One in three British rail services run late under tightened standards | UK news

One in three British rail services run late under tightened standards | UK news

More than a third of British rail services failed to reach stations on time over the past year, according to new performance measurements. Under the toughened standards, trains are considered punctual if they arrive within a minute of the timetable, rather than the previous limit of up to 10 minutes. Under the changed regime, just […]

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Network Rail failed railway arch tenants in £1.5bn sale, say MPs | Business

Network Rail failed railway arch tenants in £1.5bn sale, say MPs | Business

Network Rail failed to act in the interests of tenants and the taxpayer when it sold off £1.5bn of railway arches, sacrificing an important asset for short-term gain, according to MPs. A critical report from the public accounts committee has found that the controversial sale of thousands of arches will also mean future tenants have […]

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HS2 costs and benefits: a search for clear evidence | Letters | UK news

HS2 costs and benefits: a search for clear evidence | Letters | UK news

Philip Inman asserts that “HS2 has been 15 years in the making and is the best compromise option the transport ministry and its advisers could come up with for improving the UK’s transport system” (Business view, 22 August). HS2’s problem is that it is uncompromising: it was designed to run very fast, and therefore in […]

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HS2 in doubt: review into whether rail project should proceed | UK news

HS2 in doubt: review into whether rail project should proceed | UK news

The future of the proposed High Speed 2 rail project has been thrown into further doubt after a major critic of the scheme was appointed deputy chair of a review launched by the government on Wednesday. The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, said the government needed “clear evidence” before deciding whether to go ahead. In an […]

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Thousands of UK rail travellers overcharged for not having a ticket | Money

Thousands of UK rail travellers overcharged for not having a ticket | Money

As many as 10,000 rail travellers have been overcharged after being caught and penalised for not having a valid ticket. The Rail Delivery Group (RDG), the industry body that represents private train operators as well as Network Rail, has admitted that tickets inspectors have overcharged fare-dodgers to the tune of tens of thousands of pounds […]

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Want to see the future? Take a trip on Wales’ model railway | John Harris | Opinion

Want to see the future? Take a trip on Wales’ model railway | John Harris | Opinion

As the first hints of an autumnal chill chime with a revived sense of Brexit dread, this may not seem the best time to talk about hopeful glimmers of the future. To do so with reference to Britain’s railways, moreover, might look like lunacy, given the summer’s run of headlines – about power cuts, the […]

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Fare rises will drive passengers from railway, unions warn | Business

Fare rises will drive passengers from railway, unions warn | Business

Campaigners and unions have warned that ever higher train fares risk driving passengers off the railway, as a fresh increase of about 2.9% is expected to be confirmed on Wednesday and after a decade when fares have risen at double the rate of wages. The fare rise, to take effect in January but dictated by […]

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'I never slept a wink': an ill-fated trip on the Caledonian Sleeper | UK news

‘I never slept a wink’: an ill-fated trip on the Caledonian Sleeper | UK news

When Deborah Campbell booked a ticket for the new Caledonian Sleeper, she planned to rest up in one of the service’s redesigned comfort seats ahead of a weekend in London. By the time Campbell arrived at Glasgow Central station, however, her 23.40 train had already broken down. “You were supposed to be able to board […]

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Train feels the strain: passengers slate £150m Caledonian Sleeper | UK news

Train feels the strain: passengers slate £150m Caledonian Sleeper | UK news

With luxury double rooms, en suite showers and a breakfast service which includes smoothie bowls and eggs royale, the relaunch of the renowned Caledonian Sleeper just over 100 days ago seemed to have elevated the train service to the highest standards of luxury and convenience. But since the £150m fleet of trains was introduced in […]

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