PAYING THE PRICE: MISSED OPPORTUNITIES TO CUT COSTS

AS concern mounts about rising costs of railway projects (I have referred to a couple of examples in my Long View column in the May edition of Railnews), we are now paying the price — literally — of the Thatcher government’s failure to go ahead with the extensive programme of electrification first proposed 36 years ago following a study by the then Department of Transport and British Rail. Continue reading

TOO MUCH DEMAND . . . NOT ENOUGH CAPACITY

NATIONAL and local media have made much of the disruption to rail services occurring throughout the 2015 Easter holiday period.  For example, ITV News stated: “Delays and engineering works could cause a nightmare for travellers hoping to make a holiday getaway … Those relying on the rail network face disruption due to major engineering works with one train company telling people not to travel between Good Friday and Easter Monday.” Continue reading