ConnectedCities invites Devon to discuss rail ambitions

Authored by News Desk

Devon’s rail ambitions will be discussed at a sustainable growth event on Wednesday (20 May).

ConnectedCities has invited Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Development, and Chair of the Peninsula Rail Task Force, to talk about the Devon Metro at its online seminar.

ConnectedCities is a non-political initiative which proposes...

Check before you travel by rail this weekend

Authored by Mary

Passengers travelling through South Wales and the South West over the August bank holiday are being advised to check before they travel as Network Rail carries out essential work to install part of a new signalling system for the Bristol area.

The new system is an important part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan to provide a bigger, better, more reliable railway for passengers. It...

Better journeys on the way for SW rail passengers

Authored by Mary

Plans to give rail passengers along the South Western network more trains, more space and faster journeys were announced yesterday (4 July) by Rail Minister Claire Perry.

The Department for Transport has published documents setting out how bidders for the new South Western franchise will be required to provide plans for:

  • At least 95 additional services on weekdays from
  • ...

Police continue to investigate Plymouth train crash

Authored by Mary

Officers from British Transport Police are continuing to investigate following a low-speed collision at Plymouth railway station on Sunday, 3 April which took place shortly after 3.30pm.

A number of people sustained injuries as a result of the collision between two trains, and a total of 15 people were taken to hospital on Sunday for treatment to a range of injuries.


Eighteen injured in Plymouth train crash

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Eighteen people have been injured after two trains collided at Plymouth station on Sunday afternoon (3 April).

Emergency services were called to the scene just after 3.30pm.

All 18 casualties are reported to be in a stable condition. The majority were reported as walking wounded and eight of those were taken to Derriford Hospital.

A spokesman for British Transport...

Public discussion examines future transformation of SW rail service

Authored by Mary

A £7.5billion investment designed to transform rail travel in the South West will be the subject of a public discussion at Plymouth University.

Mark Hopwood, Managing Director of the recently rebranded Great Western Railway (GWR), will be explaining why the company has looked to the past as it aims to build a brighter future for train passengers.

He will also be outlining a...

Rail passengers urged to check journey times

Authored by Mary

GWR is urging passengers to check journey times before they travel over the Christmas period as Network Rail carry out vital works to modernise the rail infrastructure.

Services will be altered between Thursday 24 December and Sunday 3 January as part of a programme of engineering in the Thames Valley needed for the launch of Crossrail in 2019, and continued works to electrify the...

Rail line disruption faces dramatic increase

Authored by Mary

Rail services to and from the South West of England could be disrupted for more than 10 per cent of each year by 2040 and almost a third by 2100, a new study suggests.

The cost of maintaining tracks and sea defences could also soar as predicted sea level rises, coupled with coastal storms and floods, pose major challenges for rail operators and governments.

The research,...

Santa leaves sleigh behind to go by train

Authored by Mary

Santa will once again surprise Plymouth’s children on board specially decorated trains in the lead up to Christmas.

Leaving the reindeer aside Father Christmas will climb on board two Sunday special Great Western Railway trains operating between Plymouth and Totnes, providing local children with the chance to share their Christmas wish list and offering a special Christmas gift to each...

Multi-taskers making the most of train journeys

Authored by Mary

Plymouth residents are most likely to spend their journeys making new friends.

Four in five (80%) people surveyed in Plymouth consider themselves multi-taskers with some spending a third of the day attempting to juggle at least two things at once.

Research released today from CrossCountry finds that more than a quarter (29%) spend over four hours multi-tasking a day, and...


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