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Wednesday, 11 July 2012

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  • Line repaired after derailmentNetwork Rail completes work on the West Highland line, which has been closed after a landslip and derailment.
  • New study shows 'real' rail timesFewer than 70% of trains run on time, "real" punctuality figures published by Network Rail (NR) suggest. The statistics are based on services that arrive either early or within 59 seconds of the scheduled time.

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  • Rail chairman wades into pay stormRick Haythornthwaite attacks the sniping at Network Rail™s executive bonus scheme, saying the company will lose talent to the private sector

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  • New rail performance data releasedNetwork Rail and train companies have today released more detailed information than ever before about train punctuality, showing passengers the number of services that arrive within a minute of their...

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  • Pedestrian simulation in TorontoWritten by Erin Morrow (Senior Consultant at Arup) & Peter Debney (Senior Consultant at Oasys Software Ltd) Union Station is Toronto™s busiest transportation hub. Situated in the downtown district, it is the main terminus for the GO regional rail network, a connection into the city™s streetcar and subway networks, plus a gateway into the PATH [...]
  • Reading bridge lifted into placeNetwork Rail has produced a time-lapse video showing Reading station’s new bridge being moved into place. The initial 728 tonne structure, which is three times bigger than the current passenger bridge, was put in place at 3.30am on Sunday, following a two-night operation. Network Rail said the multi-million pound rebuilding project is currently running a [...]
  • First Capital Connect completes peaks challengeFour employees from First Capital Connect (FCC) have raised more than £11,000 for Railway Children after braving severe downpours to complete the Three Peaks Challenge by Rail. Managing director, Neal Lawson, Bedford driver, Martin Barter, and revenue protections team members, Glen Merryman and Rebecca Vandyke, climbed the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales [...]
  • Freight trains were not speeding before fatal crashTwo freight trains which collided in Oklahoma killing three crew members were not speeding, according to a preliminary accident report. On June 24, two Union Pacific freight trains travelling eastbound and westbound near Goodwell collided, sparking a diesel-fed fire. Three of the four crew members onboard received fatal injuries. The other crew member survived after [...]
  • Network Rail seeks transparency with new punctuality figuresNetwork Rail has released punctuality figures revealing exactly how many of Britain’s trains have arrived at their stations on time in the last 10 years. Just under 70 per cent of trains pulled up within a minute of their scheduled arrival time in 2011/12 – an improvement on the 46.9 per cent that turned up [...]
  • Heritage operator fined after chairman™s legs are crushed in track accidentA Heritage railway operator has been fined £5,000 after the company’s chairman had his legs crushed by a length of track as it was being moved by crane. Telford Steam Railway will also have to pay costs of £3,000, following a prosecution brought by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) for criminal breaches of health [...]

  • Fewer trains 'on time' under new, tighter test New, tighter punctuality statistics have been published by Network Rail, which only describe trains as 'on time' if they are no more than 59 seconds late at their final destination. The new figures reveal that 69.8 per cent of all passenger trains arrived early, on time or less than a minute late in 2011-12. The comparable figure under the previous, looser measurement, which was no more than five minutes late for commuter trains and ten for long distance, was 91.6 per cent. Train operators have been urged to 'go the extra mile' by a transport minister, and improve performance still further.

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