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18/11/2019

Parking restrictions for Aberdeen rail repairs [Evening Express]

Parking restrictions are set to be imposed while repair work is carried out on a railway line in Aberdeen. The measures will be in place on a number of dates in early 2020 while Network Rail carries out work. More

18/11/2019

New rolling stock lowers the average age of UK train fleet [RAIL]

Introduction of IETs, Azumas and Mk 5s helps to reduce age of UK's train fleets. Overall, according to the latest figures from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), the average age of the national train fleet in 2018-19 was 19.2 years, a decrease of 0.4 years compared with 2017-18. More

18/11/2019

Highland railway line reopens following 'urgent repairs' [Press and Journal]

Commuters are still facing delays after a fault was discovered on the tracks between Arrochar and Tarbet and Ardlui. More

17/11/2019

'Fast' trains between Glasgow and Edinburgh to get slower despite £858m upgrade [Evening Times]

Trains on one of Scotland's busiest railway lines are getting slower again just 12 months since a multi-million pound upgrade to increase their speed. More

15/11/2019

Bus replacement services for Aberdeen rail passengers [Evening Express]

Train passengers travelling between Aberdeen and Glasgow have been warned to expect longer journey times on Sunday. More

14/11/2019

Aberdeen railway heritage project gets first-class award | Press and Journal [Press and Journal]

A community-led project to restore an Edwardian railway turntable has received a first-class accolade in this year's Aberdeen Civic Society (ACS) awards. More

14/11/2019

British Steel rescue deal vital for keeping Network Rail on track [Railway Technology]

Jingye Group, the Chinese steelmaker, has agreed in principle to buy British Steel out of liquidation for £70m. The deal could get through within a few days. Jingye has also sweetened its buyout offer with the promise it can access up to £300m in loans, indemnities and grants as it plans to boost the production by 10%. News of the deal came after talks between British Steel and Ataer, an investment arm of Turkeys military pension fund stalled. Ataer fell to third place in the bidding behind steel baron Sanjeev Gupta, who owns the UK-based Liberty House group. More

14/11/2019

Rail upgrades are needed to stay on track in tackling climate emergency David Spaven [The Scotsman]

Since First Minister Nicola Sturgeon declared a 'climate emergency' in April, the political agenda has been moving inexorably - albeit too slowly - towards a radical transformation of Scottish transport investment priorities. Last month, a collaboration of seven sustainable transport campaigns came together to make the case for a fundamental reprioritisation, 'starting with an end to creating new trunk road capacity'. More

14/11/2019

Shocking photographs show horrific damage to Azuma LNER train following Leeds Station depot crash [Yorkshire Post]

hese are the shocking photographs of damage to an Azuma train after a crash on the tracks outside Leeds Station depot last night. The photographs show the crumpled front of the train after what LNER described as a 'low-speed' collision. More

13/11/2019

Every Glasgow railway station mapped out amid disabled accessibility row [Evening Times]

The Evening Times have mapped out every railway station in Glasgow according to their accessibility status. More

12/11/2019

Abandoned Colinton railway tunnel in Edinburgh transformed by mural [BBC News]

Local people say the giant art work gives a new lease of life to the rundown Edinburgh tunnel. More


Colinton Tunnel: The south western portal of Colinton Tunnel on the Balerno branch. Photographed on 27 July 2017 from the site of Colinton station. The tunnel, which is on a contnuous south west to north curve throughout its 153 yard length, now forms part of the Water of Leith walkway. For a view of the north portal [see image 60150].
John Furnevel 27/07/2017

12/11/2019

Flooding closes railway between Inverness and Aviemore [Inverness Courier]

Flooding is set to bring misery to rail passengers after it sparked the closure of the Highland mainline south of Inverness. More

11/11/2019

Levenmouth rail link to get additional £10m to maximise Fife regeneration [The Courier]

A £10m boost to help maximise economic regeneration in Fife as part of the re-opening of the Levenmouth Rail Link has been given the green light. More

11/11/2019

London-Glasgow passengers choose rail over air [BBC News]

In the 12 months to July 2019, a record 29% of customers travelled with Virgin Trains rather than by plane. More

11/11/2019

Disruption for ferry passengers with 25 of 28 services hit with issues [Press and Journal]

Caledonian MacBrayne was four ships short today - including its newest vessel that was just back from a refit - causing cancellations and disruption in parts of the Western Isles. More

11/11/2019

Demolition of historic Dundee bus depot under way [Evening Telegraph]

A historic city centre bus station is being pulled down. More

11/11/2019

Train station chiefs 'forced to beg for toilet roll and bin bags amid ScotRail cutbacks' [Scotsman]

Train station chiefs are being forced to 'beg' for toilet roll and bin bags amid ScotRail cutbacks, it has been claimed. More

11/11/2019

Network Rail regions take over project delivery [Railway Gazette]

UK: The next phase of Network Rails devolution strategy came into force on November 11, when responsibility for capital projects was transferred from the former centralised Infrastructure Projects business to the five geographical regions that were established in June to provide support for the 14 routes responsible for day-to day. More

10/11/2019

Entrance to Glasgow Queen Street station to move from Monday [Evening Times]

Passenger access to Glasgow Queen Street station is expected to change from Monday November 11. More

10/11/2019

Conservative peer Brian Mawhinney dies aged 79 [BBC News]

Lord Mawhinney was the former chairman of both the Conservative Party and the Football League. Railscot note: Twenty-five years ago on 24 November 1994 Dr Brian Mawhinney as Secretary of State for Transport announced that the Government would dispose of its entire interest in the flotation of Railtrack, surely the defining moment of rail privatisation. More

08/11/2019

Crossrail will not open in 2020, chief executive confirms [ITV News]

Crossrail will not open next year, the boss of the firm building London's new east-west railway has said. Mark Wild, chief executive of Crossrail Ltd, insisted services would begin 'as soon as practically possible in 2021'. More

08/11/2019

Double-decker bus hits bridge in Inverness [Inverness Courier]

A double-decker bus has hit a railway bridge in Inverness. The Stagecoach bus hit the bridge in Harbour Road at around 7pm “ completely destroying the top deck. More

08/11/2019

101-year-old World War II veteran's emotional send-off on Remembrance railway journey to London [Network Rail]

A 101-year-old World War II veteran was given a rousing surprise send-off today as he boarded a train from Preston to London to mark the Armistice. More

08/11/2019

Highlands and Islands MSP condems Scotrail for 'dragging their feet' in resolving customer complaints over ticket machine [Press and Journal]

A Highland and Islands MSP has condemned Scotrail for 'dragging its feet' after taking three months to repair an overcharging ticket machine in Nairn. More

07/11/2019

'Smarter than ever' - but is it better? [BBC News]

Smartcards can now be used across all modes of transport in Scotland, but how big a change is it? More

07/11/2019

West Coast Rail prices could rise, warns watchdog [BBC News]

The UK's competition regulator says franchise winner FirstGroup is the sole operator on several routes. More

07/11/2019

Rail industry remembers WW1 fallen at centenary event [Network Rail]

The rail industry came together yesterday (6 November) to commemorate the thousands of railway workers who lost their lives during World War 1. More

07/11/2019

Obituary: Rev Donald Macdonald, Free Presbyterian minister, central in protest against ferry sailings on the Sabbath [Scotsman]

The Reverend Donald Macdonald, Free Presbyterian minister of Staffin, Isle of Skye. Born 23 February 1952; died 31 October 2019. More

07/11/2019

God of death enforces railway safety rules [Railway Gazette]

India: Yamraj, lord of death, has been deployed to discourage people from trespassing on Western Railways heavily used suburban lines in Mumbai. More

07/11/2019

Campaign group welcomes Caithness/Inverness rail report [John O Groat Journal]

The campaign group Friends of the Far North Line has hailed a report that recommends improvement to the rail service between Caithness and Inverness. More

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