Europe, UK: ‘Uncertainty’ over FirstGroup’s ability to continue operating

By David Burroughs, International Railway Journal; July 8, 2020 FIRST Group has acknowledged a “material uncertainty exists” about its ability…

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Europe, UK: Boss of transport giant FirstGroup begs Government to stop telling commuters to avoid trains and buses ‘to get the economy moving again’ by ending working-from-home culture

By Luke Andrews For Mailonline, Daily Mail; July 9, 2020 The UK’s biggest bus company and rail operator has urged…

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UK, Scotland – Scotrail Edinburgh to Glasgow train: What it’s like to take a peak time train ride in lockdown

By Claire Galloway, Trainee Digital Journalist, Edinburgh Live; June 16, 2020 With lockdown set to ease further this week, life…

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UK, Scotland: ScotRail staff told not to blow whistles or check tickets

By A Glasgow Times Reporter, Glasgow Evening Times; April 29, 2020 RAIL staff have been banned from using whistles to…

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Europe, UK: GB Railfreight converts passenger train to carry essential medical cargo

By Gavin van Marle, The Lodestar; April 27, 2020 The transformation of passenger transport to carry cargo has shifted modes.…

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U.K., Scotland: ScotRail reduced rail timetable comes into effect

From ITV News; March 23, 2020 Trains have moved to a reduced timetable with a focus on providing public transport…

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U.K.: English passenger rail franchises suspended for six months

From International Railway Journal; March 23, 2020 BRITAIN’s Department for Transport (DfT) has switched all English passenger rail franchises into…

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Europe: These are Europe’s best train stations; St. Pancras ranked first while German stations dominated the list

By Jana Brnáková, Kiwi.com; February 20, 2020 When traveling one wants to go through a pleasant experience. And according to…

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U.K.: Escaped cow blocks Scottish commuter train for an hour

By Ben Hooper, UPI; January 14, 2020 Jan. 14 (UPI) — A large highland cow was dubbed an “absolute unit”…

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U.K.: Proportion of train services under foreign ownership doubled in last decade

By Jack Peat, The London Economic; January 1, 2020 The proportion of Britain’s train services under foreign ownership more than…

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UK tenders for ‘medical train’ to beat Brexit impact

By Simon Walton, RailFreight.com; October 9, 2019 The British government has tendered a 25 million pounds (27 million euros) contract…

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Network Rail Commits to UK Freight

By Simon Walton, RailFreight.com; October 8, 2019 With its putting passengers first strapline often open to satire from freight operators,…

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UK: Oops, wrong cleaner damages Caledonian Sleeper’s on-board toilets

By Alastair Dalton, Edinburgh Evening News; September 9, 2019 Water pipes on the Caledonian Sleeper’s £150 million fleet were seriously…

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UK: ScotRail slated as passenger journeys fall by 1 million

By David Leask, Chief Reporter, The Herald; August 28, 2019 Rocked by a historic cold spell and major engineering disruption,…

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UK: Caledonian Sleeper admits failings after complaints of ‘filthy, disgusting’ cabins

By Alastair Dalton, The Scotsman; August 21, 2019 Caledonian Sleeper chiefs have apologised for repeated cleaning failures after complaints of…

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Scotland: ScotRail pull the plug on plan for free access to station toilets

From Brinkwire; August 6, 2019 TRAIN operator ScotRail has scrapped proposals to allow free access to toilets at four of…

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Europe’s flight-shame movement has travelers taking trains to save the planet

By Michael Birnbaum, The Washington Post; August 2, 2019 STOCKHOLM — If he had hopped on a plane, Johan Hilm…

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Scotland: Caledonian Sleeper train drama at Edinburgh Waverley under investigation

By Press Association, Isle of Wight County Press; August 2, 2019 An investigation has been launched after a Caledonian Sleeper…

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Opinion: How Britain’s love affair with trains ran out of steam

By Sheena McKenzie, CNN; July 16, 2019 London (CNN) – Britain has a love-hate relationship with its railways. The Victorians…

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UK: Passengers evacuated after train hits cow causing long delays

By Neil Shaw, Head of Digital, Cornwall Live; July 16, 2019 Rail travel descended into chaos this morning as a…

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Wales: Talyllyn Steam Railway steps in to replace stricken bus route

From BBC News; June 26, 2019 A Welsh steam railway is offering free journeys to bus passengers stranded by the…

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View from the UK: How America’s first high-speed railway – and Virgin Trains – is transforming Florida

By Simon Veness, The Telegraph; June 26, 2019 Sir Richard Branson may have been absent, but he and his Virgin…

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UK: Network Rail bosses told to fly to meetings because trains too expensive, internal policy reveals

From Brinkwire; June 24, 2019 Company policy is in place to save public money Staff working for Network Rail have…

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Eurostar defends alcohol limits on trains

From The BBC; June 24, 2019 Eurostar has defended limiting the amount of alcohol passengers can carry on its trains…

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Plan to end trains dumping waste on Scotland’s railways

By Andrew Picken, BBC Scotland News; June 20, 2019 Retention tanks are set be fitted to high-speed trains to stop…

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