UK Railways

Faulty Track To Blame For Deadly Rail Crash

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK

The devastating rail crash that killed six people, as a train tore in half and careered into a busy station, was caused by a faulty rail track, accord...

Tasting the Benelux Countries by Rail

Stuart Forster | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Stuart Forster

I've often wondered why rail travel provides more opportunities to converse than air travel and I've concluded that much of it has to be linked to the fact people have more space and sometimes sit facing each other during journeys. Seeing the historic Belgian city of Namur through the carriage windows, the dense forestation of the Ardennes and the skyline of Rotterdam prompted conversation among the people with whom I was sitting.

'Unlike Peter Mandelson We Can't All Hop On A Private Jet'

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK Politics

The Liberal Democrats have taken a personal swipe at Lord Mandelson, after the former Labour business secretary urged Labour and the government today ...

Two-Thirds Of Rail Operators Owned By Foreign Companies

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK

Two thirds of Britain's rail operators are owned by overseas companies, leaving passengers paying high fares to boost the profits of foreign firms, ac...

'Stick It Up Your A***': Irate Passenger Returns Rolled Up Refund Rejection Letter To Train Company (PICTURE)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Comedy

An irate train passenger who was refused a refund for a cancelled train has come up with a novel use for his rejection letter. In a missive addres...

Tackling the Big Four Issues on 2 May

Natalie Bennett | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Voters on 2 May will be making important choices about the direction of local communities and entire counties in the next four years; county and unitary councils have a big influences on social services, in housing and planning, transport and waste management, education and more

One Dead After Train Hits Car On Level Crossing

Level Crossing | Posted 21.03.2013 | UK

One person has died after a train hit a car on a level crossing, British Transport Police said. The incident happened on the crossing near Athelney...

Planet Appetite: Unspoilt Caribbean Cool in St. Kitts, Leeward Islands, West Indies

Rupert Parker | Posted 11.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

St. Kitts is one of the smallest of the Caribbean islands but has a huge amount to offer, including palm fringed beaches and volcano hiking. "Focu...

'That'll Be An Extra Child Ticket, Madam'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.03.2013 | UK

A baby girl has been born on a train packed full of commuters. The Southeastern train was delayed at West Malling in Kent while the infant was deli...

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.

High Speed Rail Links North Of Birmingham Revealed

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK Politics

Plans to extend the high-speed railway to Manchester and Leeds have been unveiled, in a move David Cameron claimed would boost Britain's stagnant econ...

Off the Rails

B.J. Epstein | Posted 04.03.2013 | UK Politics
B.J. Epstein

Considering what you get for the amount of money you pay for a rail journey in this country and considering how essential it is that we encourage people to use public transportation, this rise in fares is something we need to rail against.

Nightmare For Millions Of Christmas Travellers

PA | Posted 24.12.2012 | UK

A white Christmas dream turned into a wet Christmas nightmare for millions of travellers today. Continued heavy rain played havoc with road and rai...

Christmas Commuters Hindered By Railway Flooding

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.12.2012 | UK

People hit by flooding face a bleak Christmas with a week of further rain threatening further holiday misery. Rail routes across the country will b...

Advertising Islamophobia Hits London Railways

Mohammed Ansar | Posted 17.02.2013 | UK
Mohammed Ansar

On Monday 17 December billboards advertising free Qurans, were taken down. I've seen an email from JCDecaux which states the following (my emphasis added): "...rail companies have pointed out that this is not acceptable and we should not have done so."

Girl Fights for Life After Railway Crossing Crash

PA | Posted 04.12.2012 | UK

A four-year-old girl is fighting for life after the car she was in collided with a train on a railway crossing. The youngster was airlifted to hosp...

Jessica Elgot

Third Class Tickets? | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.11.2012 | UK

Fiery union leader Bob Crow has accused the government of taking the country back 50 years, after the Department of Transport admitted new rail franch...

Twitter Jokes Of The Week

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.10.2012 | UK Comedy

The Government cost us £40m in rail fares - sorry, not fares, mismanagement - Roy Hodgson blabbed on the Tube, Barack Obama disappointed millions, an...

'Taking The System For A Ride'

PA | Posted 10.09.2012 | UK

The Department for Transport (DfT) did not follow its own rules over the West Coast main line franchise bidding process, Virgin boss Sir Richard Brans...

FirstGroup Wins Contract To Run Richard Branson

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 21.08.2012 | UK Comedy

Richard Branson has blasted the government following the announcement that transport giant FirstGroup will now be running him. FirstGroup will star...

Rail Campaigners Day Of Action Over Fare Rises

PA | Posted 14.08.2012 | UK

Unions, transport campaigners and rail passenger groups have launched a day of action to protest at "massive" fare increases and cuts to jobs and serv...

Railways Get Political as Cameron and Clegg Look to Get Back on Track

Tom Wadsworth | Posted 15.09.2012 | UK Politics
Tom Wadsworth

You might very well be forgiven for thinking that today's rail announcements were mainly about trains. But they're really about two other issues: (1) getting the coalition back on track and (2) the coalition's intended final destination, the 2015 general election.

Should We Renationalise The Railways?

Posted 16.07.2012 | UK Politics

David Cameron and Nick Clegg have set out plans for a £9.4bn modernisation of the railways. The shadow transport secretary, Maria Eagle, says the ent...

We Should Renationalise the Railways

Mick Whelan | Posted 15.09.2012 | UK Politics
Mick Whelan

Since privatisation the cost to the public purse of running the railways has risen by a factor of between two and three times.

We Should Not Renationalise the Railways

Dr Richard Wellings | Posted 15.09.2012 | UK Politics
Dr Richard Wellings

Privatisation is often blamed for the shortcomings of Britain's railways. This is unfair. Genuine privatisation never happened. Nominal ownership may have been transferred to the private sector, but the government remains firmly in control.