transport
Boris Johnson Declares War on Underground Train Drivers and Demands a Driverless Future

The prime minister has fired a warning shot over the offices of Transport for London, threatening the London body's funding with a veto unless it agrees to speed up the transition of the Underground network to a driverless system. Read More >>

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Rail Industry Promises Longer Trains for Easier Social Distancing Upon Return

The rail industry sees you shitting yourself about going near a train again, and has preempted our national angst by introducing a Safer Travel Pledge to reassure everyone that standing armpit-to-armpit with others on the daily commuter run will be perfectly safe. Read More >>

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Transport Secretary Hints of a Tearing-Up of Rail Franchise Rules in September

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has been coming across all mysterious and enigmatic, and this time it's not as a cover for having no idea what is going on. He does know what's going on, but isn't saying. Read More >>

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Hydrogen Train Calls at Whitehall for £400,000 More Development Money

The HydroFLEX hydrogen-powered train that's been in development for quite a few years already has received another lump of government money, this time a £400,000 investment via the InnovateUK First of a Kind programme to fund the final steps in readying the final-final-v2.8c-actually-ready full production design and finished article. Read More >>

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HS2 Construction Begins… Again

Some little box has been ticked within government to say that the full-on construction of HS2 may now begin, even though vast chunks of terminal sites have already been flattened in preparation for the on/off high-speed rail line. Read More >>

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Ancient Midland Mainline Announcements on Spotify Give You That Lost Commuter Buzz

Bored people missing the work commute have found some calming audio on Spotify, as someone managed to bend the rules enough to get 29 minutes of Midland Mainline onboard announcements up on the streaming music service. Read More >>

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Coronavirus Pandemic Causes ‘Inevitable’ Crossrail Delay, Says Sadiq Khan

If the Crossrail project is getting inexplicably delayed during normal circumstances, you can bet your arse it's going to be pushed back in the midst of a global pandemic. Read More >>

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UK Rail Network Temporarily Nationalised From Today

Yet another incredible and enormous and previously unthinkable political manoeuvre has been performed in a matter of days – making running a country look easy when needs must – as the government has effectively nationalised the UK's railways for the duration of the drastically scaled-back period of operation under coronavirus menace. Read More >>

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Passenger Rail Services to Halve From Monday

The government and the rail industry have decided there's no point running empty trains all the time in order to try to show coronavirus who's boss, and have agreed to virtually halve the number of trains that run across the nation from Monday 23. Read More >>

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Model Rail Festival Moves Online via Hashtag Sharing

We have good news and bad news about the London Festival of Railway Modelling, scheduled for this weekend. Obviously it's been cancelled as model train buffs will grab any excuse they can not so socialise in person, but the clever bit is how they've moved it entirely online and are encouraging everyone to instead share their rail builds virtually. Read More >>

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We’ve All Been Stuffing Ourselves Onto Overcrowded Trains for No Reason

According to an investigation carried out by Channel 4's Dispatches, a number of train carriages that are in a condition to be rolled out into service, are sitting about doing nothing. Read More >>

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Government Takes Control of Northern Rail Franchise

The Northern rail franchise is no more, as today marks the official handover of operations from Arriva Rail North Limited to the busier than ever desks of the government's generic Operator of Last Resort. Read More >>

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Scotland Plans to Build and Test a Hydrogen-Powered Train

Some old and retired ScotRail rolling stock is about to get a new lease of life, as plans are afoot to convert one electric train into a cutting-edge hydrogen model with the potential to revolutionise and decarbonise the stubborn rural diesel remnants of our railways. Read More >>

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Northern Rail Nationalisation Could Happen This Week

Rumours from within government suggest that troubled rail franchise Northern may be ended this week, with a nationalisation set to end the Arriva-owned line's many troubles. Read More >>

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New HS2 Report Leak Says “Pause” the Northern Bits

There's been another leak of the results of the review into HS2 and whether or not it's still or ever was a good idea and worth doing etc, this time revealing a rather lukewarm appraisal that raises the official final cost to as much as £106bn – and suggests the Phase 2b section is "paused" while benefits are reassessed. Read More >>