Network Rail is advising passengers to plan their journeys as early as possible ahead of Christmas. This is ahead of another programme of closures for upgrade work, with up to 200 projects being delivered across Britain over this holiday period. The changes will see Heathrow Express closed for six days over the holiday period.
Dozens of rail passengers have been injured in France following a collision between a tree and a regional train in the south of the country. The tree fell onto the tracks at Saint-Aunes in the Herault region, leaving the line between Montpellier and Nimes blocked.
Taxpayers in the United Kingdom could end up footing the bill for rail services as private sector firms spurn the opportunity to run services, an influential committee has warned. Members of the committee of public accounts argued a lack of competition between companies bidding to operate routes could mean the government struggles to get value for money.
With 2016 train ticket prices published today, rail industry leaders have confirmed that fares will rise on average by 1.1 per cent next year, the smallest annual increase for six years. Passengers can find out the price of new fares and buy tickets online and at ticket offices from today. The 1.1 per cent average increase covers all national rail fares with effect from January 2nd 2016.
A final decision on the HS2 route between Fradley in the West Midlands and Crewe has been announced, with the government confirming its intention to open this section of the line six years earlier than planned, in 2027. In confirming the route, the UK transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has issued safeguarding directions for Phase 2a of HS2, to protect land from potential conflicting development.
The redeveloped Birmingham New Street station has opened its doors to passengers after a five-year, £750 million transformation. Boasting an iconic new atrium over a huge passenger concourse - five times the size of London Euston’s - the station has been rebuilt while trains continued to run as normal for the 170,000 passengers a day who use it.
Holidaymakers in the UK are expected to see disruption during the upcoming bank holiday weekend, with rail workers announcing they will walk out on strike in a dispute over pay. Network Rail workers will hold a 24-hour strike from 17:00 on May 25th, bank holiday Monday.
CK Investments has agreed to purchase Eversholt Rail Group from it current owners, a consortium comprising 3i Infrastructure plc, Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners and STAR Capital Partners. CK Investments is the vehicle of Asia’s richest man, Li Ka-shing, with the deal believed to be worth £2.5 billion.
Ten people have been confirmed dead following a collision between a train and a bus carrying prisoners in Texas. The vehicle is believed to have lost control on an icy stretch of road before sliding down an embankment and hitting the train.
Rail fares are set to rise by 3.5 per cent in January 2015 following the confirmation of the latest inflation figures. Under the formula, fares in England and Wales are due to go up by July’s retail price index measure of inflation, plus one per cent.
A rescue operation is under way to search for passengers of a train that crashed at Bretigny-sur-Orge, on Friday, killing at least six people and seriously injuring eight. The train, which had just left Paris, was heading for Limoges when it derailed, crashing into a crowded station platform at rush hour.