This week’s summary of news from the UK rail industry.
South East deprived of franchise for failure to report £ 25million of taxpayer money
Train operator South East was stripped of his franchise after failing to declare more than £ 25million in public funds, announced the Department of Transport (DfT).
Elodie Brian, CFO of the transport company Go ahead – the majority shareholder of the parent company of the railway company Govia – has resigned. Conservative MP Huw Merriman said he understood the Serious Fraud Office “will be involved”.
The government will take over operating services on the Southeastern network – which crosses the south-east of England, covering London, Kent, East Sussex and the High Speed 1 line – from 17 October.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said an investigation by his department identified evidence that since October 2014 the company had not declared more than £ 25million in historic public funds that should have been returned .
Opening of the competition for the best young railway photographers
Applications are always accepted for the Rail Camera Club’s free competition for railway photographers under the age of 26 to present their work.
The competition is supported by Network Rail, the National Railway Museum, Jessops, Mortons Media (The
Rail magazine, Express train, Heritage railway, Illustrated railways), Silver Link Publishing, Bauer Media and others.
The theme of the entries is ‘The railway seen’, showing the diversity of the current railway scene. It could
means steam, diesel or electric trains, architecture, people, landscapes or abstract image.
The upgraded island line is set to reopen on November 1
Southwestern Railway (SWR) announced the reopening of the modernized Island Line November 1.
Once reopened – subject to the latest round of safety testing – customers will return to a transformed Island Line, with new trains running along improved infrastructure and through improved stations.
The new trains will improve the customer experience, with upgrades ranging from better interiors to power outlets, free Wi-Fi and wheelchair spaces.
The £ 26million project, funded by the Department for Transport in collaboration with the Isle of Wight Council and the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, has taken longer than expected.
Network Rail announces £ 25million investment for essential transport link in Wales and borders
Details have been revealed on multi-million pound plan to save a railway line increasingly ravaged by climate change and extreme weather conditions.
The Newport-Gloucester line connects South Wales to the West Country, Midlands and North of England, providing a vital link for passengers.
Along the Severn Estuary – exposed to rain, wind and sea – more frequent extreme weather has seen the line devastated by five major landslides in the past two years alone. This led to prolonged railroad closures and temporary speed restrictions, delaying more than 200,000 trains.
RAIB publishes report in Hampshire near crash
The Railway Accident Investigation Directorate (RAIB) a released its report of a near miss with a staff member at Rowlands Castle station in December of last year.
At 7:14 p.m. on December 19, 2020, a Network Rail Mobile Operations Manager (MOM) was nearly struck by a passenger train at Rowlands Castle station.
Mum was on her way to retrieve a trash bag when the train approached at 60 mph. The MOM got back on the platform and left the line just a second before the train passed.
Latest service updates
Gatwick Express – Gatwick Express services remain suspended until further notice.
Hull trains – Hull trains currently provide reduced service, in accordance with passenger demand and current government advice.
Transport for London Status
If you need to travel this weekend, here are some scheduled jobs that may affect your commute.
Our transportation network has never been cleaner. Imperial College London carried out monthly coronavirus tests on the transport network and found no traces. You can read their recently released report.
Air is constantly circulating in all our trains, trams and buses. For example, on average, the air in a subway train changes every few minutes. The buses are equipped with air extraction and ventilation systems and we also leave windows open throughout the passenger area to maintain a flow of fresh air.
Please continue walking or cycling for part of your trip if possible. If you use public transportation, travel during quieter times if you can. This will facilitate social distancing. The quietest times to travel are:
- Between 8:15 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and after 5:30 p.m. on weekdays
- Before noon and after 6:00 p.m. on weekends
Our TfL Go app can help you plan your trip and indicate the quietest times to travel.
You must continue to wear a face cover over your nose and mouth at all times when you are on the transportation network, unless otherwise specified. The overwhelming majority of people comply with this requirement, and the British Transport Police, Metropolitan Police and our own officers are on the network to verify compliance. Fines of up to £ 6,400 exist for anyone who does not comply.
Please also wash or disinfect your hands before and after travel.
London Underground Status
Due to the coronavirus, the following service changes will be in place until further notice. Please plan ahead and check before you travel.
Changes to Chingford services on Wednesday 22, Thursday 23 and Friday 24 September: Train 0955 from Chingford to Liverpool Street and train 1203 from Liverpool Street to Chingford will not run.
Changes to Enfield Town services on Wednesday 22, Thursday 23 and Friday 24 September: Train 1030 from Liverpool Street to Enfield Town and train 1123 from Enfield Town to Liverpool Street will not run.
Check before you travel and plan your trip in advance.
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