Should train operators take control of the tracks?
The dust is still settling from last week’s government call for greater integration between Network Rail and the train operators. Details remain scant but more will be known when a green paper ‘Rail Vision’ is published next spring. Continue reading Should train operators take control of the tracks?
Great Western electrification shambles – will bimodal trains save or sink the scheme?
Last week’s announcement that electrification to Bristol has been deferred by the DfT followed a devastating NAO indictment cataloguing poor management practices with the ongoing Great Western Electrification Programme (GWEP). Continue reading Great Western electrification shambles – will bimodal trains save or sink the scheme?
Network Rail responds to ORR charges review
Track access charges need greater transparency to make them more comprehensible to users, but too much complexity could be costly and would be difficult to implement .That’s the general verdict of responses to ORR’s recent consultation on network track access charges for CP6 (2019-24). Continue reading Network Rail responds to ORR charges review
Shaw report rejects full bloodied privatisation but welcomes private capital
The long expected Shaw report –The future shape and financing of Network Rail – has finally been released and partially allays fears about large scale privatisation; but it argues that alternative sources of finance need to be found. Shaw also calls for greater rail devolution and for a new Northern route to serve the north of England. Continue reading Shaw report rejects full bloodied privatisation but welcomes private capital
All change as new era dawns for rail commuters on some of London’s busiest routes.
London’s Overground has been in existence for less than a decade but it has already had a huge impact on service provision; it has quite literally reshaped the rail map of the capital. This weekend sees further change as West Anglia’s inner suburban services are brought under its jurisdiction. What difference will these changes make? John W E Helm investigates. Continue reading All change as new era dawns for rail commuters on some of London’s busiest routes.
Tramlink plays a growing part in keeping London moving
Croydon Tramlink is carrying more passengers than it was designed to handle and is now carrying out a major £30m upgrade to enable it to cope with future expansion. John W E Helm visited system HQ at Therapia Lane to find out more. Continue reading Tramlink plays a growing part in keeping London moving
Rail re-openings aim to put Bristol & the West on the right track
Bristol and the West of England area has been something of a transport backwater over the last decades. Local authorities are now driving forward plans to bring about major changes to the railway network in and around the area. John W E Helm investigates. Continue reading Rail re-openings aim to put Bristol & the West on the right track
Rail-led property developments: a catalyst for growth
The rail industry is working with property developers to deliver economic development around stations. A report from Landor’s 2014 Rail Stations & Property Summit. Continue reading Rail-led property developments: a catalyst for growth