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Simplification key to UK rail ticketing overhaul

Simplification key to UK rail ticketing overhaul

14th Dec 2016 Rail 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

13th Dec 2016 Rail 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

6th Dec 2016 Rail 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

9th Dec 2015 Tourism News Rail News

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 More than 500 brand-new carriages, the removal of the outdated and unpopular Pacer trains, room for 40,000 extra passengers at the busiest times, and more than 2,000 extra services a week will all be delivered.

New financial leadership for Go-Ahead Group

New financial leadership for Go-Ahead Group

2nd Nov 2015 Rail News

The Newcastle-headquartered Go-Ahead Group has appointed a new chief financial officer. Patrick Butcher joins the company from Network Rail, where he has been group finance director since 2009, leading capital raising activities in public markets for the organisation prior to its reclassification last year as a public sector company.

China Railway Construction Corp signs $5bn in African infrastructure deals

China Railway Construction Corp signs $5bn in African infrastructure deals

28th Apr 2015 Rail News

China’ largest railway constructor, China Railway Construction Corp, has won two infrastructure projects in Africa with a combined value of US$5.5 billion. The first, an inter-city railway project in Nigeria known as the Nigeria Ogun State Intercity Mass transit Project, is valued at over US$3.5 billion. The Chinese company also won a $1.93 billion residential construction project in Zimbabwe.

FirstGroup selects IPL for UK technology overhaul

FirstGroup selects IPL for UK technology overhaul

UK rail operator FirstGroup has agreed a five-year IT innovation framework with IPL, a systems integrator specialising in digital innovation and Enterprise Information Management. The agreement will see the companies working together to identify and develop ways to improve the customer experience by enhancing the way it operates its train companies, which include First Great Western and First TransPennine Express.

Injuries reported following Swiss rail crash

Injuries reported following Swiss rail crash

20th Feb 2015 Rail News

At least five people have been injured following a train crash in Switzerland. A suburban train in the Zurich area of the country collided with a rush-out intercity train headed into the city early this morning. The incident happened at Rafz Station, 30 kilometres north of Zurich and close to the German border.

Which? reveals worst performers on UK rail network

Which? reveals worst performers on UK rail network

The latest Which? train satisfaction survey reveals commuters are bearing the brunt of poor service, as the organisation finds rail operators aren’t doing enough to let delayed passengers know their rights on compensation. For the fourth annual satisfaction survey Which? scored train companies based on the responses of over 7,300 train travellers when asked about their journeys over the last 12 months.

Dawlish rail closure cost UK economy £1.2 billion

Dawlish rail closure cost UK economy £1.2 billion

5th Feb 2015 Rail News

A report from the Devon Maritime Forum has claimed the closure of the mainline railway linking Devon and Cornwall could have cost the UK economy as much as £1.2 billion. Train services were cut after tracks were destroyed at Dawlish in early 2014 during severe storms. The forum said “all industries were hit” by the destruction of the line.

Passenger Focus calls on rail industry to decriminalise fines

Passenger Focus calls on rail industry to decriminalise fines

3rd Feb 2015 Rail News

The independent watchdog Passenger Focus has renewed its call to the rail industry to play fair with passengers who don’t have a ‘valid’ ticket. Passenger Focus chairman Colin Foxall said: “It is right that train companies should take steps to stop those who try to evade paying fares.