UK Railways

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.

Sparking A Railway Revolution: £500m Midland Mainline Electrification Announced

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.07.2012 | UK

Plans to electrify the Midland Mainline are expected to be announced by the Government next week, according to reports. Transport Secretary Justine...

More Travel Chaos After Heavy Flooding Hits The UK

PA | Posted 29.06.2012 | UK

Floods have wrecked road and rail travel again with major train routes closed and some highways shut to traffic. The two main London to Scotland tr...

Human Remains Found By Rail Line

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.05.2012 | UK

Police are investigating the discovery of human bones near to a railway line. A dog walker made the find on an embankment in Fazakerley, Liverpool ...

MPs Attack Government Rail Proposals Over Fares And Job Cuts

PA | Posted 08.05.2012 | UK Politics

More than 100 MPs have signed a Commons motion criticising government proposals for the future of railways, warning of worsening services, higher fare...

Potters Bar Train Crash 'Will Reoccur' If Cost-Cutting Measures Go Ahead

PA | Posted 06.05.2012 | UK

Tragedies like the Potters Bar train crash will reoccur if proposed cost-cutting measures are introduced on the railways, unions warned before the 10t...

Rail Travel in the UK: Why So Many First Class Carriages?

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 01.07.2012 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

My wife and I arrived at Paddington railway station on Sunday lunchtime after a wet cold weekend in London. We were at the head of the queue entering the platform to board the train to Exeter. As I walked along the platform I counted three first class carriages out of a total of eight.

Human Remains Found By Rail Line

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.05.2012 | UK

Detectives are investigating after suspected human remains were found near a railway line. A skull and other bones were discovered by workers clear...

Arch de Triomphe

Andrew Gonsalves | Posted 03.06.2012 | Home
Andrew Gonsalves

The railway arch is enjoying something of a renaissance. Far from being a glorified cupboard, it now has more uses than probably any single piece of architecture out there.

Northern Railway Funding Far From First Class, Claims Report

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 16.03.2012 | UK Politics

George Osborne is being urged to pump money into northern railway lines, as a way of stimulating the economy of the north of England. The think-ta...