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Bombardier and Hitachi hailed “a landmark day for the UK rail sector” after joining forces to bid for the £2.75 billion contract for HS2 trains.

London's new deputy mayor for transport calls for TfL to take on parts of Govia Thameslink Railway franchise after timetable chaos

London's new deputy mayor for transport Heidi Alexander will today call for Transport for London (TfL) to take over parts of the trouble-hit Govia Thameslink Railway franchise after a train timetable shake-up caused chaos.

Rail boss pledge on direct rail link from Weymouth to Heathrow by 2026

That is the message from Graham Cross, chief executive of Heathrow Southern Railway (HSRL), who are preparing plans to a £1 billion rail link which will link Dorset with the UK's biggest airport.

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  • TOCs take out newspaper ad apologising to customers, pledge new timetable in two weeksMajor train firms have taken out a half-page advert in a major newspaper to apologise to customers for “ongoing problems” since the chaotic introduction of new timetables on 20 May. South-eastern TOCs GTR and Great Northern, in partnership with Network Rail, purchased the ad in free...
  • Trains still running late despite emergency timetables in operationTrains are continuing to run late despite TOCs running timetables on ‘emergency’ fixtures, new figures show. Data released by Network Rail’s public performance measure (PPM) shows the percentage of trains which arrive at their terminating station within five minutes (for...
  • GTR could lose its franchise if services don't improve after new timetableGovia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is at risk of losing its franchise if it fails to improve the slumping performance across its services since late May’s timetable shake-up, which led to a string of cancellations and delays. The BBC received this information from a government source, who...
  • Wi-fi as a weaponSelf-described ethical hacker Ken Munro, a security entrepreneur at Pen Test Partners, attracted a full house at this year’s Infrarail during his presentation on how customer communication networks can be used to take over trains and have catastrophic consequences for the rail industry...
  • Greater Anglia: The future of rail travelMike Kean, deputy MD and franchise and programmes director at Greater Anglia, gives us the lowdown on the train operator’s new bi-mode trains which are currently under construction in Switzerland. I’ve recently been over to Switzerland and walked through the first of the futuristic...
  • HS1: Going international Wendy Spinks OBE, commercial director of HS1 Ltd, discusses the potential of new, direct international train services from the UK. Passengers value international  train  travel and want new direct destinations. That should come as no surprise when Eurostar, the current international...
  • Timetable chaos: Strong and stable? David Sidebottom, director at Transport Focus, paints a stark picture of the considerable human impact of delays across London and the north – even before the full extent of the crisis becomes known. The current timetable chaos on Thameslink, Great Northern and Northern is deeply...
  • Welsh rail: Left in the darkChair of the Welsh Affairs Committee, David Davies, argues that, in light of cancelled electrification plans, Welsh rail has been left in the dark and has seen little investment compared to the rest of the UK. The cancellation of plans to electrify the railway line from Cardiff to Swansea, which...


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  • Plans announced for £1 billion rail link between Southampton and HeathrowThat is the message from Graham Cross, chief executive of Heathrow Southern Railway (HSRL), which is preparing plans for a £1 billion rail link between the city and the UK’s biggest airport.
  • Two-minute silences will see off noisy nannyingMy friend Mike texts. Passing through Highbury & Islington Tube station in London last Thursday he had been trying to block his ears from the usual barrage of noisy nannying over the public address system — “always remember to carry a bottle of water” etc. It was Mike who alerted this Notebook to a new, endlessly repeated recorded announcement on London buses (“Hold on, the bus is about to move”) which I hope we helped shame Transport for London out of. That idiocy has now been abandoned.
  • Rail chaos as passengers face severe delays between Brighton and London MULTIPLE signal failures caused severe delays to trains between Brighton and London yesterday.

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