The Biggest & Best Portal to the Professional Property, Workplace and Built Environment Community

Saturday, 22 September

Strikes & Hikes - Commuters Fume At Service And Lolly

Euston station closures

Rail fares will go up by 3.2 per cent in January 2019 - they went up by 3.6 per cent in Jan 2018. After nearly 8 months of chaos on the network, commuters could face increases that run into at lot of lolly as fares track the nation's inflation rate set by the ONS.

The Transport Ministry believes that tax payers already subsidise rail fares to the tune of £4 billion and so constant fare increases is the only way to prevent that 'unfair' contribution from rising. Commuter groups say fare rises should be calculated differently as the Office for National Statistics don't take into account rises in the cost of living such as increases in mortgage payments.

The Department for Transport is also pointing to its development plans, described as 'once in a generation investment'. Commuter groups have questioned the promised investment this year and also pointed to an endless round of strikes and changes to the national timetable in May that saw thousands of services disrupted or cancelled and connections between services failing.

 

Which?

Which?, the consumer rights organisation, which has plotted rail travellers' approval rating of the rail network as it has sunk to an all time low, has condemned the fare rises. Peter Vicary-Smith, Chief Executive said: “These price rises are yet more bad news for passengers, many of whom have endured a summer of chaos, including cancellations, delays, overcrowding and poor service from train companies.

“For passengers to genuinely feel they are getting value for money and a rail system that works for them, train companies must improve the reliability and safety of their services, and pay out compensation quickly and hassle-free where it is owed.”

A spokesperson for the Campaign for Better Transport said: "Given the mess surrounding the new timetable, the lack of improvements and the failure to deliver compensation. the government cannot go on telling passengers that fare increases are justified."

 

Euston Station Closes For The First Of Three Weekends This Summer

Euston station will be shut on 18-19 and 25-27 August and also 1-2 September. This is to allow Network Rail to replace North Wembley junction. The best advice Network Rail was able to offer customers - 'travel on other days'.

A Network Rail statement went on 'West Coast main line train passengers are being urged to avoid all but essential rail travel to and from London over three consecutive weekends in August and September when Euston station will be closed'.

As part of Britain’s Railway Upgrade Plan, Network Rail is replacing North Wembley junction - a major intersection on Europe’s busiest mixed-use railway.

 

Services Now Resumed On Track Hit By Tractor In Fitzwilliam, Wakefield

All services via London North Eastern & East Midlands are now able to travel on the track in Fitzwilliam, West Yorkshire after it was struck by a tractor.

 

Lorries Can't Limbo

Lorries Can't Limbo is a campaign aimed at reducing the £23m annual railway bridge repair and compensation bill. The campaign will target professional HGV drivers and others who drive high-sided vehicles.

Last year the number of bridge strikes across the rail network went up, making it the worst year for bridge strikes for five years. Each year there are about 2000 railway bridge strikes, with each costing more than £10,000 for repairs and compensation to train operators for delays caused.

Research carried out by Network Rail, revealed 43% of lorry drivers admitted to not checking the height of their vehicle before heading out, with 52% admitting to not taking low bridges into account when planning their journeys.

 

Rail Travel Tech

Train companies are to publish more real-time information to enable tech firms to develop intelligent travel apps for the future, under new plans announced by the Rail Minister Jo Johnson and Rail Delivery Group Chief Executive, Paul Plummer.

The aim is for closer working between rail and tech firms to bring about more seamless, hassle-free journeys and better information for passengers on services and delays.

Better use of data could also allow rail companies to plan more effectively and to predict and fix issues before they arise, creating a more reliable railway.

Jo Johnson said: "This will speed the development of travel apps that provide passengers with helpful information about their journeys."

 

Picture: Euston station will be shut on 18-19 and 25-27 August and also 1-2 September

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

Share



Related Articles

Rail Travel Nightmare - Northern Strikes And Euston Closed

The RMT has confirmed further strike dates on Northern Rail having suspended a weekend strike on South Western - but with a vow to continue striking on both networks over...

 Read Full Article
Manchester Rail Misery & Jubilee Line Strikes

The Mayor of Greater Manchester has called on the Transport Secretary to intervene in the Northern rail fiasco while commuters on the Jubilee line can look forward to...

 Read Full Article
Oh Why, Oh Y? Crane Strike To Hit Heavy Lifts

Those relying on heavy lifting face an autumn of anarchy as crane drivers prepare for strike action - and it's not just the construction trade, as the lifting of...

 Read Full Article
Migrant Cleaners Strike At Justice - And Other Locations

Migrant cleaners are to strike simultaneously at the Ministry of Justice and Kensington & Chelsea Town Hall on August 7-9. Meanwhile, self-employed electricians are...

 Read Full Article
Powerpacks Pack A Punch At Park

Photon Energy has installed four Tesla Powerpacks for a pioneering energy storage project at Manchester Science Park. Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP) has...

 Read Full Article
Oil Industry Hub Airport To Suffer Summer Strikes

Aberdeen International Airport will be struck by a strike of support personnel on July 20 after staff rejected a pay offer. A spokesperson for the airport said:...

 Read Full Article
Once You Learn, It's Just Like Not Riding A Bike

The government is to focus on cycling awareness and training in a boost to improve cycle safety. Meanwhile it has been revealed that women in UK cities have a positive...

 Read Full Article
Zero Zero By End Of Zummer

The University of London has made a commitment to abolishing zero-hours contracts by the next academic year - and bringing some services back in house. However, the...

 Read Full Article
University Of London Concedes To Union Pressure

The Independent Workers of Great Britain union is claiming its disruptive strikes and protest at the University of London has won major concessions for outsourced...

 Read Full Article
Looking For A New England - FM Workers Strike For New Deal

Ageing semi-punk, socialist Billy Bragg will lead a chorus of dispute at one of England's top universities as outsourced workers look for a new employment...

 Read Full Article