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Passenger numbers rise adds to pressure for extension of Borders Railway [Southern Reporter]

Calls for an extension of the Borders Railway into England are continuing to gather momentum now the number of passengers using its stations annually has hit the two-million mark for the first time. More


HS2: route, cost, speed, benefits and issues around the high-speed railway explained [iNews]

Questions have been raised about whether HS2 should continue, given the spiralling costs of the project More


Vital weekend improvement works for West Coast Mainline [Network Rail]

Network Rail will be delivering a multi-million-pound programme of maintenance and renewal work on the West Coast Mainline over 10 weekends between April and June this year. More


Taff's Well metro depot construction started by Transport for Wales [Railway Technology]

Transport for Wales (TfW) has started building works on the £100m metro depot for the South Wales Metro operations at Taff's Well. More


Stagecoach takes rail franchise row to High Court [BBC News]

Stagecoach and its partners say the government acted unlawfully in barring them from bidding. More


Jackie Baillie slams ScotRail over missed SQUIRE targets [Helensburgh Advertiser]

Helensburgh's MSP has called for a 'proper public sector bid' to run Scotland's railways after new figures showed Abellio ScotRail has failed to meet more than half of peformance targets. More


People can upgrade to first class on Edinburgh to Glasgow trains for just £1 [Edinburgh Live]

ScotRail have announced that the offer will be running for the remainder of January. More


Debate on future of Scotland's second busiest ferry route [BBC News]

Highland Council is assessing how it runs the Corran Ferry, prompting worries from some about the service's future. More


Major harbour revamp planned for Gourock - but car ferry hopes dashed [Greenock Telegraph]

The Scottish Government immediately reinforced its determination to maintain passenger-only ferry services when quizzed about a broken vehicle ramp at Gourock and the pier's inability to dock larger vessels. More


ScotRail fined more than £3.3m over service failures [The Herald]

ScotRail has been criticised over its level of performance after racking up more than £3.3 million in fines last year. More


Campaigners say rail usage stats in Courier Country strengthen case for St Andrews rail link - The Courier [The Courier]

A marked rise in the number of passengers using Leuchars railway station last year merely strengthens the case for train services to be restored to St Andrews, campaigners have claimed. More

St Andrews Bus Station: Rail information is available at St Andrews Bus Station. Will this be as good as it gets? (The St Andrews branch closed in 1969).
John Yellowlees 16/06/2017

Leuchars: 43168 brings up the rear of the 09.04 from Aberdeen to Edinburgh, calling at Leuchars on 30th September 2019.
Bill Roberton 30/09/2019

St Andrews [2nd]: J37 No 64569 meets a photographic scrum at the south end of St Andrews station during the 1965 RCTS Fife Coast railtour. The J37 had taken over from No 256 Glen Douglas at Leuchars Junction and took the train round the Fife Coast line before handing back to no 256 at Thornton Junction.
G W Robin 28/08/1965


Fall in Fife passenger numbers sparks call for service improvements - The Courier [The Courier]

A significant fall in rail passenger numbers in Fife has sparked calls for action to improve services and end overcrowding. More


Councillor in call for improvements to far north train service [John O Groat Journal]

A Caithness councillor is calling on the Scottish Government and ScotRail to take notice of the plight of local train passengers. More


Driver risk highlighted by Larne-Cairnryan ferry lorry crush [BBC News]

Probe into incident that saw nine HGVs topple on the Larne-Cairnryan ferry highlights driver dangers. More


Calls for railway bosses to deliver long-promised station at Inverness Airport [Inverness Courier]

Campaigners are calling for transport bosses to get on with Inverness rail expansion plans which have been in the pipeline for the past 15 years. More


Glenfinnan Viaduct is the back drop to railway protection work [Network Rail]

Work is underway to protect the railway from potential landslips and rock-falls from the hillsides and embankments around the iconic Glenfinnan viaduct, which stars in the Harry Potter film series. More


Threat to Newton Aycliffe jobs as train orders wind down [RAIL]

As 250 jobs could go at Newton Aycliffe, union blames Government for its procurement policies for the situation More


Passenger numbers hit buffers as north-east train use drops two million [Evening Express]

The number of passengers using trains in the north-east has dropped by more than two million in the past five years, according to a new report. More


HS2 supporters fear Boris Johnson plans to scrap part of rail project [The Guardian]

London to Birmingham leg thought to be in danger with speculation money might go to other northern transport. Supporters of HS2 are growing increasingly anxious that Boris Johnson is prepared to scrap part of the high-speed railway project or overhaul it in a bid to redirect the money towards other transport in the north of England. Local government leaders from the north and Midlands are privately concerned there has been a change of tone from No 10 since Christmas, causing nervousness that the government could scale back the scheme. Related: HS2 will destroy or damage hundreds of UK wildlife sites, says report. More


First freight train to East Midlands Gateway Terminal [Railway Gazette]

UK: DB Cargo UK operated the first commercial rail freight service to the new East Midlands Gateway Terminal in Castle Donington on January 7. More


Caledonian Sleeper boss leaves role in another blow for flagship service [Scotsman]

Ryan Flaherty has been managing director of the Caledonian Sleeper for nearly two years. More


Waterloo retains top spot as Britains busiest station [ORR]

Figures published today by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) confirm that Waterloo Station remains in top spot for the total number of passenger entries and exits with an incredible 94.2 million in a year. At the other end of the scale, there were three stations with fewer than 100 entries and exits. The least used stations were Denton and Stanlow & Thornton with each only having an estimated 46 entries and exits during the entire year while Reddish South had 60. More


Michael Matheson tackled over Caledonian Sleeper complaints [Press and Journal]

Transport Secretary Michael Matheson yesterday declined to apologise for problems blighting the Caledonian Sleeper when challenged at Holyrood. More


Caledonian Sleeper faults will take another two months to fix [Scotsman]

Remaining faults on the troubled new Caledonian Sleeper fleet will take another two months to fix, transport secretary Michael Matheson told MSPs today. More


Least used railway station gets visitor boost [BBC News]

Denton in Tameside and Stanlow and Thornton in Cheshire inherited the title from Redcar British Steel. More


ScotRail 'window-shopping' for trains [Dunfermline Press]

ScotRail says it is 'window-shopping' after putting out a tender for the supply of four daily train services between Fife and Edinburgh. More


Moo-ve out the way: 'Absolute unit' cow causes rush-hour rail delays [ITV News]

The animal was spotted on the line at Pollokshaws West, near Pollok Country Park, in Glasgow on Tuesday morning. More


The Godfather of trains: the Trans-Mongolian from Moscow to Beijing [Guardian]

For the author of Around the World in 80 Trains this was a standout journey, full of captivating encounters that could only happen on a train. More


Ferguson shipyard bosses blamed for ferries fiasco [BBC News]

The head of the government agency which ordered the vessels rejects calls for the unfinished ferries to be scrapped. More


Aberdeen rail fans get on track with work at signal box [Evening Express]

Transport bosses gifted the equipment from the facility to the group and they took advantage of a lack of train services to strip it down ahead of its demolition. More

Newtonhill: The 09.52 LNER service from Aberdeen to Kings Cross passes through the site of Newtonhill Station, closed in 1956. The signalbox closed on 28 April 2019.
Bill Roberton 25/03/2019

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