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April 24, 2014

Future Rail: Issue 14

In this issue: How the reopening of old lines could revive rural communities, why disabled access needs to be improved on the UK’s rail network, making the switch to mobile ticketing, Network Rail’s pledge to make level crossings safer and more

By Berenice Baker

Future Rail: Issue 14 | May 2014

The UK saw a 150% increase the number of journeys using disabled persons rail cards over the past ten years, but many stations remain unusable for people with severe disabilities. We ask the UK Minister of State for Transport Baroness Kramer what is being done to improve disabled access at new and existing stations.

We also take a look at campaigns to reopen old rail lines to better connect rural areas in Devon and the Scottish Borders and find out why the quality of pedestrian links between rail stations and city centres is a critical element in improving the door-to-door passenger experience.

Moreover, we investigate why Network Rail has come under increased pressure to increase safety measures at level crossings, speak to Capital Metro about its switch to a mobile ticketing system and ask how industry stakeholders are working to reduce the skills shortage with investment in training.

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In this issue

Back on the LineMore than 40 years after the Beeching axe felled the Waverley route, the line is set to reopen. Ross Davies explores the economic and social advantages this project could bring to the Scottish BordersRead the full article.

Devon RevivalThe severe storms that hit the UK rail network earlier this year may have benefitted one old, closed line. Matt Burgess finds out how public and private groups could rebuild the Tavistock lineRead the full article.

Fixing the LinkAs the door-to-door passenger experience becomes more of a priority, Chris Lo asks how rail operators and local authorities are looking to improve the links between stations and town centresRead the full article.

Access for AllUK rail use by disabled passengers has increased dramatically over the past decade, but disabled access remains limited. Lucy Ingham asks Minister of State for Transport Baroness Kramer about what is being doneRead the full article.

Going MobileCity transit operator Capital Metro recently launched a mobile ticketing system across its network. Lucy Ingham speaks to the project’s architects to learn about the challenges and benefits of adopting such a systemRead the full article.

Crossing the LineSafety on Britain’s level crossings, although better than in many European countries, has come under criticism from the government. Matt Burgess reports on Network Rail’s target to reduce the number of deaths at crossings to zeroRead the full article.

Training for the FutureA variety of industry stakeholders are now investing in training to support new infrastructure projects. Lucy Ingham looks at the railway skills shortage and how the industry is taking responsibilityRead the full article.

Next issue preview

Train operators in the US are working to push back the deadline for mandatory installation of positive train control from 2015 to 2020. We ask whether the US Government needs to put more pressure on the industry to prevent derailments and explore the practical considerations involved

We also take a look at the DC Streetcar, a brand new light rail system which will soon be opening in Washington, DC, profile the best concepts for re-using decommissioned railway stations around the world and find out what the UK Government is doing to reduce the impact of floods and severe weather on the country’s rail network.

Moreover, we investigate the latest developments in the HS2 project and ask key industry insiders for their views on its progress and viability.

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