transport
Trains in General Hit Lowest Performance Levels in 20 Years

Stats charting the lateness and reliability-ness of the UK rail network show it hit a shameful milestone this summer, with the overall reliability of the nationwide train system hitting a 20-year low. Read More >>

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Northern Rail Network Asked Not to Bin its Guards

The crisis of the day on the rail network is another admin nightmare for the Northern franchise, which has been told to back down on its plans to run services with only a driver onboard. Read More >>

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Waterloo Station Has Hired A Hawk

Non-fare-paying pigeons have been causing a nuisance at London Waterloo station, leading Network Rail to hire a Harris hawk to scare them off. Read More >>

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Eurotunnel Turns Hoses on Dogs and Kids as Heat Breaks its Trains

Here's a classic bit of UK infrastructure news: the air conditioning on the Channel Tunnel trains isn't working very well because it's too hot. Hence thousands of angry people are hoovering up the mobile internet in the Folkestone area and complaining about massive delays in getting the family off to France. Read More >>

transport
Engineers Imagine London-Orbital High-Speed Rail Line HS4Air

Engineers thinking of ways to make travel around London less of a nightmare for their children's children have come up with a concept they call HS4Air – a high-speed rail link that connects the south of the city to rail links in the north and that big airport to the west, building a rail equivalent of the M25 in layout at least. Read More >>

transport
HS2 Cost Rises by £2m to Buy Trees

The government is putting another couple of million into the cash pile that's to pay for HS2, with a plan to build what it calls a "Green Corridor" along parts of the line seeing the planting of millions of trees. Read More >>

transport
Government Suggests Hiding Trains to Beat Overcrowding

The Department for Transport has hit upon a genius method of solving some patches of train overcrowding. It is not more trains. It is not longer trains. It is not making trains worse so people would rather walk 14 miles in the rain or buy a car. It is, incredibly, hiding packed trains from the public so they can't and don't get on. Read More >>

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Cheap Advance Train Tickets Could Go in Massive Industry Shake Up

A group of men sipping tea from chipped Intercity mugs are bored of being told that buying a train ticket is too complicated a task, so have decided it's time to simplify the process. Which is lovely, although one idea they're putting forward won't go down well -- binning advance tickets. Read More >>

transport
Government Tells Network Rail to Put Down the Chain Saws

Network Rail thought it was on to a winner with its tree maintenance programme, because it's had enough of people banging on about leaves on the line for the last 30 years and is taking steps to stop it happening any more -- by cutting down trees. Problem is, people actually like trees and are a bit horrified at how rapidly rail bosses appear to be cutting them down. Read More >>

transport
A 24-Hour Train Network is on Network Rail’s Ideas List

The head of Network Rail is bracing himself for a flurry of requests from rail franchises to start operating 24-hour services, as the thrill of London's all-night tube service is set to spread. Read More >>

transport
Trains Skip Stops to Game Punctuality Tables

The rail franchises have discovered an amazing new punctuality hack that lets them pretend everything is running to schedule -- skipping stops on the line. This happened on over 52,500 services last year, as rail companies attempted to keep the trains at least within laughing distance of what the timetables promise. Read More >>

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Driver Temporarily Relegated to Doorman Role as First Self-Driving Train Launches

The UK's first "driverless" overground/mainline train has performed some semi-autonomous duties out there on the live lines, with Thameslink letting a train use an automated system to accelerate and brake while traversing the clogged arteries of the London rail network. Read More >>

transport
Government Plans a Private Railway for London

The government's had an idea about how to build railways on the cheap in London — get a private company to pay for it. That's the idea at this stage, anyway, with the transport department thinking that a new direct line linking south-ish terminal Waterloo to Heathrow is appealing and potentially lucrative enough to encourage a private company to put up the billions it would cost. Read More >>

transport
Train Station Toilet Charges Axed From 2019

All train stations managed by Network Rail will see the joy of free toilets restored from 2019, as the outgoing chief executive tries to return a bit of dignity to the art of travelling by rail. Read More >>

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More Trains Might Mean the End of the Rail Timetable

The boss of Network Rail has had an idea: no one can complain about trains not keeping to timetables if there aren't any timetables. At least, that's what might be behind his bonkers suggestion that train timetables could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to... more trains. Read More >>