David Statham has been named as Southeastern's new managing director. He will replace Charles Horton, who is taking the reins at the new Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise. The appointment means that the two franchises have essentially swapped managing directors, and also involves a move for David from FirstGroup to Govia.
Northern and TransPennine shortlists revealed
The Department for Transport has published the shortlists for the next Northern and TransPennine Express franchises, which are due to be awarded in Octiober 2015 and start in the following April. It said the bidders will 'be expected to show how they will make the most of the government’s £1billion investment programme for the rail network in the north of England, which will provide faster and more reliable journeys, more capacity, better trains and improved connections for passengers across the region'.
'No decision yet' on January's fare changes
The announcement today of the Retail Price Index for July has been seen as a key indicator of how much rail fares are likely to rise in January. Demonstrations against the expected increase are taking place outside more than 40 major stations this morning. The RPI for July is traditionally used as the benchmark, but it is not yet known what the exact formula will be for 2015.
Private sector operators challenge nationalisation
A senior industry figure has spoken out against Labour's recently-agreed proposals to allow the government to compete for future franchises. The Department for Transport currently runs intercity services on the East Coast Main Line via its subsidiary Directly Operated Railways, but this operation is set to return to the private sector in March next year. Unions and transport campaigners have been pointing to the level of premiums paid by East Coast since National Express surrendered the contract in 2009 and arguing that the taxpayer has been gaining from nationalisation, but the government has remained firm.
Ealing Broadway Crossrail plans approved
Proposals for a major upgrade of Ealing Broadway station as part of Crossrail have been approved by planners. The new station will have a long, curved canopy running the length of the forecourt that Crossrail said 'will reflect the prominence and importance of the station building'. The dated fašade will be replaced with a new glass structure.
Northern off-peak tickets decision arouses anger
A ban on off-peak tickets during evening peaks to be imposed by Northern Rail has been caused by the Department for Transport's insistence that the franchise earns more revenue, it has emerged. The decision, which takes effect next month, has been bitterly criticised by transport campaigners and also the RMT union, which has described the move as a 'taste of what's to come'.
Soldiers commemorated at Waterloo
A group of men wearing army uniforms of one hundred years ago has marched across the concourse at London Waterloo to commemorate the major mobilisation of men and equipment which started as war was declared in August 1914. The parade at Waterloo was followed by a journey to Southampton, which was the chief point of embarkation for the front in France. By the end of August, Southampton had handled more than 600 military special trains carrying more than 100,000 soldiers.