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Fall in UK rail passenger numbers casts doubt on viability of franchises

Rail passenger numbers in the UK fell last year to 1.7bn in the biggest decrease since privatisation in the 1990s, casting fresh doubt on the viability of struggling franchises.

South Western Railway passenger journeys dropped by 18m last year as franchises veer off track

Embattled train operator South Western Railway (SWR) saw a dramatic drop of 18m passenger journeys over the past year as it grappled with engineering works at Waterloo, a switch in franchise ownership and industrial action.

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  • 'Still too many' delays and cancellations, despite interim Northern timetableThe north of England depends on a “resilient and reliable transport network,” Transport for the North (TfN) has said, as rail disruptions rumble on across the region. The comments came as members of the TfN partnership board met in Manchester this week to discuss the issues regarding...
  • ORR launches independent inquiry into timetable chaosThe Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has formally launched its independent inquiry into the widespread timetable disruption suffered on the railway since the new timetable was rolled out on last month. Instead of delivering benefits to the rail network as intended, the new timetable, which came...
  • NR awards Ł20m signalling contract for Highland mainlineSiemens has been awarded a £20m re-signalling contract by Network Rail. The contract will see sections of the Highlands mainline re-signalled as part of the £57m, Scottish Government-funded investment in the line, which links the Highland Capital and the Central Belt. The work will...

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  • NCT’s Trojan Bus is backNottingham City Transport’s (NCT) Trojan Bus – which is an ordinary NCT bus, but with plain-clothed Police officers on board – has been travelling around Nottingham following a number of recent smashed bus window incidents in the area.
  • Medlicott back at StagecoachFormer Stagecoach Managing Director Phil Medlicott is to re-join the Group from 1 July.

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