An investigation into ticket machines at National Rail stations has found that many are effectively concealing cheaper fares and that different operators are not consistent. The fundings, published by the Daily Telegraph, have received swift support from user groups and the Commons transport select committee, whose chairman Louise Ellman said: "The industry needs to put things right and if it does not, the Government must get involved. Passengers are being treated unfairly and being forced to spend more than they should.”
Railfreight plan for expanded Sheerness
A plan published today to expand and develop the port at Sheerness in Kent includes proposals for motor vehicles to be taken by train between Sheerness and Liverpool.
Green light for HS3 marks major shift in government policy
A major shift in government policy on devolution to city regions was heralded today when Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced he was setting up ‘Transport for the North’ and that next month he will announce plans for transferring powers to regional cities. Transport for the North will be like Transport for London, he said, ensuring there is a coherent transport policy. TfN will take on developing plans for HS3 – a new high speed east-west line across the Pennines linking northern cities with both northern arms of HS2.
HS3 case strengthens as new report sets out options
The Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer have both given significant support to plans for HS3 – a new high speed east-west line across the Pennines linking northern cities with both northern arms of HS2 – and the Chancellor has announced a new devolved body to oversee developments. Journey times between Leeds and Manchester could be almost halved under proposals published today by HS2 Ltd chairman David Higgins, while he is also backing an HS2 hub at Crewe as one of several recommendations about the route of HS2 Phase 2.
Up, up and still upwards: passenger figures rise again
Growth in rail travel has outpaced the strengthening economy and rising employment levels over the last six months, according to new figures from the industry-wide Rail Delivery Group. The growth in rail travel between April and September follows a total of almost 1.6 billion journeys in 2013/14, and the latest totals are now reaching levels not recorded in peacetime since the 1920s. But speculation continues that Network Rail's budget for Control Period 5 will not be sufficient, and that some electrification schemes may lag.
'Crucial' HS2 supply chain summit in Manchester
The construction industry is being advised to prepare for one of the world's largest projects -- the construction of HS2. The first phase between London and the West Midlands, and possibly onwards to Crewe or Stoke, will involve contracts worth £10 billion. 800 delegates from around 500 firms will converge on Manchester Central conference centre today to hear from HS2 Ltd about what will be needed from industry. The transport secretary is describing today's event as 'crucial'.
Station upgrade boosted local jobs and property
Employment around Sheffield station increased by 2,800 as a result of the Sheffield Station Gateway project, and property values by two-thirds. according to evidence submitted to a parliamentary committee. Investment of £74 million from other sources would have been required to achieve such employment growth – but the Sheffield station project, at £25 million, cost only a third of this.