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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.

Dozens injured in French rail crash

Dozens injured in French rail crash

18 August 2016 Rail & Coach News

Dozens of rail passengers have been injured in France following a collision between a tree and a regional train in the south of the country. The tree fell onto the tracks at Saint-Aunes in the Herault region, leaving the line between Montpellier and Nimes blocked.

CrossCountry reveals Advance on the Day tickets

CrossCountry reveals Advance on the Day tickets

Leading train company CrossCountry, part of transport group Arriva, has extended availability of ‘Advance on the Day’ tickets to corporate travellers using the EvolviNG self-booking platform. The ‘Advance on the Day’ initiative has seen CrossCountry introduce across all its routes the opportunity for passengers to buy discounted ‘Advance’ tickets within just 15 minutes of their train leaving the station – enabling travellers to make the most of last minute bookings, while still reserving a seat.

Private bidders losing interest in UK rail franchises

Private bidders losing interest in UK rail franchises

12 February 2016 Rail & Coach News

Taxpayers in the United Kingdom could end up footing the bill for rail services as private sector firms spurn the opportunity to run services, an influential committee has warned. Members of the committee of public accounts argued a lack of competition between companies bidding to operate routes could mean the government struggles to get value for money.