transport
Vandalised Model Railway Club Pulls in Enough Donations to Launch Mainline Franchise

You may have seen Market Deeping Model Railway Club in the news over the weekend, after some of those "youths" we are routinely menaced by broke into the club's hall and smashed up an entire installation of scores of people's beloved model rail lines and miniature trains. Read More >>

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Unruly Trainspotters Endanger Future of Flying Scotsman Runs

Rail operator Network Rail has warned that the fun may soon end for steam enthusiasts, thanks to aggressive trainspotters getting too near the tracks whenever their beloved restored old Flying Scotsman powers through. Read More >>

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Irritating Drone Owners Warned to Keep Their Toys Away From Trains Too

Drone owners have found a new way to annoy the rest of the population; bothering trains now too. This development is being talked about in serious voice fashion by Network Rail and British Transport Police, who say a rogue pilot endangered the timely running of a heritage service as it ran between Farnborough and Woking earlier this month. Read More >>

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Virgin Wants Plane-Style Tickets and Departure Slots for All Trains

Virgin Trains has submitted some ideas to the government on how the futures of all our trains might be better organised, ideas which it says are all about improving the services. Services that Virgin probably won't be providing any more. Read More >>

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HS2’s Already Burned £600m on Buying Houses and Gardens to Flatten Out

The HS2 rail project has been busy handing out the money to smooth its passage through the country, with the first wave of land purchases along the proposed route costing the line, and therefore the nation, around £600m. Read More >>

transport
Helium Balloons are the New Rail Infrastructure Scapegoats

There's a new Bad Thing About Balloons in town, and this one's not wildlife related. Railway manager Network Rail says it's seeing increasing numbers of delays caused by bunches of balloons getting tangled in power lines, as our love of the floaty things shows no sign of dying, even though they're rapidly becoming an environmental no-no too. Read More >>

transport
Last of the Big Train Stations Remove Toilet Charges

The turnstiles at three more national rail terminals have been set to infinite/free rotation, as Network Rail completes its plan to stop charging silly money for toilet access at key mainline sites. Parents waiting two hours for a train with a child rejoice. Read More >>

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HS2 Has Already Spent £5.5bn

Developers of HS2 have already managed to spend £5.5bn on the next big thing in UK railways, and that's before any of the important work is done like... the building of the railway. And the... getting of the trains. And the... construction of the stations. Read More >>

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Government Sources Say Cancelling HS2 is Still an Option

A Channel 4 hatchet job on the HS2 project is set to air tonight, with the Dispatches team quoting sources within the government who warn that the cost may soon be considered so high that the entire thing may be binned – or perhaps terminated once the first stretch of the new rail line reaches Birmingham. HS 0.5 they could call that. Read More >>

transport
PAYG Travel for National Rail on the Cards for 2020

The government has opened a new public consultation on What To Do About Train Tickets?, with one of the key proposed ideas being a national launch of a tap in/out PAYG travel system, as used to such success in the barriers and stations of London's transport network. Read More >>

transport
Rail Passengers Join in the Fun of Striking Today

People who rely on trains for their daily getting about the place chores are protesting today, in an attempt to make a bit of noise about the ever increasing cost of buying train tickets in the UK. Read More >>

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Rail Franchises Begin GPS-Tagging Trains for Better Running Info

A select few rail franchises are to start publishing GPS data that offers more accurate tracking of trains, giving all the apps that pull in official data feeds a much better picture of how the services are running. Read More >>

transport
Virgin Gets Another Year on the West Coast Mainline

The Virgin Trains running up the middle and vaguely western edge of the country have been allowed to carry on doing exactly that for another year, with the Department for Transport signing an extension to the current franchise deal. Read More >>

transport
Whistleblowers Say HS2 Bosses Misled the Government on Costs

Panorama is about to give HS2 a bit of a kicking on the BBC tonight, as it's secured the services of a couple of former staff members prepared to go on the record to say that the costs of the new high-speed line were amateurishly estimated, to such an extent that the process was tantamount to misleading the government. Read More >>

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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 >>