Agreement in sight to bring fast rail link to Scotland

27 July, 2015

An agreement to cut train journeys from Scotland to London to three hours by bringing high-speed rail north of the Border is in the offing between the UK and Scottish governments.

The deal could involve a combination of upgrading existing tracks and building new high-speed lines, targeting sections of new line, built for higher speed, to provide the extra line capacity where necessary.

A spokesperson from the Scottish Government said “The Scottish Government and the Department for Transport (DfT) continue to work together and we are optimistic about seeing a joint, positive announcement as the outcome of these talks.”

Read Alastair Dalton’s full article in The Scotsman here.

Stepping Stones to a re-balanced Britain

26 January, 2015

There is widespread agreement that rail needs to improve to help bridge the north south divide. The refranchising of Northern Rail and TransPennine Express is key in this.  An important stage has now been reached with the Department for Transport about to publish an Invitation to Tender (ITT). The ITT must set the tone for service improvement and reject the ‘minimum cost’ approach to Northern Rail taken in the past. This report, commissioned by Campaign for Better Transport, aims to define the ‘stepping stones’  needed between now and the 2020s – when major new rail investment comes on stream –  steps that should form an integral part of the new Northern franchise. Read the full report here: Stepping Stones to a re balanced Britain

Rail in the North: Stepping Stones to a rebalanced Britain

19 November, 2014

With government endorsing the long term strategy for the North’s railways contained in the One North proposition of July 2014, Rail in the North: Stepping Stones to a rebalanced Britain highlights the opportunities for all round improvement that the imminent Invitation to Tender for the new Northern Rail franchise brings.

Prepared by Greengauge 21 for Campaign For Better Transport, the report discusses

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Stoke and Staffordshire can be key HS2 beneficiaries – as well as Crewe

5 September, 2014

This latest report from Greengauge 21 sets out the opportunity to serve both Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford with a regular direct HS2 service, while protecting the wide set of benefits from accelerated development of the route to Crewe proposed by Sir David Higgins earlier this year.

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HS2: the critics answered

29 October, 2013

With the publication of the Strategic Case for HS2, the Department of Transport has answered the criticisms and questions raised against the project. There is a sound business case for HS2. The result of a whole series of updates to key assumptions is a benefit cost ratio for the first phase of the project that is unchanged. The business case for the whole project (both phases) remains

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