The Permanent Way review – if only Hare's study of railway chaos had dated | Stage

The Permanent Way review – if only Hare’s study of railway chaos had dated | Stage

‘We have ended up with a very dysfunctional and flawed system.” So said the transport secretary this week speaking of the railways. But if Grant Shapps wonders why things are so bad, he should rush to see this excellent revival of David Hare’s 2003 documentary play, which reminds us that it was the bungled privatisation […]

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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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Clearance of ancient woodlands for HS2 to be halted until review | UK news

Clearance of ancient woodlands for HS2 to be halted until review | UK news

Clearances of ancient woodlands for HS2 must be paused until an independent review of the £88bn high-speed line is delivered, the government has said. However, clearances deemed absolutely necessary to avoid major costs and impacts on the construction schedule can still go ahead, the Department for Transport said. The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, told HS2 […]

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If ministers want to rebalance the economy, they must scrap HS2 | Larry Elliott | UK news

If ministers want to rebalance the economy, they must scrap HS2 | Larry Elliott | UK news

The future of HS2, Britain’s most ambitious infrastructure project, is hanging by a thread after the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, announced a delay of up to five years to complete its first phase, accompanied by a massive increase in the estimated cost. For the beleaguered construction sector, the timing could hardly have been worse. Orders […]

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‘One big family’: steam railways seek next generation of drivers | UK news

‘One big family’: steam railways seek next generation of drivers | UK news

Nathan Au began volunteering on the Swanage railway at the age of 17. Ten years on, he is a fully fledged driver and he loves being at the controls of the great steam and diesel engines that trundle through the Dorset countryside. “It’s lovely to work on these really elegant old heritage machines,” he said. […]

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Camden stabbing: police investigate fatal incident in London | UK news

Boy aged 12 dies from injuries after electric shock on railway track | UK news

A boy injured when he came into contact with overhead power lines on a railway track a week ago has died. The 12-year-old was being treated for severe electric shock after the incident in Glasgow last Sunday. He died in hospital on Saturday night, British Transport Police (BTP) said. Insp Alasdair McWhirter said: “This is […]

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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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Sacramento train derailment leaves 27 injured

Sacramento train derailment leaves 27 injured

Thirteen people were taken to trauma hospitals after a maintenance and a passenger train collided in northern California Authorities say more than two dozen people have been injured in a light rail train derailment in northern California. Capt Keith Wade of Sacramento fire department told news outlets that 27 people were injured, including 13 people […]

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HS2: how far has work got, and why might it be scrapped? | UK news

HS2: how far has work got, and why might it be scrapped? | UK news

Why is Britain building HS2? Booming numbers of passengers on the railways from the late 1990s saw the industry and Whitehall looking for ways to increase capacity. A brand-new high-speed line running north-south was seen as the most efficient way to deliver more intercity services, with least disruption, and free up more space for commuter […]

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