransomware infection hits computers in 99 countries image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 12th of May 2017 03:36:47 PM
....Some reports said Russia had seen more infections than any other single country. Domestic banks, the interior and health ministries, the state-owned Russian railway firm and the second largest mobile phone network were all reported to have been hit. ...
The Tory energy cap is not a policy. It’s a confession | Owen Jones image
.... And if the market isn’t the right way to supply energy at a fair price, how can it be correct elsewhere?. The Tory privatisation of the railway system is perhaps the most emblematic example. ...
​Enemies of the state​:​ the 40-year Tory project to shrink public services image
.... After 2010, the Conservatives claimed public employment “crowded out” private initiative, so they cut more than a million public sector jobs. Yet wealth creation depends on a strong state, not only for protection of property by the law, but for decent roads and railways, regulators ensuring fair markets, for the health and education of private enterprise staff, and for the same clean air we all breathe. ...
Virgin, Stagecoach and France's SNCF link up for HS2 bid image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 12:47:58 PM
. The French state railway SNCF is to partner with Virgin Trains for a bid to run the first HS2 high-speed trains. ...
Hornby directors defend chairman Roger Canham image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 07:23:45 AM
....In a statement, the investor group said it felt it was "time for change". However, the board of Hornby, which makes model railways, Corgi cars and Scalextric, said it was "not in the best interests of the company". ...
Reacting to technological threats isn't enough – we need to plan for them | Michael Boskin image
.... After all, important technologies sometimes derive their main commercial value from uses quite different from those the inventor had in mind. For example, James Watt’s steam engine was created to pump water out of coal mines, not to power railways or ships. ...
Ding ding! All aboard the ex-Lib Dem minister's solar-powered bus image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of April 2017 03:53:02 PM
....Even in a party that talks up its commitment to the environment, Baker spoke unusually often about ecology. At the Department for Transport, he helped oversee the Green Bus Fund and increased electrification of the railways. ...
HS2 is on its way but bid troubles and snap election could still derail project image
....7bn high-speed rail scheme from becoming physical reality?. Royal assent in February gave HS2 Ltd the full legal, financial and planning powers to build the first half of a railway that the government claims will transform travel between London, the Midlands and, eventually, the north of England, create 25,000 jobs and help rebalance the UK’s precarious economy. ...
Strikes announced on Virgin Trains East Coast and Arriva Rail North image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 13th of April 2017 08:53:49 AM
....“It is that flagrant disregard for the safety issues at the heart of the dispute which leaves us with no option but to put on this further day of strike action. “RMT commends our Arriva Rail North members on their rock-solid display of strength, resolve and unity during the action so far in opposition to the introduction of driver-controlled operation and defence of the guards to guarantee a safer, securer and more accessible railway for all. ...
Germany's new train firm on track image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 11:15:15 AM
. Germany's state-owned railway group Deutsche Bahn dominates services in the country, but it has a new rival. ...
WH Smith profits rise thanks to travel sales image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 07:33:36 AM
....75% over the last six months, thanks to a rise in sales at its travel business. Its profits from its outlets in airports, railway stations, motorway service stations and workplaces went up 11% to £39m as passenger numbers rose. ...
Six jumbo jets long … the £2.4bn ship that can lift an oil rig image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 05:30:26 AM
....Shell, burned in 1995 by the furore over its decision to sink the Brent Spar storage buoy at sea, is acutely aware of the need for the clean-up to go smoothly. Hope called the task of decommissioning the field an “enormous challenge”, due to its remote location – the closest railway station is in Bergen, Norway, nearly 150 miles away – and complex nature of the installation. ...
Southern rail boss paid £495,000 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 10th of April 2017 10:09:03 AM
....”. Andy McDonald, Labour’s transport spokesman, said the pay deal strengthened the party’s argument for renationalisation of the railways. ...
Tesco looks to draw a line under accounting scandal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 9th of April 2017 06:00:00 AM
.... In January it raised annual profit forecasts, citing a boost from sales of spoof children’s books such as Five on Brexit Island, a nod to Enid Blyton. Chief executive Stephen Clarke has predicted sunlit uplands of growth driven by overseas expansion and a focus on its higher-margin stable of airport and railway station stores. ...
Network Rail’s knotweed policy is undermining my house sale image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 6th of April 2017 06:00:33 AM
....MT, Blackpool. Earlier this year two neighbours in south Wales won a four-year battle against Network Rail after untreated knotweed on railway land rendered their homes unsaleable. ...
Southern rail: Aslef members reject latest proposed deal image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 3rd of April 2017 02:18:58 PM
. Members of the Aslef union have rejected a deal aimed at ending the long-running dispute over driver-only operated trains on Southern railway. ...
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. ...
Tick tock image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 2nd of April 2017 11:07:44 PM
.... . This was, as Trewman's Exeter Flying Post explained, "a matter of great public convenience", for it meant the clock exhibited, as well as the correct time at Exeter, "railway time". ...
Congested, polluted and with car jobs at risk, Stuttgart reaches a crossroads image
....But Stuttgart has an immediate car problem. Surrounded by the steep hills of the Neckar valley, it is plagued by congestion, the worst air pollution in Germany and the construction of one of Europe’s biggest infrastructure projects, a €6bn railway station. ...
British rail is nationalised all over again – by foreign states image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 1st of April 2017 02:59:28 PM
.... Anyone heading for nearby Basildon has to change at Upminster and pay a fare to the Italian firm that has been operating C2C since January. Welsh railways fell to German-owned Arriva long ago, while ScotRail is also in the hands of the Netherlands’ Abellio. ...
Chinese firm MTR to help operate UK's South West trains franchise image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 27th of March 2017 07:52:43 AM
....6bn in premiums to the government over the next seven years, of which £1. 2bn will be reinvested in the railway, according to the terms of the deal. ...
Petworth and Pulborough, West Sussex: straight out of Miss Marple image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 24th of March 2017 04:30:37 PM
.... Petworth lives in the shadow of The House and its Titians and Turners. Having the railway station, though, Pulborough is the more worldly of the two, the kind of place I imagine lived in, in Agatha Christie’s day, by brassy secretaries with a taste for jazz and romantic dalliances with aged wealthy widowers who should know better. ...
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Robots to affect up to 30% of UK jobs, says PwC image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 24th of March 2017 08:56:39 AM
....The use of robots in the workplace is rising with workers in some sectors already facing up to the potential challenges. "You can already see on the railways that all these strikes are not unrelated to the move towards driverless trains," Mr Hawksworth said. ...
Kenya starts selling bonds via mobile phones image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of March 2017 12:39:55 PM
.... . Kenya has borrowed heavily in the past four years to fund an ambitious construction programme, including roads and a new railway. ...
Rail industry promises 6,400 extra services image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 12:00:48 AM
....Last year, 12. 3% of trains failed to reach their destinations on time, according to the Office of Rail and Road, the independent regulator for Britain's railways. ...
Ian and Greg Chappell call on Adani to abandon Carmichael mine project image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 01:46:56 AM
....It had also delivered on its promise not to use taxpayer funds to subsidise Adani’s infrastructure. However, the state government holds veto power over Adani’s application for a $1b federal government loan to build a railway to link the mine to its port hundreds of kilometres away. ...
Northern, Southern rail and Merseyrail staff on strike image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 06:55:36 AM
. Passengers appear to have largely stayed away from the railway network as staff from three train firms across England held 24-hour strikes. ...
How to save WH Smith from its 'godawful uniformity' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of March 2017 04:52:17 PM
.... What can be done to save it?. Around 700 WH Smith stores are in railway stations, airports and service stations, and around 600 are on the high street. ...
How to retire successfully: 'You need to ask what you want out of life' image
....If anyone has had a successful and fulfilling retirement, it is Dr Peter Jarvis. When he retired in 1992, he “ganged up” with a group of his most “wily, accomplished” friends and renovated a railway. ...
Fixing America's failing infrastructure won't be easy, despite Trump's pledge image
....Trump seems to have a genuine passion for rebuilding America. “Crumbling infrastructure will be replaced with new roads, bridges, tunnels, airports and railways gleaming across our beautiful land,” Trump said in his speech before Congress last Tuesday as he renewed a campaign promise, vowing to ask Congress for a $1tn infrastructure investment package financed through public and private capital. ...
Let’s move to Hither Green, London: ‘Good schools, train links and parks’ image
.... Did I mention the ice-cream? It’s the little things, you see, that get parents through the day. The case against The neighbourhood is riven in two by the railway line, practically (there are few crossing points, hence bad traffic) and in spirit. ...
Wall Street stocks rise after Trump's corporate tax cut promises image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of March 2017 06:42:20 PM
....Exchanges in Spain, Germany and France also saw steep rises in the value of listed shares as investors bet on a spending spree by the new Trump administration filtering out to increase the profits of large corporations across Europe. In his most measured speech to date, Trump told Congress he would bring back to life dying industries and “crumbling infrastructure will be replaced with new roads, bridges, tunnels, airports and railways gleaming across our very, very beautiful land”. ...
Southern rail chief: we aren’t doing anything wrong image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of February 2017 02:04:25 PM
....However, he added: “In terms of the customers there have been awful things that have happened. ” He admitted that “in terms of staff engagement, absolutely” the firm could have done things differently, but said the firm had needed to change the railway and ways of working. ...
Going nowhere as French train tickets are a no-show image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 27th of February 2017 07:00:03 AM
. French railways (SNCF) has let me down badly and I don’t believe it is an isolated case. ...
Chris Grayling tells Japan: some of our trains are superior to yours image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 26th of February 2017 05:03:58 PM
.... This deal, signed last year, secured 1,000 engineering jobs at the factory over the next decade. During a visit to Japan in September, ostensibly to encourage investment in Britain’s roads, railways and ports, Grayling told transport minister Keiichi Ishii that the Derby trains were superior to Tokyo’s. ...
On your bike: the best and the worst of city cycle schemes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 25th of February 2017 07:00:05 AM
....But will station-less, ride-anywhere schemes result in city-wide anarchy, with hundreds of bikes piling up at train stations in the evening, carelessly blocking doors and pedestrians, or lying vandalised down alleys or chucked in canals?. Antonia Roberts of Bike Plus, an umbrella group for Britain’s bike-sharing schemes, says she has seen plenty of photos of bike carnage near Chinese railway hubs. ...
Merseyrail and Northern strike ballots open amid Southern deal collapse image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 17th of February 2017 04:59:24 PM
.... The former has signed a contract for new trains, which will be brought in from 2020, and categorically stated that they will be running without a second crew member onboard, but has guaranteed to redeploy its 220 guards. The RMT’s regional organiser, John Tilley, said the plans were “completely at odds with the requirements of basic railway safety”. ...
Let’s move to Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire: ‘This pretty town bursts with enthusiasm’ image
.... There may be barely 2,000 souls here, but goodness they’re industrious. Bishop’s Castle hums with independent shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants, B&Bs, two (two!) microbreweries, museums of rural life and railways, a weekly market, an eco-suburb, and I haven’t even got on to sports and recreation, let alone the walking festival. ...
Southern rail users face more strikes as drivers reject Aslef-backed deal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of February 2017 01:31:12 PM
.... Southern says it expects to run about three-quarters of its usual timetable during the strike. The row over the roles and responsibilities of train crew is likely to be replicated across other parts of Britain’s railways. ...
Fifth of rail passengers buy wrong ticket from machines, says regulator image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 10th of February 2017 12:01:36 AM
....Cases in which the most appropriate ticket was not selected include one passenger who was confused as to whether to choose “any permitted route” or “not via Reading”, while another found a ticket with a railcard was more expensive than without. The ORR’s director of railway markets and economics, John Larkinson, said: “Everyone travelling by train should be able to buy the most appropriate ticket for their journey. ...
Arriva Rail North staff to consider strike action over role of train guards image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of February 2017 05:08:43 PM
....”. An Arriva Rail North spokesman said: “We are in the early stages of developing our modernisation plans to bring customers a better railway, so we believe the RMT is extremely premature in calling a ballot for strikes. ...
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
....Facial recognition is already used at some UK airports to speed up the border control process. More than 200 research, design and technology projects have been identified to help the railway serve more passengers and boost customer service. ...
Southern rail deal with union fragile as drivers plan to vote against image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 5th of February 2017 01:20:20 PM
....”. He added: “I don’t believe we need fewer people on the railways – a railway bursting at the seams will not mean fewer jobs. ...
Britain’s rail franchise model unfit for purpose, say MPs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 5th of February 2017 10:07:02 AM
.... Unless that happens the taxpayer will be footing the bill and passengers will suffer. “While franchising enabled passenger growth and service improvements when it was first rolled out, passenger satisfaction with the railways is falling. ...
Southern rail and union agree deal to end strikes over driver-only trains image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of February 2017 03:38:40 PM
....“It’s good news for passengers, the regional economy and staff. After the misery and disruption to people’s work and family lives, we are pleased we can start to move forward and deliver a better railway for the travelling public. ...
Business leaders call for transport revolution to rebalance UK economy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of February 2017 06:00:22 AM
....Cridland said: “It’s clear that the north’s ports and airports are key economic assets for the region, with nearly 40 million passengers flying from the region each year and around a third of all UK freight using northern ports. “Yet we know that the lack of access to and from our ports and airports is holding them back, with congestion on our roads and railways making it difficult for people and goods to reach international gateways. ...
Britain’s housing crisis could be solved – if only the government wanted to | Jonn Elledge image
....To that end, the government would formally review the green belt to identify areas that would be better used as the site of new communities. Around London, it would prioritise areas next to railway lines, such as that baffling open space surrounding much of the eastern end of the Central line. ...
Accessibility and ownership of the UK’s railways | Letters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 27th of January 2017 06:52:00 PM
.... Kelly-Marie Blundell Seaford. • As a disabled passenger, reliant on a mobility scooter and railways for transport, I can categorically state that the GTR approach to providing accessible transport is laughable and offensive. ...
Frankfurt prepares for Brexit bankers: 'Maybe our city will change them' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 27th of January 2017 07:15:19 AM
....”. She and her boyfriend, Dominik Felsmann, a management consultant from Stuttgart, live in Bahhofsviertel, the neighbourhood around the railway station and in the centre of the city’s red light district, which they refer to as “mini Berlin”. ...
Government planning possible take-over of Southern rail – report image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 25th of January 2017 08:27:13 PM
....A small number of members of the RMT union at Southern went on strike on Wednesday and will walk out again on Friday. The RMT general secretary, Mick Cash, said: “Instead of dragging this farce out any longer the government should now do the decent thing, pull the plug on the GTR contract, take the lines under public control and draw a line under this shambles that shames Britain’s railways. ...
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. A 50-metre stretch of railway is being “completely rebuilt” in Lewisham, south-east London, following the accident at 5. ...
Five on Brexit Island lifts WH Smith sales as adult colouring books fade image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 25th of January 2017 11:47:01 AM
....The retailer, which this year celebrates its 225thbirthday, said higher customer numbers at its airport shops over Christmas also helped boosted trade. Sales within the travel division – which also includes motorway service stations, hospitals and railway stations – grew by 5%, but were down by 3% at its shops on UK high streets. ...
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
.... Scottish passengers and those travelling in peak hours in London and the south-east are bearing the brunt of poor performance. “The timetable on parts of the London and south-east railway can be a work of fiction which passengers cannot rely on. ...
Seaford: the town cut off by the Southern rail dispute image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 23rd of January 2017 12:55:17 PM
....At one time, so many visitors would bother him for directions that the newsagent next to Seaford station put up a sign on his door, with exact instructions on how to get to the Seven Sisters, the chalk cliffs that run east from the town to Beachy Head. Lately, with train services eroded and finally halted by the long-running dispute between unions and Southern railway, the sign has barely been needed. ...
Southern train services face further disruption image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 22nd of January 2017 10:22:22 AM
....“The RMT should now recognise that their industrial action is wholly futile. They should stop the strikes, get back round the table with us and move forward together with us, delivering a better railway for our passengers. ...
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
.... Businesses are struggling and a lot of people are leaving the area. Meanwhile, as the railway is being ground into the floor, the government is proposing to spend £55bn on a high-speed link to Birmingham. ...
Let’s move to Scarborough, North Yorkshire: ‘Where seasiding began’ image
.... You can keep your Costa Brava and all of that palaver. This, where seasiding began in the 17th century, has all I require in life balanced beautifully in the perfect resort recipe: one measure donkey rides to two parts ice-cream sundaes, a dash of kiss-me-quick, a sprinkling of eccentricity (those daily mini naval battles on the lake in Peasholm Park, for starters), a generous helping of fish and chips (cooked in dripping, natch), penny slots, funiculars (I love a funicular) and a miniature railway, a dash (but only a dash) of decline. ...
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