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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.