Rail Travel News
Rail travel poised for boom in post Covid-19 world
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.
Government unveils £500m fund to reverse Beeching cuts
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.
Which? reveals millions of hours UK rail passengers lose to delays
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.
UK train punctuality to be measured to the minute
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.
Which? calls on government to put passengers at heart of rail renewal
Around half of commuters in Which?’s annual rail survey say they find travelling by rail frequently stressful, with some people even reporting that they have had to move house to escape a nightmare train journey.
New rail ombudsman launches to address passenger complaints in UK
A new rail ombudsman service has launched in the UK, giving passengers a chance to address grievances with train companies.
UK rail fares come under spotlight in new consultation
Britain’s rail companies are launching a public consultation to seek ‘root and branch reform’ of fares and ticketing regulation.
National Audit Office offers strong criticism of Southern Rail
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
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 seeks high-speed Wi-Fi roll out across rail network
The government has revealed a plan that could see the UK’s train passengers to benefit from a dramatic improvement in onboard mobile and Wi-Fi connections. The rapid growth of mobile data requirements and the use of smartphones and tablets now means that consumers expect high quality, reliable connectivity everywhere.
UK government announces £400m in infrastructure spending for north England
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.
Caledonian Sleeper unveils new rolling stock designs ahead of 2018 launch
Caledonian Sleeper has offered a glimpse of its brand new £150 million fleet of trains ahead of their introduction next year. A dedicated website has been launched where details of the trains will continue to be revealed ahead of their phased introduction to service from spring 2018.