Rail industry press briefing 2013-42

22nd November 2013

  • 24-hour weekend Tube announced
  • Camden’s HS2 worries
  • Bad smells at Liverpool St station
In this issue:

This week

A section of Pembrokeshire rail line will remain closed for several days after a freight train derailed. [BBC News]
The decision to build the new Borders railway has been described as “insane” by the Institute of Economic Affairs. [BBC News]
Plans to extend Crossrail to Reading “are of little or no use”, one of the town’s MPs has said. [BBC News]
Passengers speaking to BBC News react to 24-hour weekend Tube service. [BBC News]
The London Underground is to run a regular 24-hour Tube service at weekends for the first time in the capital’s history, it was announced. [Daily Telegraph]
London Underground will run weekend services 24 hours under plans that also involve ticket office closures and up to 750 job cuts. [BBC News]
Camden market, a north London landmark of commerce and youth culture, is warning that the disruption set to be caused by HS2 threatens one of the city’s most [Financial Times]
“Scenic trains” with panoramic windows and quality catering are planned for the next ScotRail franchise to provide a world-famous tourist experience on Scotland’s most dramatic lines. [The Scotsman]
A public inquiry has been launched into Transport for London’s (TfL) proposed Northern Line extension to Battersea. [Global Rail News]
Rail commuters are kicking up a stink about the smell and appalling conditions at Liverpool Street station. [Evening Standard]
The head of one of Britain’s biggest transport groups has criticised the Labour party’s stance over renationalising the railways, saying it was not right to shift the risk of running trains back to the taxpayer. [Financial Times]
Ambitious plans to hand control of the bulk of the north of England’s rail network over to local councils to help improve services have stalled in Whitehall, potentially undermining support in the region for high speed rail. [Financial Times]