UK Rail

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: A Minefield of Frustration for the Modern-Day Traveller

Thomas Drexler | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK
Thomas Drexler

At the moment, some transport modes, such as rail, are not yet fully integrated into the travel ecosystem. Travellers don't always know there is a potential train service for their particular journey, because it's just not visible at that particular point of the travel selection process. Rail operators need to make their information available and connect themselves with other transport modes in order to provide the customer with genuine choice.

Savings Drive For £50bn HS2 Project 'Hasn't Found A Single Bean'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Politics

High speed rail campaigners have accused officials managing the £50 billion High Speed Rail 2 project of not finding a "single bean" in savings. ...

Could HS2 Be The Death Of Camden Market?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 21.11.2013 | UK

Every Saturday morning, it's the scene of hundreds of shy goth teens, holding hands in striped neon hoodies, of foreign students with backpacks poring...

Ned Simons

17 Tory MPs Rebel Against Multi-Billion HS2 Rail Plan

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK Politics

MPs have overwhelmingly voted in favour of constructing the multi-billion new high-speed rail line known as HS2, but 17 Tory MPs rebelled against the ...

Time to End the Myths About Nationalisation and East Coast

Martin Griffiths | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK Politics
Martin Griffiths

Maria Eagle's call to effectively renationalise the rail network is so dangerous and backward-looking. Her view is based on phoney economics and is a brazen attempt to rewrite history. She has ignored the facts about the failing, worn out nationalised railway of yesterday and the modern, growing and successful railway of today.

Mind the 'Communications' Gap

Tom Clive | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK
Tom Clive

Train operators must set aside their differences and communicate as one, unified voice in a far more structured manner (on a more consistent basis) to show exactly what parts of our railway infrastructure are being improved.

France By Train Part I: Lille

Zahra Razavi | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zahra Razavi

On a summer's day in July, we leave behind a rain-flustered London in the middle of an otherworldly thunderstorm following Britain's hottest day in years. The train speeds through English countryside until we're in the darkness of the Eurotunnel, and then - in what seems like the blink of an eye - we find ourselves on French soil.

Trains Standing Room Only For Many Travellers

Posted 24.07.2013 | UK

More than 100,000 London-bound rail commuters - a fifth of the overall total - have to stand at the busiest times of the morning rush-hour, according ...

Train Punctuality: Are We Measuring the Wrong Thing?

Karan Chadda | Posted 02.06.2013 | UK Politics
Karan Chadda

Here's a question that's not often asked: what if train punctuality is a false measure? Perhaps commuter punctuality is what we should really care about? Instead of the number of trains getting to stations on time, perhaps we would get more useful information if we tracked the number of people being delivered to stations on time.

Why I am a NIMBY

Nikki Sinclaire | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK Politics
Nikki Sinclaire

We NIMBYs have plenty of reasons for objecting to the London-Birmingham High Speed Rail Link. It cuts a motorway-wide swathe through 150 designated nature sites, including ten SSIs and four nature reserves, without adequate consultation.

Four Reasons to Visit Aachen

Gareth Johnson | Posted 20.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Gareth Johnson

The whole trip took about four hours from the centre of London to the centre of Aachen - no endless hanging around airports and you can take as much luggage as you can carry.

Fresh Travel Warnings As Heavy Snow Forecast To Hit Britain

PA | Posted 17.01.2013 | UK

People across swathes of the UK are being warned of potential disruption as heavy snow is forecast for Friday. The Met Office has issued an "amber"...

Rail Fares Minister Simon Burns Prefers Commuting By Chauffeur-Driven Car

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Politics

Rail fares minister Simon Burns is under fire after it emerged he shuns commuting by train in favour of a costly chauffeur driven government car. A...

Going Anywhere For Christmas?

PA | Posted 22.12.2012 | UK

People heading off for the great Christmas getaway are finding their travel plans in peril as rail failures and floods stalled journeys for millions. ...

Millions Abandon Britain For Festive Period

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 20.12.2012 | UK

Wintery wet weather and torrid traffic congestion is hitting the country as nearly four million Britons head abroad for the festive period. Those s...

Why High Heels, Alcohol And Escalators Don't Mix

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.12.2012 | UK

Alcohol and public transport don't usually mix well - especially for one high-heeled young woman at Euston station. Christmas party-goers are being...

Olympics Boost For UK Rail And Bus Operator

Charlie Thomas | Posted 11.12.2012 | UK

Rail and bus operator Go Ahead was helped into good growth figures by Olympics passengers, with London and the surrounding areas seeing a passenger nu...

Three DfT Officials Suspended Over West Coast Rail 'Fiasco'

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 03.10.2012 | UK Politics

Three Department for Transport officials involved in the now-scrapped West Coast rail franchise competition have been suspended, the department said t...

Silly Season On Rail Fares

Sophie Allain | Posted 16.10.2012 | UK Politics
Sophie Allain

Boris Johnson's abortive journey on a zip line aside, the Olympics have so far buffered the Government against the leftfield excesses of the silly season.

Driverless Personalised Trains Available 24/7...Is the RailCab Project the Future of Transport?

Intelligence Squared | Posted 19.06.2012 | UK Tech
Intelligence Squared

Imagine a future where you simply press a button to have your own personal railway car waiting, day or night, to whisk you off at many times the speed of a car. And environmentally friendly, too! This is what we are designing in the 'RailCab' project.

Rail Fares Review: Have Your Say

Sophie Allain | Posted 07.05.2012 | UK
Sophie Allain

So the government has finally launched its rail fares review, which has the potential to be the biggest shake-up of our fares system for decades.

Network Rail To Be Prosecuted For Fatal 2007 Grayrigg Train Crash

PA | Posted 13.03.2012 | UK

Network Rail (NR) is to be prosecuted over the 2007 Grayrigg train crash in Cumbria in which one passenger died, it was announced today. The Office...

PICTURES, VIDEO: Trucks Blown Off Motorway And Two Men Killed As 100mph Winds Strike

Posted 03.01.2012 | UK

Gale force winds have blown Britain off its feet, as quasi-apocalyptic squalls have seen gusts of up to 100mph rage across the country, causing disrup...

Commuters Face Rush Hour Delays As Fare Rises Set To Hit

Posted 28.12.2011 | UK

Rail users already facing above-inflation fare rises next week, also had to contend with delays to some rush-hour services as they returned to work af...

Union's Fury Over Leaked 'Driverless Tube Trains' Report

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 24.12.2011 | UK

Union bosses have reacted with anger after a leaked document from London Underground (LU) appeared to reveal officials considering options for automat...