Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has visited Birmingham New Street station as passengers greet annual increases in rail fares. Regulated fares - including season tickets - have risen by up to 2.5 per cent, while the average fare of a rail ticket in Britain will increase by 2.2 per cent.
Imminent European Union legislation could prove to be the catalyst for expediential growth in long-haul rail travel, according to experts at tech giant Amadeus. Research from the organisation suggests the impending fourth package of railway liberalisation, due to be fully implemented by 2018, could prove to be a major milestone for rail travel.
More than 900 jobs will be created and thousands more secured after transport secretary Justine Greening approved a £4.5 billion contract to supply Britain with the next generation of intercity trains. In a major boost to the UK’s manufacturing industry, 596 railway carriages will be built at a brand new train factory in the north east of England.
As commuters brace themselves for steep rail fare rises next week, Campaign for Better Transport has discovered some UK commuters are paying three and a half times more for their season ticket than their European neighbours. The news comes despite the government concessions in the Autumn Spending review to cap regulated fare increases to inflation plus one per cent in January.
Passengers on some of the busiest rail routes in the United Kingdom are set to benefit from extra carriages to ease overcrowding and the former Waterloo International Station is to be reopened for commuter services, transport secretary Justine Greening announced earlier. The 60 extra carriages are being added thanks to government funding for South West Trains to lease the vehicles.
Train fares in the United Kingdom will rise by an average of 5.9 per cent in January 2012, the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) said earlier. From today, fares valid from 2nd January 2012 can be found at National Rail Enquiries so travellers can check how much the cost of their ticket will increase next year.
Queensland Rail Travel has confirmed a series of upgrades to its Spirit of the Outback train services. From 2012 the luxury rail operator it will introduce special food and beverage privileges for customers in single or twin sleeping berths, which will add an extra dimension to this celebrated journey.
Officials at the Michigan Department of Transportation have reached an agreement to purchase 135 miles of rail track from Norfolk Southern potentially cutting journey times between Detroit and Chicago. The $140 million deal was signed earlier, with the track between Kalamazoo and Dearborn paid for largely with Federal Railroad Administration stimulus funds.
With air travel becoming increasingly tedious, costly and frustrating, it is no surprise that travelers are looking for an alternative.
Chennai Metro Rail Limited has awarded the contract for Power Supply and Overhead Equipments to Siemens AG, Germany and Siemens Limited India Consortium at a cost of Rs.305 crores. This contract includes design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of complete power supply systems. The contract has been awarded on international bidding to the eligible bidder who has quoted the lowest rate.
Scotland is celebrating the opening of a new £300 million rail link which will see North Lanarkshire linked with West Lothian for the first time in half a century. The new 15-mile track will allow trains to run from the west of Scotland through Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh, via Airdrie and Bathgate.
Amtrak has slackened its regulations to allow passengers to carry firearms on a limited number of trains. The new law follows restrictions similar to those imposed for air travel. Firearms must be stored in checked bags and placed in a locked and hardened container.