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TfGM’s Prospectus For Rail: A Bold Vision to Boost GM Rail Journeys

How would Our Prospectus For Rail boost heavy rail and light rail journeys in Tameside?

Make no bones about it: Manchester is a UEFA Champions League city with EFL Division 2 rail services. In spite of Northern’s introduction of new trains on the Manchester Airport to Barrow-in-Furness route, it can do a lot better.

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Cuts Scene Investigation: Why Driver Only Operation Just Wouldn’t DOO

Future franchisees for Northern English rail franchises could ditch conductor guards.

Stalybridge Station, signal gantry
The recently opened eastern signal gantry at Stalybridge, viewed from the eastern end of the Manchester platforms.

Stakeholder Consultation: TransPennine Express Rail Franchise and Northern Rail Franchise (Rail North, June 2014)

The Department for Transport’s consultation on the future of Northern English railway services could see the successors of Northern Rail and First/Keolis Transpennine Express being forced to make cutbacks. Though amidst rising patronage, the DfT has suggested within its 86 page report: Continue reading “Cuts Scene Investigation: Why Driver Only Operation Just Wouldn’t DOO”

A Crossrail for the North? Time to Be Bold

HS3 in any form may be good for Northern England, but the basics need to sorted out first.

Rail patronage is booming throughout the UK, in spite of repeated stories about rising fares and substandard rolling stock. Northern England, where the terms of Northern Rail’s original franchise stymied any growth forecast, has seen record rises in patronage. Some of which partly through subsidised local fares or through necessity on journeys hitherto covered by local bus routes. Continue reading “A Crossrail for the North? Time to Be Bold”

HS3 from Manchester to Leeds? How About Holyhead to Hull?

Manchester to Leeds high speed route plans lack ambition, leaving out some of the other Northern Powerhouses.

Gideon can do fantasy, but he’s not the only dreamer. Having seen many a transport plan fall by the wayside, I still hope for better things for Northern England’s rail users. In the same way avid England fans have hoped to win the World Cup since 1966 onwards. As far as transport plans are concerned, I too can dream, but most of the time, they are just dreams. Such as a regular Stockport to Stalybridge service, or getting the 220/221 services back to pre-deregulation service levels (which are less likely than England winning the World Cup). Continue reading “HS3 from Manchester to Leeds? How About Holyhead to Hull?”

Gideon’s HS3 Plans? More Like HS2.5

Manchester to Leeds high speed route good in principle, but worthy of expansion.

So, two cheers for George Osborne’s announcement, ironically made in one of three Northern English museums slated for closure last June. Firstly, I agree with the case for faster speeds on Trans-Pennine railway service. Secondly, this could mean some newer trains over electrified lines as per the Northern Hub, scheduled for completion by 2018. Continue reading “Gideon’s HS3 Plans? More Like HS2.5”