Archive for the ‘Rail News’ Category

Virgin Trains lose West Coast rail franchise to First Group

TweetVirgin Trains has lost its bid to continue running rail services on the West Coast Main Line from London to Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow and will be replaced by the UK’s largest rail operator, FirstGroup. FirstGroup had been widely speculated to be the front runner to win the franchise after offering the highest bid. In [...]

No services from/to London Euston after freight train derailment at Bletchley on WCML

TweetA freight train has derailed on the West Coast Main Line near Bletchley this morning – Friday 3rd February. Major disruption to Virgin Trains and London Midland services in particular, will continue until further notice. There are NO London Midland and Virgin trains services between Milton Keynes Central and London Euston this morning. All passengers [...]

HS2 high speed rail route given go ahead by Government

TweetA controversial new high-speed rail line (HS2) between London and Birmingham has been given the go-ahead by the Government. The first phase of High Speed Two (HS2) could be up and running by 2026, with options to extend it later into northern England. Transport Secretary Justine Greening announced that extra tunnelling would take place along [...]

Rail delays around Ely on Thursday 5th January

TweetAn obstruction on the line is causing disruption near Thetford. There are delays of up to 45 minutes to trains between Ely and Norwich. These delays will continue until further notice. In addition, Overhead wire problems are causing disruption near Littleport. Because of this, the following alterations will apply until further notice: A train service [...]

Scotrail services disrupted due to weather on Thursday 5th January

TweetFollowing the poor weather conditions on Tuesday 3 January, the following Scotrail services will continue to be disrupted today, Thursday 5 January: Inverness – Perth: Services are being disrupted due to a tree on the line at Dunkeld. Dalmuir – Larkhall: There is currently no train service between these stations. Customers should travel on alternative [...]

Major delays through Leighton Buzzard after person struck by train

TweetA person has been hit by a train at Leighton Buzzard on Thursday 5th January 2012. As a result journeys between London Euston / Shepherds Bush and Milton Keynes Central may be delayed by up to 90 minutes. These delays will continue until approximately 15:00 today. Ticket Acceptance London Midland customers can use London Overground [...]

Weather causing disruption to services throughout Southern England

TweetPoor weather conditions and high winds are causing disruption in Southern and Western parts of England today, Thursday 5th January 2012. Due to the wind, a number of trees and other objects are obstructing rail lines at various locations in the South and West of England. In addition, a broken down train is causing disruption [...]

Rail Industry figures in New Years Honours List

TweetThe following rail industry figures have received honours in the 2012 New Years Honours List Kulvinder BASSI. Community Rail Team Leader, Department for Transport. Philip John THICKETT. Lately Area Operations Manager East, Northern Rail. For Services to the Rail Industry.

Bombardier win £188m contract for new Southern trains

TweetDerby trainmaker Bombardier has been awarded a £188m contract from Southern for the construction of 130 new carriages. The deal was part-funded with an £80m government subsidy. The Department for Transport was criticised when it previously chose German rival Siemens instead of Bombardier as preferred bidder for the £1.4bn Thameslink rail contract. It is hoped [...]

Boxing Day Train Services – Monday 26th December 2011

TweetThere are only a limited number of train services operating on Boxing Day – we have provided details below: LONDON UNDERGROUND – Aslef have announced their intention to strike on Boxing Day, so it is not currently known what level of service (if any) will be operating on London Underground on Boxing Day 2011 Arriva [...]

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