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Stephen Hammond - Articles and news items

Passengers in London and Essex set for host of benefits under new rail deal

Rail industry news / 27 June 2014 /

A fleet of new trains will roll out on key lines through East London and Essex, delivering tens of thousands more seats and better journeys…

Crossrail tunnelling marathon three quarters complete following Whitechapel breakthrough

Rail industry news / 4 April 2014 /

Crossrail’s train tunnels are three quarters complete following the breakthrough of Victoria, one of the project’s huge boring machines, into Whitechapel station…

New deal for rail in the North

Rail industry news / 27 March 2014 /

A new deal for rail services in the north that will see tough new targets for punctuality, reliability and passenger satisfaction has been awarded to Northern Rail Ltd, Rail Minister Stephen Hammond announced…

East Coast on course for improved rail services

Rail industry news / 24 March 2014 /

A milestone in the transformation of rail services along one of the UK’s most iconic rail routes has been reached with the release of the invitation to tender for the East Coast franchise…

New state-of-the-art Thameslink train unveiled

Rail industry news / 29 January 2014 /

The state-of-the-art train that will transform rail travel into and across London, boost the economy and generate thousands of jobs throughout the UK was unveiled by Rail Minister Stephen Hammond…

Shortlist for new InterCity East Coast rail services

Rail industry news / 17 January 2014 /

The shortlist of bidders that will be invited to deliver proposals for improved services for passengers on the InterCity East Coast rail franchise was announced by the government…

Planning ahead to meet future demand

Issue 6 2013 / 4 December 2013 /

It is 20 years since Britain’s railways were privatised. At the time it was seen as a risky move, even though the network had grown increasingly unreliable and inefficient under state operator British Rail. Responsibility for tracks and trains was split, and private companies were invited to bid for regional franchises. Two decades later, the benefits of privatisation are clear. Passenger journeys have doubled to a level not seen since the 1920s, rail freight has grown by half, and revenue is up by more than £3 billion. And on a network roughly the same size as then, our railway today is running 4,000 extra services a day. But how our railway will continue to succeed over the next 20 years is now the key question. Importantly, it will benefit from a step change in investment. Rising passenger and freight demand since privatisation had stretched the capacity of the railway to its limits. In response, the Government has embarked on the biggest rail modernisation programme in Britain for generations.

One of the tangible benefits will be an extra 140,000 seats at peak times by the end of the decade. Between 2014 and 2019, infrastructure operator Network Rail is planning to spend over £35 billion to run and expand the railway. Of that, the Government is investing over £9 billion to deliver major improvements across the country.

We are electrifying 850 miles of track, and spending £5.8 billion on new rolling stock for our main north-south lines. We are also building Crossrail – a new high capacity railway for London and the South East.

Angel Trains unveils re-engineered Class 317 unit

Rail industry news / 28 November 2013 /

Pre-series vehicle demonstrates new train look, comfort and performance…

Boost for high speed rail services to Sandwich and Deal

Rail industry news / 13 November 2013 /

Six month extension for Southeastern to continue providing key high speed route between Sandwich and Deal…

Green light for Crossrail station at Woolwich

Rail industry news / 25 July 2013 /

TfL and DfT, sponsors of Crossrail, have confirmed that Crossrail services will call at Woolwich…