HS2 high speed rail route given go ahead by Government

A 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 the 90-mile (140km) first phase of the route in response to environmental concerns.

Opponents to HS2 dispute government claims that HS2 will deliver benefits worth up to £47bn, at costs of about £33bn.

The first phase of the project is planned to cut London-Birmingham journey times, on 225mph trains, to 49 minutes.

The second phase would branch into two routes reaching Manchester and Leeds by about 2033.

Connections to existing lines should then enable journey times between London, and Edinburgh and Glasgow, to be reduced to just three-and-a-half hours.

Ms Greening said the line was "the most significant transport infrastructure project since the building of the motorways".

The government estimates that the project could eventually result in a reduction of 9 million road journeys and 4.5 million plane journeys every year.

"HS2 is therefore an important part of transport’s low-carbon future," Ms Greening said.

Revisions to the route had halved the number of homes at risk, as well as reducing by a third the number expected to experience increased noise.

There will be new or extended tunnels at: Amersham (Buckinghamshire), Ruislip (north-west London), Greatworth (Northamptonshire), Turweston (Buckinghamshire), Chipping Warden and Aston le Walls (Northamptonshire), Wendover (Buckinghamshire) and Long Itchington Wood (Warwickshire).

Protest groups formed to oppose the scheme say the planned route crosses an area of outstanding natural beauty and it will damage the environment.

Rail delays around Ely on Thursday 5th January

An 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 is operating between Kings Lynn and Downham Market.

Trains depart Downham Market at 10 and 40 minutes past the hour, trains depart Kings Lynn at 29 and 59 minutes past the hour.

Buses are replacing trains between Downham Market and Ely

Kings Lynn – London Kings Cross services are operating between Ely and London Kings Cross only.

Passengers may use CrossCountry services to travel between Peterborough, Ely and Cambridge

As a result of the above, journeys may be extended by up to 90 minutes.

Scotrail services disrupted due to weather on Thursday 5th January

Following 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 trains to/from Motherwell, and buses are running between Motherwell and Larkhall. This is expected to continue until the end of service tonight.

Helensburgh Central – Edinburgh: Services between Helensburgh Central and Edinburgh will start from and terminate at Dumbarton Central. A replacement bus service will operate between Helensburgh Central and Dumbarton Central. This is expected to continue until the end of service tonight.

Milngavie – Motherwell / Lanark: Trains are being diverted and are unable to call at Newton, Blantyre, Hamilton West, Hamilton Central, Airbles and Holytown. Replacement buses will operate between Motherwell and Newton via Hamilton. This is expected to continue until the end of service this evening.

West Highland Line (Oban / Mallaig / Fort William): West Highland Line trains will start from and terminate at Crianlarich. A connecting bus service will operate between Glasgow Queen Street and Crianlarich. This is expected to continue until the end of service today.

Crossmyloof station: Trains from Glasgow Central to East Kilbride and Barrhead will NOT call at Crossmyloof because of damage to the station. Trains from Barrhead and East Kilbride to Glasgow will call at Crossmyloof as scheduled. Passengers should use the help point or speak to station staff for alternative travel arrangements.

Major delays through Leighton Buzzard after person struck by train

A 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 services between London Euston and Watford Junction.

Southern customers can use London Midland trains on all reasonable routes.

Virgin Trains customers can use the following alternative routes:

* Chiltern Railways services between London and Birmingham via Banbury
* East Coast services between London Kings Cross and Leeds to connect with First TransPennine Express / Northern Rail services
* East Midlands Trains services between London St Pancras International and Leicester / Derby / Sheffield to connect with CrossCountry trains
* First Great Western trains between London Paddington and Bristol Parkway / Newport to connect with CrossCountry / Arriva Trains Wales services

London Overground trains between London Euston and Watford Junction are NOT affected by this disruption.

Weather causing disruption to services throughout Southern England

Poor 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 at Mortimer.

The following alterations will apply until further notice:

CrossCountry

Journeys between Bournemouth and Southampton Central may be delayed by up to 20 minutes

First Great Western

Journeys through Fareham may be delayed by up to 45 minutes
Train services between Chilworth and Gomshall may be delayed by up to 20 minutes
Train services between Southampton Central and Salisbury may be delayed by up to 20 minutes
Train services between Westbury and Castle Cary may be delayed by up to 33 minutes

Southern

Train services between Arundel and Horsham are being delayed by up to 30 minutes

South West Trains

Journeys through Fareham may be delayed by up to 30 minutes
Train services between Southampton Central and Salisbury via Romsey may be delayed by up to 30 minutes

Rail Industry figures in New Years Honours List

The 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

Derby 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 the new contract from Southern will help secure Bombardier’s future in Derby.

Bombardier announced 1,400 job cuts after losing out on the Thameslink deal in June.

Transport Secretary Justine Greening said: "This deal for more than 100 new carriages is great news for rail passengers and brilliant news for Bombardier and Derby. This deal, helped along by my department, shows my determination to invest in Britain’s railways."

Southern operates services in south London, Surrey, Sussex and Kent.

The new carriages will enter service from December 2013.

Boxing Day Train Services – Monday 26th December 2011

There 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 Train Wales – No service
c2c – No service
Chiltern Railways – No service
Cross Country – No service
East Coast – No service
East Midlands Trains – No service
Eurostar – Trains will start later in the day than normal, then a normal weekday service will operate
First Capital Connect – No service
First Great Western – No service
First Hull Trains – No service
First TransPennine Express – No service
Gatwick Express – A half hourly train service will operate, starting at 05:00 from London Victoria and 06:20 from Gatwick Airport. Last trains are at 22:00 from London Victoria and 22:50 from Gatwick Airport
Grand Central – No service
Heathrow Express – No service but a bus service will operate every 20 minutes between London Paddington and Heathrow Airport.
Heathrow Connect – No service but a frequent bus service provided by Heathrow Connect will operate between London Paddington and Heathrow Airport. Heathrow Connect fares will apply on this bus service.
Island Line – No service
London Midland – No service
London Overground – No service
Merseyrail – No service
National Express East Anglia – No service
Stansted Express – Service operates after 06:00 from Tottenham Hale to Stansted Airport only
Northern Rail – No service
ScotRail – The following train services will run between approximately 09:30 and 23:30:

- A special half-hourly service between Croy and Cumbernauld, calling at Lenzie, Bishopbriggs, Springburn, Stepps, Gartcosh and Greenfaulds.
- A half-hourly service between Milngavie and Springburn via Glasgow Queen Street.
- A Sunday service will operate between Helensburgh Central and Bathgate via Glasgow Queen Street.
- A Sunday service will operate between Balloch / Milngavie / Lanark / Larkhall / Motherwell via Glasgow Queen Street / Glasgow Central.
A Sunday service will operate between Glasgow Central and Kilmarnock.
- An hourly service will operate between Glasgow Central and Whifflet (until approximately 17:30).
- A Sunday service will operate between Glasgow Central and East Kilbride.
- A Sunday service will operate between Glasgow Central and Neilston / Newton / Cathcart.
- An hourly service will operate between Glasgow Central and Shotts (until approximately 18:00).

Because of engineering works, buses will replace trains between Glasgow Central and Wemyss Bay / Gourock / Ardrossan / Largs / Ayr / Girvan.

There are no other ScotRail services on Boxing Day.
South West Trains – No service
Southeastern – No service
Southern – The following train services will run on Boxing Day. There are no services running on any other routes:

London Victoria to Gatwick Airport / Brighton:
Departing at 45 minutes past each hour from London, between 08:45 and 20:45 – These trains will call at Clapham Junction, East Croydon, Gatwick Airport, Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill.
Brighton / Gatwick Airport to London Victoria:
Departing at 42 minutes past each hour from Brighton, between 09:42 and 20:42. – These trains will call at Clapham Junction, East Croydon, Gatwick Airport, Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill.

London Victoria to Sutton (Surrey) via Selhurst & West Croydon:
Departing at 43 and 13 minutes past each hour from London, between 08:43 and 20:13.
Sutton (Surrey) to London Victoria via West Croydon and Selhurst:
Departing at 53 and 23 minutes past each hour from Sutton, between 08:53 and 20:23.

London Victoria to East Croydon via Selhurst:
Departing at 58 and 28 minutes past each hour from London, between 08:58 and 20:28.
East Croydon to London Victoria via Selhurst:
Departing at 48 and 18 minutes past each hour from East Croydon, between 08:48 and 20:18.
Please note that because of engineering work, a bus service will also run between Balham and Selhurst / East Croydon via Crystal Palace, connecting with these trains to/from London Victoria.
Trains will not be calling at Three Bridges (trains were originally planned to call, but the station will now be closed on Boxing Day). A replacement bus service will run to/from Gatwick Airport to connect with the London Victoria-Brighton trains.

Virgin Trains – No service

All train services in and out of London Waterloo cancelled until further notice

Debris has fallen from a bridge between London Waterloo and Queenstown Road Battersea and as a result no services are operating between these two stations until further notice.

South West Trains services will start and terminate at Queenstown Road Battersea or Clapham junction where possible
South West Trains services between London Waterloo and Hampton Court will start and terminate from Surbiton

Ticket Acceptance

South West Trains passengers may use:

London Buses on any reasonable route
First Great Western services between Guildford and Reading, Windsor & Eton Central and Slough and Reading and London Paddington

For further details, please visit the South West Trains website

Severe delays on services from and to London Waterloo

Emergency engineering works are taking place at London Waterloo which have resulted in the closure of Platforms 1 to 4.

As a result, many services to and from London Waterloo are subject to delays and cancellations.

The following alterations will apply until further notice:

London Waterloo – Shepperton

Trains between Shepperton and London Waterloo are only running between Shepperton and Kingston. South West Trains passengers should change at Kingston for trains to and from London Waterloo.

London Waterloo – Hampton Court

Trains between Hampton Court and London Waterloo are only running between Hampton Court and Surbiton. South West Trains passengers should change at Surbiton for a train to / from London Waterloo.

London Waterloo – Dorking

London Waterloo to Dorking services at departing London Waterloo at 24 and 54 minutes past the hour have been cancelled.

Dorking to London Waterloo services departing Dorking at 05 and 35 minutes past the hour have been cancelled.

Passengers wishing to travel to and from Dorking should use services between London Waterloo and Epsom, and change at Epsom to a Southern service to / from Dorking.

London Waterloo – Salisbury

London Waterloo to Salisbury services departing at 50 minutes past each hour are starting from Basingstoke. Passengers from London Waterloo for Salisbury should use the London Waterloo to Poole services departing at 39 minutes past each hour from London Waterloo and change at Basingstoke.

Salisbury to London Waterloo services departing from Salisbury at 47 minutes past each hour are terminating at Basingstoke. Passengers will need to change at Basingstoke for trains to London Waterloo.

Travel to / from Berrylands, New Malden and Raynes Park

As a result of these alterations, the normal train services will not call at Berrylands, New Malden and Raynes Park. Instead, some trains between Guildford and London Waterloo will call additionally at these stations.

Other South West Trains routes

The planned train service is currently running on all other South West Trains routes but with some delays.

For further details, please visit the South West Trains website

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