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Old November 27th, 2011, 01:57 PM   #1041
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East Coast launches new Wi-Fi gateway

Train operator East Coast has launched a new welcome page for its popular Wi-Fi service – the first of its kind in the UK rail industry – placing live travel and connections information at passengers’ fingertips.

The new real-time Wi-Fi landing page, which passengers see when they first log onto the train operator’s on-board internet service, links with the National Rail Enquiries database and East Coast’s own train running data and satellite feeds to keep passengers informed of any expected delays ahead of the train.

The page also links with National Rail’s database to provide live, real-time information in an instant on connecting local and regional rail services at each of the East Coast train’s calling points along its route, up to 45 minutes after its scheduled arrival time.

An instant snapshot of service availability on the London Underground and Docklands Light Railway is also displayed thanks to a live link with Transport for London’s database – ideal for business travellers using these services on arrival at London King’s Cross.

East Coast hopes the new gateway page, which has been five months in the making, will make rail travel a smoother and more relaxed experience by keeping passengers informed with up-to-the-minute information throughout their journey.

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Old November 29th, 2011, 08:11 PM   #1042
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Funding approved for transformation of Newcastle Central station

Rail passengers in Newcastle are set to benefit from the multi-million pound transformation of the station after the latest round of successful bids for rail industry funding was announced today.

Network Rail has secured £8.6m to transform the station. Plans include modern retail facilities, improved waiting rooms and toilets, better signage, alterations to the existing bridge, new lifts and escalators. There will also be new glazed canopies to increase natural light.

Phil Verster, route managing Director for Network Rail, said: “Newcastle station is an incredibly busy and important transport hub for the north east. These improvements will help passengers to get the best from the listed building. Significantly the finished station will also give a better first impression to visitors to the city.

“We are working closely with the council and local business leaders to make sure our plans complement the city scheme to improve the area outside the station.”

Tim Hedley-Jones, stations and property director for East Coast, which manages Newcastle station, said: “Newcastle is one of the main stations along our route and East Coast welcomes today’s news, which will see significant improvements to some of its key facilities. Once completed, the changes will undoubtedly enhance the travel experience for our customers, whilst giving staff a better working environment.”

The station scheme is being developed in partnership with NE1 and Newcastle City Council who are seeking funds to improve the area outside the station for pedestrians, drivers, cyclists and visitors to the city and help kick-start the economic regeneration of the area.

The Council and businesses in the city centre will also be investing in the project.

Deputy chairman of NE1 Ltd, Gavin Black, said: “This is great news for Newcastle and the north east, with the improvements to the station helping to cement the city’s role as the region’s capital.

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Old November 29th, 2011, 11:42 PM   #1043
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More rail passengers set to benefit from £100m station improvement fund

Passengers are set to benefit from £46m of improvements to stations across England after the latest round of successful bids for rail industry funding was announced today.

The 21 successful projects include new and extended car parks, park and ride projects, station redevelopments and new retail space and will be delivered by Network Rail, train operating companies, local authorities and other third parties committed to regeneration in and around stations.

The schemes form the second tranche of successful bids for a £100m station improvement fund, launched earlier this year by Network Rail, the Department for Transport and the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC).

To be eligible, proposals must have a benefit to passengers and also reduce the overall public subsidy for rail by generating a financial return.

Rail minister Norman Baker said: “This is great news for passengers. If we are to encourage more people to travel by rail in the future then stations must be easier to get to and have better facilities.”

These projects will ensure that travelling on a train is a positive experience both during a journey and at the start and end of a trip so I am delighted to be able to announce this additional funding.”

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Plans revealed for new station at Ashtead

Southern and Network Rail have revealed plans for an eye-catching new station building at Ashtead which will provide modern facilities and better journeys for passengers.

The existing station building at Ashtead was built in the 1970s. Over the years, Southern has maintained the building, carrying out minor repairs, but, limitations to the building structure meant that plans to improve facilities at the station were thwarted.

A new station building was proposed and in 2009, the Government announced that Ashtead would be one of the stations to receive a multi-million overhaul as part of the government’s National Stations Improvement Programme.

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A train ride on an East Coast train from Waverley to Kings Cross, and mostly features stops at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, York and Darlington.
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Old December 7th, 2011, 08:11 PM   #1047
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Funding approved for new station building at Wakefield Westgate

Following approval for a £multi-million redevelopment, rail passengers using Wakefield Westgate station will soon benefit from fantastic new facilities – including a brand new station building – to improve their travel experience.

Submitted by Network Rail and East Coast, which manages the station, the £6.6million funding will also facilitate the provision of better retail outlets, new travel centre, new First Class lounge, customer reception and information screens – all contributing towards forming a welcoming gateway to the city of Wakefield.

The new station building will be constructed adjacent to the multi-storey car park and provide better access for vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles directly off the inner ring road and local bus routes.

This will enhance the integration of links between rail and other sustainable forms of transport.

Tim Hedley-Jones, Stations and Property Director for East Coast, said:

“We are delighted to have received the financial backing to deliver such an important development and are grateful for the support we have received from Network Rail and Wakefield Council.

“Wakefield Westgate is one of East Coast’s key stations and this scheme will complement the new 900-space multi-storey car park and re-furbished customer facilities, which are currently underway on platform 2.”

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Old December 10th, 2011, 05:34 PM   #1048
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More seats on way in new Thameslink route timetable

Longer rush hour trains feature in First Capital Connect’s new Thameslink route timetable that comes into force from Sunday, 11 December.

In the new timetable, four trains in the morning and four in the evening will be lengthened to 12 carriages on services between Bedford and Brighton and a further four services will be extended to eight carriages on the Luton to Sutton service group.

Between them they will add over 3,200 more seats at the busiest times of the day. Off-peak during the week, there will be over 1,200 off-peak weekday seats and, between London St Pancras and Bedford, almost 3,900 more Saturday seats.

Customer Service Director Keith Jipps said: “We’re working hard to improve services for customers and have targeted the extra capacity on those trains that need it most.

“The Thameslink Programme has imposed some tough times on our customers with lots of track closures for engineering work but with the start of the new 12-carriage services we can finally see improvements coming on line.”

Details of the new timetable can be seen at www.firstcapitalconnect.co.uk or by picking up a copy at any staffed FCC station.
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A £40m plan to significantly improve the rail infrastructure between Swansea and Gowerton is unveiled today as Network Rail submits its proposal to Carmarthenshire Council.

Backed by the Welsh Government and the South West Wales Integrated Transport Consortium, this improvement will meet a key rail strategy to improve performance, connectivity and cater to a rising passenger demand in West Wales. It is forecast that passengers in West Wales could rise by 20% by the end of the decade.

Jointly funded by Network Rail and the Welsh Government, the scheme combines two core programmes of work - the replacement of the Loughor viaduct and the installation of an additional six-mile track between Cockett West Junction and Duffryn West Junction.

Key benefits of the scheme include the ability to provide more capacity on the railway to potentially enable two more trains to run between Swansea and Llanelli and one more train to run between Swansea and Carmarthen per hour.
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‘Two million extra seats’ to be provided by Northern Rail

‘Two million extra seats are being provided over the next year’ at peak times targeting the busiest Northern Rail services.

Northern Rail said: “Since the start of the Northern Rail franchise in 2004, more and more people have chosen to travel on our trains with the result that on some peak services there has been increasing levels of overcrowding.

“From the December timetable change we will be introducing an additional 50 carriages. These together with 10 carriages that are already in service will mean we will be able to provide customers with an extra two million extra seats on peak services every year.

“The extra capacity will help to alleviate crowding in the five main urban centres Northern serves (Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Manchester and Sheffield) and the additional trains have been planned to serve the most crowded train services as a first priority.

“We have been able to analyse customer demand by using our automated on-train counting equipment. On some services we will be doubling the capacity, providing four carriages where previously there have been two.

“To accommodate longer trains some stations, for example Cottingley near Leeds and Mossley in Greater Manchester, have had platform extensions.

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But what trains are they going to use and where will they come from? I'm so glad to see that they are adding to the Lincoln-Sheffield route! Class 142 standing room only for 1hr 20mins is awful and I have done that many times!
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Major redevelopment of Peterborough station announced

A £43m upgrade of Peterborough station heralding longer, more frequent trains, extra platforms and new footbridges and lifts has been announced today by Network Rail. More than 4m people use Peterborough station each year and this number is set to rise dramatically, with the number of people travelling between the city and London forecast to double over the next 25 years.

Network Rail’s investment will provide the extra capacity needed to cater for the forecast growth in passenger numbers on all routes to and through Peterborough and also paves the way for new services to new destinations.

Phil Verster, Network Rail route managing director, said: “We are making a significant investment to improve the railway in Peterborough, providing a better station and more trains for passengers. Rail is vital for Peterborough given its position as a strategic transport hub and this upgrade will provide a real boost to the local economy.

“When we’re finished in December 2013 the station will have a modern main building, extra platforms to increase capacity and reduce congestion, easier access thanks to new lifts and longer platforms ready for new, longer trains serving more destinations.”

Peterborough is a major rail interchange, served by a complex mix of commuter and long-distance services travelling both east-west and north-south.

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Work begins to upgrade Bromley South station

Work has started to upgrade Bromley South station to improve journeys for thousands of passengers.

The multi-million-pound investment will provide step-free access from the station entrance to the platforms making the railway easier to use for everyone.

The station entrance and ticket hall will also undergo a substantial revamp to provide better facilities and reduce congestion at the busiest times of the day.

Bromley and Chislehurst MP, Bob Neill, who ran a campaign calling for step-free access, said: “It has been a hard-fought battle to secure funding for these vital improvements at Bromley South and I am very excited about the work Network Rail has planned for the station. Passengers will soon have step-free lift access to all platforms and benefit from modernised station facilities.

“It is a fantastic result for local train users who campaigned for, and so desperately require, these enhancements.”

Fiona Taylor, Network Rail’s route managing director for Kent, said:

“The railway from Bromley South provides excellent links for passengers and businesses into the heart of the capital. These improvements are great news for passengers and will make a noticeable improvement to their daily journeys.

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Below are the first parts in 2 differing TV documentaries in the early 1990s about British Rail, and the development of the Intercity Class 225



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Thank you. Did you mean 1990s, because that meeting (lead by BR's then-project director -- 3'10") was to build IC225 (CL91?) in time for 1988?
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Thank you. Did you mean 1990s, because that meeting (lead by BR's then-project director -- 3'10") was to build IC225 (CL91?) in time for 1988?
In the first video, yes - that's when it was shown on BBC 2 over here. Not *too sure* about the actual Intercity 225 documentary though.

Aren't they (the 225s) a brilliant looking train?

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Shocking footage of a woman stepping off a train in Barnsley before stumbling and falling on to the tracks has been released by British Transport Police as a warning to take care when travelling over the boozy Christmas period.

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And in more local news, an Arriva Trains Wales Class 175 train was involved in an accident with a Lorry carrying bales of Hay in Carmarthenshire on Monday.

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