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Waverley paddle steamer appeal given £1m from Scottish government [BBC News]

The Scottish government pledges £1m to help get the world's last seagoing paddle steamer sailing again. More


Pitlochry station is best in Britain [ScotRail]

Pitlochry station has been named the best medium sized station in Britain at the National Rail Awards 2019. The highland railway station won the Medium Station of the Year award at the event in London last night, Thursday, 19 September 2019. Judges assessed the nominees against set criteria, including safety, infrastructure and customer-friendly presentation. More


First Glasgow Hamilton express bus route axed [Scotsman]

First Glasgow is to axe an express bus service into Glasgow because of traffic congestion and competition from ScotRail. The X1 commuter link from Hamilton will end on 27 October, the operator confirmed to The Scotsman. More


Serco NorthLink named as preferred bidder for Northern Isles ferry services [BBC News]

Serco NorthLink is named as the preferred bidder for the services between Orkney, Shetland and Aberdeen. More


Liverpool Lime Street crowned station of the year at railway Oscars [Network Rail]

Liverpool Lime Street has been named as major station of the year at the 2019 National Rail Awards. The Network Rail managed transport hub beat London Bridge, Kings Cross, Glasgow Central, Manchester Piccadilly and York to the top spot in one of the nights most sought-after accolades. The award comes after last years completion of a major £140m overhaul of the historic grade-II listed station. More


Competition watchdog probes West Coast Rail franchise award [Scotsman]

The competition watchdog has launched a probe into the award of a contract to replace Virgin Trains in running services on the West Coast Main Line. A joint venture between Aberdeen-based FirstGroup and Italian-owned train operator Trenitalia is due to launch on December 8. But the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it is investigating whether the Department for Transport's (DfT) decision to award the West Coast Partnership (WCP) franchise to First Trenitalia could lead to competition concerns. More


Scotlands Railway gets ready for autumn [Network Rail]

cotlands Railway is more prepared than ever before to keep trains moving during autumn. Rail cleaning trains will treat 20,000 more miles of track than last year, more Leaf Buster teams will be out on the network and small changes to the timetable will help make the service more reliable. Ground-breaking microwave and cryogenic technologies will also be used for the very first time on Scotlands Railway to help keep rails clean and customers safe. Every autumn, the trees that grow along the railway drop thousands of tonnes of leaves onto the tracks and this debris can break down into a slippery surface that sticks to the rails and causes trains to lose their grip. This can make trains overshoot signals and platforms “ potentially putting customers and staff in danger. Debris can also affect signalling systems, making it hard to track where trains are on the network. More


Scotlands Railway flourishes at Beautiful Scotland Awards [ScotRail]

Community projects across Scotlands Railway flourished at the Beautiful Scotland Awards in Dumfries last week. Five volunteer groups on Scotlands Railway triumphed from the 12 categories and 13 discretionary awards. The ceremony recognised the commitment of volunteers across the country who work hard to improve the places they care for. More


New ORR rail punctuality statistics will help industry focus on boosting performance for passengers [ORR]

New-style stat[istic]s from the Rail Regulator (ORR) show today that 64.7% of stations were arrived at on time in the year to June 2019. The statistics use the new On Time punctuality measure, which registers trains as being on time only when they arrive at station stops within one minute of schedule. The more widely-reported measure for punctuality - public performance measure (PPM) - registers trains that arrive within 5 or 10 minutes of their scheduled arrival time, dependent on the service. On Time is measured at station stops along the route whereas PPM only measures punctuality at each trains final destination. More


Slug Road in Stonehaven be lowered to allow double-decker buses [Press and Journal]

A busy commuter road in Stonehaven could be lowered to allow buses and other high vehicles to safely pass under the railway bridge. More


Planning application for Forth Bridge Experience submitted [Network Rail]

Network Rail has submitted a planning application to City of Edinburgh Council for proposals to install a bridge walk and visitor hub at the iconic Forth Bridge. [The Network Rail site has a link to the planning application.] More


Improved road, air, maritime and rail links among suggestions for north-east’s future [Press and Journal]

Improved road, air, sea and rail links- and even a tram network for Aberdeen- are part of a package of more than 40 suggestions to boost the north-east’s economy in the future. More


University of Birmingham leases HST for alternative fuel tests [RAIL]

Former Great Western Railway HST to be used for alternative fuel research More


Ferry giant urged to act to ease island crisis [The Herald]

Scotland's state-owned ferry operator should overhaul its systems to make it easier to identify capacity crunch points on one of the west coasts busiest routes. More


Tyne and Wear Metro: Hitachi in County Durham fails to win new train contract [BBC News]

The Japanese train builder Hitachi has failed to win an order to supply 54 new trains for the Tyne and Wear metro. The company was up against Spanish firm CAF and Swiss train manufacturer Stadler for the £500m contract. Hitachi, which has a plant in County Durham, said it could not comment for legal reasons. Metro operator Nexus said it could not comment. More


Network Rail and Hack Partners launch post-hackathon acceleration fund [Network Rail]

Network Rail and Hack Partners, the company behind the HackTrain initiative, have launched a new post-hackathon fund designed to accelerate the development of innovative ideas to improve rail services for passengers. More


Left luggage facility at Aberdeen station to close due to lack of demand [Press and Journal]

ScotRail has confirmed its left luggage store in Aberdeen will close next month. More


£26m investment announced for Isle of Wight rail line [BBC News]

A £26m package of investment in the worn-out Isle of Wight railway line has been unveiled by the government. The Island Line service between Ryde and Shanklin currently uses 1938-built former London Underground trains. The plans include replacing the trains with more modern Tube trains from London Underground's District Line. A passing loop will also be created at Brading which will allow trains to run half-hourly to Ryde pier to connect with ferry services to Portsmouth. South Western Railway said the first of the five two-car District Line trains was due to be tested on the line from early next summer. More

Ryde Esplanade: So that's why they use Tube trains - the very shallow tunnel under Ryde, with the 15.52 for Shanklin approaching over the crossover.
Ken Strachan 01/04/2018

Bo^ness: Battery powered Vivarail D-train 230002 moves out of the yard at Boness on 9th October 2018. The unit took a power charge before public demonstrations the following day.
Bill Roberton 09/10/2018

Shanklin: Former LT Tube stock in use on the Isle of Wight standing alongside a wet platform at Shanklin in February 1988. [See image 39454]
Ian Dinmore /02/1988


Scenic railways provide a taste of Scotland [ScotRail]

Customers travelling on Scotland's most scenic railways can now indulge in locally sourced Scottish produce while they take in the rolling scenery. ScotRails Great Scenic Tasting Box brings together an exceptional range of food and drink from throughout Scotland. Customers can choose a Great Glen charcuterie or cheddar and caramelised onion slices from the Scottish Borders. More

ScotRail: ScotRail’s Great Scenic Tasting Box brings together an exceptional range of food and drink from throughout Scotland. Customers can choose a Great Glen charcuterie or cheddar and caramelised onion slices from the Scottish Borders. Pate from West Lothian, Perthshire water, Moray oatcakes, Aberdeenshire crisps and chocolate, and Edinburgh shortbread provide a feast of flavours from every corner of the country, and it can be washed down with a Glengoyne 10-year-old malt or Edinburgh gin and tonic. A complimentary map and guide to the route is also included. Great Scenic Tasting Boxes are available to buy at Glasgow Queen Street, Fort William and Inverness stations for £16, or two for £30.
ScotRail 16/09/2019


Caledonian Sleeper staff set strike date [BBC News]

Members of the RMT union are taking industrial action over concerns about staffing levels and training. More


£194m railway stations upgrade revealed by Transport for Wales [BBC News]

Details of how all railway stations in Wales will benefit from a £194m investment pot have been unveiled. Transport for Wales (TfW) said it included a facelift for Swansea and 1,500 car parking spaces Wales-wide. Wales' 247 stations will see wi-fi brought in, better security, buildings and shelters and improved passenger information over the next 15 years. More


More than one million people have taken train to Dundee since V&A opening [ITV News]

More than one million people have taken the train to Dundee in the year since the V&A museum opened in the city, new figures show. ScotRail said that 1,017,693 passengers have travelled to the city since September 15 2018, a 14% increase on the previous year. V&A Dundee itself has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors since it opened on that date last year. More


Solway Junction Railway: The ill-fated Scotland to England rail route [BBC News]

The line across the Solway Firth was opened 150 years ago but weather and economics took their toll. More

Solway Viaduct: Last stand. Rusting cast iron columns and oxide stained rocks mark the southern remains of the Solway Viaduct. View across the firth towards the town of Annan in November 2007. Eagle-eyed observers may be able to make out the corresponding embankment on the north shore, which is situated approximately 1.1 miles from the camera position.
John Furnevel 06/11/2007

Solway Viaduct: Standing at the end of the embankment at Bowness-on-Solway on 6 November 2007 looking north across the border to the shoreline at Annan. After clearing the northern embankment the line climbed to Shawhill Junction which gave a choice of G&SW or Caledonian routes north. On the right of the trackbed is the pipeline built to carry waste water down to the Solway from Chapelcross nuclear power station.
John Furnevel 06/11/2007

Solway Viaduct: Aerial view of the Solway Firth. The former route of the Solway Firth Viaduct can be seen running from middle left to bottom right. The approaching lines can be seen and the route of the Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway can also be seen.
Ewan Crawford //


Parking attendants will be able to fine people who breach new restrictions at East Lothian train station car parks [Edinburgh Evening News]

Parking attendants will be given powers to fine people who breach new restrictions at train station car parks in East Lothian. Negotiations are underway between ScotRail and East Lothian Council to let the local authority take over management of station car parks, currently overseen by the train company. Plans to introduce restrictions, including yellow lines, waiting restrictions and loading and unloading areas, were given the go ahead at a meeting of the councils cabinet this week. More


ScotRail cancels seven Edinburgh trains after driver clocks on three hours early [Scotsman]

Seven ScotRail trains on Edinburgh services had to be cancelled today because a driver started work three hours early. More


Plans revealed for new Skye ferry terminal [Press and Journal]

Detailed plans have been revealed for the new Highland Council ferry terminal in Uig. More

Uig Pier: Calmac 'MV Hebrides' loads at Uig Pier on the north of Skye as it readies for its 1400hrs sailing to Tarbert on the Isle of Harris on 19th June 2013. [See image 65147].
David Pesterfield 19/06/2013

Uig Pier: The view over the stern of MV Hebrides as she arrived in Uig from Lochmaddy on 1st August 2018. The linkspan is at the end of a long pier that for most of its length is only wide enough for a single vehicle so strict marshalling of traffic is in place.
Mark Bartlett 01/08/2018

Uig Pier: The ferry MV Hebrides berthed at Uig in October 2010.
Ian Dinmore 25/10/2010


ScotRail now won't hit its punctuality target until 2022 [Scotsman]

ScotRail hitting its punctuality target has been postponed by another year to 2022, transport secretary Michael Matheson told MSPs today More


Scottish Government ready to take over ScotRail as under fire Abellio warned over performance failure [Sun]

The Scottish Government has put plans in place to run the railways as an 'operator of last resort' if ScotRail's performance fails to improve, the Transport Secretary has confirmed. Michael Matheson said the current Abellio ScotRail franchise could be terminated if it fails to deliver on the remedial plan it was issued with earlier this year. More


Inverness railway station revamp delayed [Inverness Courier]

Major improvements to Inverness railway station announced more than a year ago have been delayed, and no timetable has been drawn up for their completion. A £6 million revamp of the station was first announced several years ago and it was thought the work would begin in summer 2018, with funding already in place for the first phase. Plans for a pedestrianised frontage at Station Square had to be abandoned after the owners of the Royal Highland Hotel refused to give up their lease on several parking places there, but by December it was understood work would begin in 2019. More

Inverness: The main entrance to Inverness Station, facing onto Station Square, just off Academy Street, on 19 November 2014. The Royal Highland Hotel (formerly The Station Hotel) stands alongside on the right.
Andy Furnevel 19/11/2014


Collapsed ceilings among 1000 defects at Station Hotel [Daily Record]

A damning structural report has found close to 1000 defects in the crumbling Station Hotel in Ayr. Collapsed ceilings on multiple floors, rat and pigeon droppings on surfaces and missing window panes are just some of hundreds of problems. Water has been seeping into the once grand B-listed building scarring the walls with damp and mould. More

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