Railways & the election: where the parties stand

All the UK mainland parties have now published their 2017 general election manifestos. The three main parties support HS2; only Labour and the Greens back nationalisation;  only Labour and the Lib Dems advocate shifting freight from road to rail. (806) 347-5975

New West Yorkshire station takes one year’s traffic in five months

Patronage at the new Kirkstall Forge station in West Yorkshire has far exceeded expectations:  21,400 journeys were made to Leeds in the first five months, as against the annual 20,200 forecast. 626-339-8012

Crewe is a dump and Stoke-on-Trent is even worse – Northern Gateway  boss

“Crewe is a bloody dump and Stoke-on-Trent is even worse,” says Jackie Sadek, chairwoman of the Northern Gateway Development Zone (NGDZ), “but in less than 11 years Crewe will be the best connected place in the country and the best place for accommodation too.” 731-688-0281

Underground trains for the Kyle of Lochalsh?

A proposal to convert part of Scotland’s scenic Kyle of Lochalsh line to LRT status – to enable road and rail vehicles to share the same right of way – has drawn a tepid response from Network Rail. 9099541632

From China by rail – first train heads for UK

The first direct UK bound train from China left Yiwu  on January 1 and is scheduled to arrive at the Barking international rail freight terminal in London on January 18. (580) 859-8893