New rail tickets, designed to match evolving working habits, will be available to commuters across England from today. They are aimed at commuters who only travel to work two or three days a week.
The government has pledged to end what it called a quarter-century of fragmentation on the railways under new proposals to shake up the system. The hope is to refocus on passengers and freight.
The government has pledged to provide refunds for rail and coach tickets bought for the Christmas travel window between December 23rd-27th.
International rail travel offers an ‘environmentally friendly’ alternative to flying and as the second wave of Covid-19 approaches, it may experience a boom post-pandemic.
A new £500 million fund has been made available by the British department of transport to develop better rail connections for communities hit half a century ago by the Beeching cuts.
UK rail passengers lost almost four million hours to significantly delayed train journeys in 2018 – making it the worst year since records have been held, according to Which? research. The staggering level of delays – 3,928,560 hours in total – relates to 8.1 million passenger journeys and meant around 80 trains per day were significantly delayed.
From April, train operators in the UK will publish a new measure of punctuality as part of a plan to reduce delays. Trains will now be measured to the minute at stops.
A new rail ombudsman service has launched in the UK, giving passengers a chance to address grievances with train companies.
Britain’s rail companies are launching a public consultation to seek ‘root and branch reform’ of fares and ticketing regulation.
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.
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.