UK Railway News (w/e 26/07/2020 and 02/08/2020)

A two week round up this week, as always some stores may require a free subscription to full the article.

The Trans-Pennine route was given an allocation of £589m to help enhance the line between Leeds, Hull and Manchester. This would include the part electrification of the line, as well as potential 4 tracking of the route covering 13km. This would enable faster trains to overtake stopping services. More information can be read here : £589m to ‘kickstart’ Trans Pennine Route Upgrade

A high definition screen has started testing a London Waterloo Station. The screen gives more information to passengers about arrivals and departures, as well as an extensive list of “next train to” information. Another screen is due for trial at London Victoria by the end of September. More information can be seen here : High-definition information screen on test at London Waterloo

Stansted Express services welcomed the first of the new class 745/1 units. The main difference between this and the 745/0 units on the London to Norwich route is the lack of buffet and 1st class, but additional luggage racks. There are 767 seats on the service, which offer free wi-fi and usb sockets. More can be read here : Stansted Express Class 745/1 trainsets enter passenger service

Paddington Station has re-opened it’s western exit. This exit had been closed for Crossrail workings. It is within “the lawn” retail area, beside Sainsburys and the Ticket office. More information here : Paddington station reopens western exit following Crossrail works

That’s all for this week. Stay safe, thank you for reading, and if you found interesting please search for Rainham Rail Enthusiast on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Rail Siding.

UK Railway news (w/e 19/07/2020)

Some articles relating to the UK railway indusrty in the past week. Some articles may requite a subscription.

London Waterloo is playing host to a new passenger information screen. The high definition colour screen aims to provide concise arrival and departure information in an easy to read format. Another one is hoping to be trialled at London Victoria station, in September 2020. For such a high definition screen, its a shame that Network Rail provided such a low resolution picture in this article!! Read more here : London Waterloo trials new high-definition colour screen to provide better passenger information

The new depot at Marshgate, Doncaster was opened this week. In a brand new building, called “the mallard” it will oversee many operations over the East Coast Mainline. More can be read here : Network Rail opens £14m depot in Doncaster

A smart card type of system is being rolled out or Northern services. Initially on the Leeds and Harrogate branch, the scheme will enable passengers to buy a book of 10 tickets for unlimited daily travel, priced at the cost of 9 anytime day returns. More ticketing options are being considered for the area, including using cashless payments for journeys similar to the model used by Tfl. More on this here : Flexible ticket trial as Transport for the North plans contactless roll-out

Thats all this week, more selected news next week. Thank you for reading.

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London Waterloo Station Walkthrough

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