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« Reply #30 on: October 08, 2008, 04:09:57 am »

Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive Nexus has invited tenders for a ^5m contract to complete the redevelopment of Sunderland National Rail and Metro station (link below.)
http://www.transportbriefing.co.uk/story.php?id=5238

First Minister Alex Salmond has been accused of being "astonishingly silent" over his commitment to the proposed ^200million Crossrail scheme between Inverurie, Aberdeen and Stonehaven (link below.)
http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/872849?UserKey=

As part of the autumn timetable, a number of Northern Rail services will be scheduled to take a few minutes longer to account for falling leaves, enabling trains additional time on potentially hazardous stretches of rail. Particularly hit is the Oldham loop route, where changes will mean that only two services will call at Shaw and Oldham Mumps stations every hour - instead of the usual four (link below.)
http://www.railnews.co.uk/news/business/2008/10/06-leaves-nothern-rail.html

A runaway horse died on railway tracks and three people trying to catch it were put at risk of electrocution last week after railway managers refused to turn off power to the live rail (link below.)
http://railwayeye.blogspot.com/2008/10/integrated-control.html

Article links related to the Scotland rail signal staff strike.
http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/news/display.var.2457933.0.rail_chaos_as_signal_workers_begin_stoppages.php

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/7656784.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/7656893.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/7655997.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/7657523.stm
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« Reply #31 on: October 08, 2008, 11:38:24 pm »

Virgin Trains fares between Liverpool and London are being slashed to mark a new timetable (link below.)
http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-news/local-news/2008/10/07/virgin-slashes-tickets-prices-100252-21981260/

Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson will be pressed to confirm Scottish Government backing for the ^200million Aberdeen Crossrail project (link below.)
http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/874650

The King George V steam loco is set to arrive at the National Railway Museum later this week ^ but only after a tortuous journey to York from Swindon (link below.)
http://www.thepress.co.uk/news/3733554.___Royal____loco_joins_railway_museum/

The opening of Corby's rail link to London could be delayed because there are no trains for the new service (link below.)
http://www.northantset.co.uk/news/No-trains-for-new-station.4564525.jp

The planned part-privatisation of German state railway^s Deutsche Bahn Mobility and Logistics (DBML) may be postponed because of the world financial crisis (links below.)
http://www.railnews.co.uk/news/business/2008/10/07-db-privatisation.html

http://www.rmtbristol.org.uk/2008/10/crisis_puts_german_rail_ipo_in.html#more

Passengers should be main focus says ATOC Chairman at Railway Forum Annual Conference (link below.)
http://www.atoc-comms.org/dynamic/atocpress-story.php?atoc=997870

The Port of Felixstowe's rail division handled 9,111 containers in the week ending 28 September. The previous record was 8,984, in September 2007 (link below.)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/suffolk/7659103.stm

A second 24-hour Scottish rail strike due to start at midday on Thursday has been suspended (link below.)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/7657523.stm

The RMT has called for an urgent safety probe into reports that a signalling blunder at Edinburgh Waverley station on Tuesday afternoon could have resulted in a head-on collision between two passenger trains (link below.)
http://www.rmtbristol.org.uk/2008/10/rmt_calls_for_urgent_investiga_1.html#more

Railcorp will be scrapped and New South Wales train services returned to direct control of the State Government in a move Premier Nathan Rees says will improve services (link below.)
http://www.rmtbristol.org.uk/2008/10/australian_state_to_take_back.html#more

Iowa Pacific Holdings plans to reinstate all of the Weardale Railway's 18 miles of track by the end of 2009 (link below.)
http://railwayeye.blogspot.com/2008/10/visions.html
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« Reply #32 on: October 09, 2008, 10:16:34 am »

Railcorp will be scrapped and New South Wales train services returned to direct control of the State Government in a move Premier Nathan Rees says will improve services (link below.)
http://www.rmtbristol.org.uk/2008/10/australian_state_to_take_back.html#more
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« Reply #33 on: October 09, 2008, 11:28:32 pm »

More train services on the West Coast Main Line and the prospect of longer trains in the near future has prompted Network Rail to spend ^15m on new facilities at the Traincare Centre in Edge Hill, Liverpool (link below.)
http://www.transportbriefing.co.uk/story.php?id=5239

Transport policing teams are to be permanently stationed at 30 bus and rail interchanges in London following the success of Hub Team trials covering Canning Town, Wood Green and West Croydon (link below.)
http://www.transportbriefing.co.uk/story.php?id=5240

Officials have promised to 'fight tooth and nail' to get Corby's railway station open on time after the revelation there were no trains to run from it (link below.)
http://www.northantset.co.uk/news/Vow-to-secure-Corby-station.4567805.jp

Freightliner Group Ltd and GE Transportation have launched images of the new 'PowerHaul' locomotive being developed for the UK market at the InnoTrans show in Berlin (link below.)
http://www.hub-4.com/news/1415/the-first-of-its-kind

Wrexham-Bidston passengers are dumped off prematurely-terminated trains in North Wales, according to the Wrexham-Birkenhead Rail Users^ Association (link below.)
http://www.wirralglobe.co.uk/news/3735262.Rail_group_asks__Why_is_Wirral_so_poorly_served_/

The campaign for hourly direct trains between Lowestoft and London has stepped up after National Express East Anglia backed a scheme for a passing loop at Beccles (link below.)
http://new.edp24.co.uk/content/news/story.aspx?brand=EDPOnline&category=News&tBrand=edponline&tCategory=news&itemid=NOED07%20Oct%202008%2020%3A50%3A10%3A653

Construction began has begun on a high-speed rail link between Beijing and Shijiazhuang, capital of China's Hebei province (link below.)
http://www.building.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=284&storycode=3124460&c=1

A team of railway experts from the United Kingdom were impressed with Indian trains (link below.)
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Mumbai/Railways_efficiency_and_punctuality_is_impressive/articleshow/3575105.cms

St Pancras International took the top honours at the British Construction Industry Awards 2008 (link below.)
http://www.nce.co.uk/bcia/2008/10/st_pancras_wins_major_project_award.html;jsessionid=D441F90D998FBC8363300F0112A56515

Surrey County Council has pledged ^630,000 to subsidise rail travel and help teenagers continue their education (link below.)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/7661113.stm
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« Reply #34 on: October 10, 2008, 10:49:39 pm »

Article on Pendolino regenerative braking (link below.)
http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/features/Virgin-train-that-puts-its.4573328.jp

All major transport decisions should be taken out of the hands of politicians and made instead by an independent panel, Tavish Scott, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, has suggested (link below.)
http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/latestnews/Lib-Dems-Don39t-let-.4578953.jp

Commuters on Merseyrail^s packed Northern Line could see a second station built in Maghull to ease pressure on the overcrowded terminal (link below.)
http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/liverpool-news/regional-news/2008/10/09/land-swap-plan-to-create-new-station-for-maghull-64375-21996985/

North-east MSPs have turned up the pressure on the Scottish Government to back Aberdeen Crossrail (link below.)
http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/879068?UserKey=

A north-east MSP has called for integrated bus and train tickets to be introduced to encourage more use of public transport (link below.)
http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/878513

Campaigners have made fresh calls for the York to Beverley railway to be re-opened, after the latest fatality on a major road that links the city and the market town (link below.)
http://www.thepress.co.uk/news/3741124.Campaigners_in_railway_demand/

Burnley MP Kitty Ussher has discussed a fast train link from Burnley to Manchester with Andrew Adonis (link below.)
http://www.burnleyexpress.net/burnleynews/MP-to-meet-with-Railways.4571787.jp

Four graffiti vandals have been jailed after admitting causing an estimated ^50,000 of damage to trains and chaos to services in the South East (link below.)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7663352.stm

Financial market turmoil dealt a potentially fatal blow to Germany^s biggest privatisation in eight years when Berlin was forced to postpone the sale of a quarter stake in the train operating unit of Deutsche Bahn (link below.)
http://www.rmtbristol.org.uk/2008/10/berlin_delays_privatisation_of.html#more

Dutch Socialist Party article on the European railway system (link below.)
http://www.rmtbristol.org.uk/2008/10/neglected_railways_need_more_i.html#more
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« Reply #35 on: October 11, 2008, 11:08:13 pm »

Emergency services were scrambled after a freight train derailed in Jarrow (link below.)
http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/Freight-train-jumps-off-tracks.4580672.jp

Transport for London is increasing the penalty fare for non payment on its services to ^50 from 11 January 2009 (link below.)
http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/media/newscentre/10025.aspx

Boston - Wireless Internet access will soon be available on every coach traveling on the MBTA^s commuter rail lines (link below.)
http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/general/view.bg?articleid=1124793&srvc=rss

Football fans travelling to Hampden for Scotland's crucial World Cup qualifier against Norway faced travel disruption due to rail works related to the new Airdrie-Bathgate rail link (link below.)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/7663785.stm

Consultancy firm Deloitte has admitted that the loss of a laptop containing BSkyB staff pension details also included information about pension scheme members from Network Rail and British Transport Police (link below.)
http://www.vnunet.com/computing/news/2228038/deloitte-laptop-loss-spreads

Northern Rail has announced that its drivers in the North West have suspended plans for strike action for Monday and a normal timetable will be in operation (link below.)
http://www.crainsmanchesterbusiness.co.uk/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081010/FREE/810109969/1070/rss01&rssfeed=rss01
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« Reply #36 on: October 12, 2008, 09:28:07 pm »

Article on extra carriages for Transpennine Express (link below.)
http://www.thepress.co.uk/news/3748711.Longer_trains_for_commuters/

Engineers had to work into the evening to lower parts of the new Corby railway station into place (link below.)
http://www.northantset.co.uk/news/Corby-station-arrives.4582994.jp

The Clun Road railway bridge in Craven Arms is being gritblasted to remove any rust, graffiti or flyposters before being repainted. The B4368 is closed until the early hours of Monday to allow the work to take place (link below.)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/shropshire/7665272.stm
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« Reply #37 on: October 12, 2008, 09:35:01 pm »

Thanks, Lee!

The 'unsightly' bridge at Nailsea & Backwell station should be on the list for a bit of gritblasting, please, Network Rail!  Wink
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William Huskisson MP was the first person to be killed by a train while crossing the tracks, in 1830.  Many more have died in the same way since then.  Don't take a chance: stop, look, listen.

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« Reply #38 on: October 13, 2008, 10:23:34 am »

Related FOSBR links.
http://www.fosbr.org.uk/magazine.php?magid=0000000143

http://www.fosbr.org.uk/news.php?newsid=0000000169
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« Reply #39 on: October 13, 2008, 09:34:06 pm »

The signalling blunder story interests me. How could a modern signalling system let that happen? Surely it wouldn't permit a signaller to set two conflicting routes?
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« Reply #40 on: October 14, 2008, 01:14:13 am »

The Chair of the Commons Transport Select Committee has said the cost of rail travel may price passengers off the Railway (link below.)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7664938.stm

Crossrail is set to receive ^100m from property developers after Tower Hamlets council granted planning consent for the Wood Wharf development in London's Docklands district. The money will be used to pay for construction of the Isle of Dogs Crossrail station and is part of a planning agreement worth ^153m, including a private developer section 106 contribution (link below.)
http://www.transportbriefing.co.uk/story.php?id=5249

SPT identifiers are to be removed from trains and stations (link below.)
http://www.rmtbristol.org.uk/2008/10/scotlands_rail_transport_is_mo.html#more

Deutsche Bahn DBN.UL is assessing the sale of stakes in its DB Mobility Logistics unit to institutional investors in private placements, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has reported (link below.)
http://www.rmtbristol.org.uk/2008/10/deutsche_bahn_mulls_private_sh.html#more

The first train to originate in Skipton and go all the way through to Colne for 38 years will run on 7 December 2008 (link below.)
http://www.selrap.org.uk/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=97

An MSP has called for the new Tweedbank station to be renamed Abbotsford in recognition of the area's link to Sir Walter Scott (link below.)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/south_of_scotland/7667289.stm
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« Reply #41 on: October 14, 2008, 11:39:17 pm »

An underfunded transport network is threatening Wales' ability to sustain economic growth, a report says. Although the report welcomed improvements to north-south train services, it said more money was needed to allow rail capacity to meet rising demand (link below.)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/7667599.stm

Rail passengers face longer journeys as train operators adjust their timetables to allow for leaves on the line (links below.)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/3189566/Trains-delayed-as-autumn-leaves-on-the-line-timetable-comes-into-force.html

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23571942-details/It%27s+autumn+and+leaves+on+the+line+delay+trains+again/article.do

Liverpool South Parkway station is now being used by more than 26,000 passengers a week - more than double the patronage of Garston and Allerton - the two stations it replaced (link below.)
http://www.transportbriefing.co.uk/story.php?id=5253

The Sittingbourne and Kemsley light railway is due to close on 26 December, and an early pre-stressed concrete viaduct destroyed, unless parts of the land can be protected from redevelopment into a shopping centre (links below.)
http://www.nce.co.uk/news/2008/10/heritage_railway_under_threat_from_developer.html;jsessionid=2BFC433073384CA9F3DF80F83A822CC7

http://railwayeye.blogspot.com/2008/10/finn-soup.html

The RMT is to seek an apology from transport police after two track workers arrested in connection with the Grayrigg crash and kept under caution for eleven months were finally cleared today (links below.)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cumbria/7670182.stm

http://railwayeye.blogspot.com/2008/10/freed.html

A report commissioned by the South East Scotland Transport Partnership said there was an economic case for re-introducing Levenmouth rail services (link below.)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/7670217.stm
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« Reply #42 on: October 15, 2008, 09:34:32 am »

Campaign for Better Transport have sent a letter to chief executives of all county councils, unitary authorities, metropolitan borough councils and PTEs in England (excluding London) regarding the RFA2 process (link below.)
http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/system/files/RFA_letter_to_authorities_1.pdf

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RFA2 can be used for capital spending on a wide range of public transport schemes

^ Bus schemes ^ infrastructure costs, such as bus stops and bus lanes
^ Buying buses
^ Tram schemes ^ infrastructure costs
^ Buying trams
^ Reopening/opening a railway line
^ Reopening/opening a railway station
^ Railway junction/signalling improvements
^ Buying train carriages to provide new or more frequent services
^ Buying train carriages to lengthen trains ^ and reduce overcrowding
^ Improving/building public transport interchanges

Rail improvements can include passenger and freight schemes. Schemes must be additional to those already included in the Government^s plan for the railways from 2009-14, the High Level Output Specification. Additional subsidy costs resulting from new rail schemes would need to be met from existing revenue budgets.

The Department is willing to consider authorities^ plans to have new train carriages funded, but there are risks associated with this so you will need to obtain further advice from them.
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« Reply #43 on: October 15, 2008, 12:03:11 pm »

Here we go again with journalists making easy copy out of the leaf-fall situation and a travelling public seemingly baffled by a fairly sensible scientific explanation from Network Rail. I expect my non-railway mates will have a pop at me down the pub this weekend again!
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« Reply #44 on: October 15, 2008, 01:16:02 pm »

thanks fo rthese round ups Lee.  As usual an interesting mix of stories
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