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National Audit Office offers strong criticism of Southern Rail

National Audit Office offers strong criticism of Southern Rail

10 January 2018 Rail & Coach News

The National Audit Office has concluded that high levels of disruption for passengers mean that, to date, the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern rail franchise has “not delivered value for money”. The department for transport franchise to support the delivery of the major Thameslink upgrade programme and improve passengers’ experience of services.

Sharp increase in rail ticket prices in UK

Sharp increase in rail ticket prices in UK

2 January 2018 Rail & Coach News

Rail fares have gone up by an average of 3.4 per cent in the UK, the highest increase in five years. While protests are planned across the country in opposition to the rise, the department for transport argued increases were capped in line with inflation.

UK government announces £400m in infrastructure spending for north England

UK government announces £400m in infrastructure spending for north England

2 October 2017 Rail & Coach News

The UK government has backed transport improvements across the northern of England with £400 million of extra funding. More than £100 million will go towards local road schemes to bust congestion pinch-points and speed up journeys, while an extra £300 million will help push forward plans for Northern Powerhouse Rail to bolster links between Northern towns and cities with more frequent and faster services.

End in sight for Southern Rail strikes

End in sight for Southern Rail strikes

2 February 2017 Rail & Coach News

Following two weeks of intensive talks, ASLEF and GTR Southern have reached a provision agreement on the long-running dispute between the two. The talks have sought to resolve the on-going dispute between train divers and Southern Rail.

Simplification key to UK rail ticketing overhaul

Simplification key to UK rail ticketing overhaul

14 December 2016 Rail & Coach News

Measures to improve ticketing information for passengers and make it easier for people to choose the best value fare for their journey were agreed earlier at a forum co-hosted by rail minister Paul Maynard. Working alongside consumer organisation Which?, the department for transport, the Rail Delivery Group and Transport Focus have come together to develop the proposals.

SNCF welcomes new TGV Océane to south-western France

SNCF welcomes new TGV Océane to south-western France

13 December 2016 Rail & Coach News

SNCF has introduced newly-designed TGV Océane trains on the line linking Paris-Montparnasse station with Bordeaux and Toulouse in south-western France. SNCF Voyageurs chief executive Florence Parly joined by Alain Vidalies, French minister of state for transport, oceans and fisheries on the first train as it left Bordeaux-St-Jean station.

UK transport secretary reveals plans to overhaul railways in England

UK transport secretary reveals plans to overhaul railways in England

6 December 2016 Rail & Coach News

UK transport secretary Chris Grayling has set out plans for improved coordination across track renewal and train operations in England. Plans include the creation of East West Rail, the first new integrated rail operation in decades that is separate to Network Rail, and the closer alignment of incentives between the management of infrastructure and the operation of train services.

Government unveils £1.2bn railway boost in northern England

Government unveils £1.2bn railway boost in northern England

Rail journeys across the north of England and Scotland will undergo the biggest transformation in decades, thanks to an unprecedented package of improvements being delivered in new franchise deals, the government announced today. More than 500 brand-new carriages, the removal of the outdated and unpopular Pacer trains, room for 40,000 extra passengers at the busiest times, and more than 2,000 extra services a week will all be delivered.