Monthly Archives: June 2016


Important step for restoring line in Sherwood Forest

The Prime Minister has made positive comments with regards to the restoration of the railway line serving Edwinstowe, Ollerton and Warsop. David Cameron was responding to a question raised by a local MP. Local leaders have urged for caution because there is a long way to go.

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Extensive vandalism at Edinburgh Gateway

British Transport Police are appealing for information after Edinburgh Gateway railway station was broken into and subjected to extensive criminal damage last night, Saturday, 11 June between 7.30pm and 9pm.

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The damage to the station, which is in Gogar and is currently under construction, has been estimated at being between £45,000 and £60,000

Inspector Lindsay Clarkson said, “The station was broken into last night and extensive damage was caused to vehicles, machinery and the buildings in the station. Windows were also smashed and graffiti daubed all over.

“BTP takes criminal damage on the rail network extremely seriously. It is nothing more than selfish vandalism that makes people fearful of their surroundings and costs the railway industry thousands of pounds to clean up.

“Unfortunately the costs associated with the clear up and fixing the damage caused is ultimately covered by the fare-paying passenger, which is not acceptable

“I would like to appeal to anyone with any information about this incident to come forward and contact us on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting reference 577 of 11/6.  I am certain that someone out there may know something that would help us catch the person or people responsible, and I would very much like to hear from them. Any information provided will be treated in the strictest of confidence.”


Borders Railway beats forecast by 22%

The latest figures show that the number of passengers carried on the Borders Railway has beaten the forecast by 22%. Nearly 700,000 people travelled on the line in its first six months of operation.
The figures indicate the new railway line is performing well beyond all expectations, representing a healthy increase of 22% on forecasts made prior to opening.
Overall 694,373 passengers travelled on the line between 6 September 2015 and 6 March 2016, well up on the projected figure of 568,023.
Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf, was joined by Phil Verster, managing director of the ScotRail Alliance, at Edinburgh Waverley Station today to announce six month railway usage figures which also detail individual station usage along the line.
Last year the Borders Railway opened following a £294 million investment by the Scottish Government to re-establish passenger railway services between Edinburgh through Midlothian to Tweedbank for the first time since 1969.
The development includes 30 miles of new railway and seven new stations with a timetable offering half-hourly services on weekdays and Saturdays, including peak time cross-Edinburgh services to and from Fife.
ScotRail’s patronage numbers, which are published today, show the overall usage of the line as well as a breakdown of passengers by station.
Stations

Forecast single trips for first 6 months of operation

ScotRail actual single trips for first 6 months of operation

 
Tweedbank 18,978 183,918 

Galashiels 20,567 104,593 

Stow 5,129 24,365 

Gorebridge 79,014 39,400 

Newtongrange 46,449 50,480 

Eskbank 114,568 65,672 

Shawfair 54,298 9,398 

Brunstane/Newcraighall 865 11,344 

Edinburgh Waverley 228,156 205,203 

Total 

568,023 694,373 +22%

Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf, said:
“There has been a surge of interest in the Borders Railway since it reopened last year; this is evident in the number of people who have travelled on the line over the first six months since opening.
“These figures are fantastic news for the region, further justifying the decision to bring a railway line back to the Borders for the first time in over 40 years.
“The reintroduction of a rail service to the Borders is opening up communities in the South-East of Scotland as new places to live, work and visit. Far from resting on our laurels the Scottish Government is now continuing our work with stakeholders, through the Borders Blueprint, to ensure that we build upon this positive start to support new opportunities, such as housing, commercial and leisure development along the Borders Railway corridor.
“The success of the Borders Railway is further proof that Scotland’s rail links are a powerful catalyst for economic growth.”
Phil Verster, managing director of the ScotRail Alliance, said: “We are incredibly proud to operate services on the Borders Railway – a route which, as the numbers show, is hugely popular with our customers.

 

“The extremely positive first six months is a wonderful start, and gives us a solid foundation on which to continue to attract new visitors to and from the Borders. We are committed to ensuring the lasting legacy of the Borders Railway.

 

“It’s clear that the success of the line has been a catalyst for other communities to champion their own rail links and we are working closely with partners to encourage and support economic growth across Scotland.” 


Glasgow Monorail plans dismissed

Retired Channel Tunnel Engineers have proposed a monorail running between Glasgow Airport and the city centre.

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The proposals have been dismissed by a city deal spokesman, who have commissioned the report investigating a fixed public transport link to Glasgow Airport. The decision into whether a tram train or personal transit pod will run into Glasgow Airport will be made in December 2016.

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