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Category Archives: Transport

Rail travel increases as petrol prices rise

The degree of substitution between rail and car travel has been highlighted in figures just published by the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC). These show that passenger numbers on the railways grew by 4.8% in the first three months of 2011, which meant growth over the financial year of 2010/11 of 6.6%. One of the main reasons for this … Continue reading

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Rail travel at its highest level since the 1920s

No less than 1.32 billion passenger journeys were made by train in 2010, which was a rise of 6.9% on 2009 and 37% up on 2000, according to the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC). In fact, passengers travelled a record 33.3 billion miles by train, as the industry bounced back successfully from the recession. This number of passengers being … Continue reading

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Increase in demand for rail travel

A significant increase in demand for rail travel during the first half of this year has seen a return to growth in passenger numbers on the railways not seen since before the recession. October 2009 marked a turning point in demand, according to analysis published today by the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC). During the first half of 2010, … Continue reading

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New plan for high-speed rail

Yesterday, Lord Adonis, the transport secretary, announced plans for a new high-speed rail network. This will initially be between London and Birmingham and will have trains which can travel at 250mph and which will cut the journey time for the 120 miles to only 46 minutes. There will be a full public consultation as to the exact route the line … Continue reading

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Competition inquiry into UK bus services

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has referred local bus services to the Competition Commission for investigation. According to the OFT they had found evidence that limited competition was pushing up prices for bus users and also producing lower quality of service.   The OFT said that it was concerned about situations where local services were being dominated by a … Continue reading

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Off the rails

Another day, another nationalisation. Following on from Northern Rock and the partial nationalisations of the Royal Bank of Scotland and the newly merged HBOS and Lloyds TSB, the government has now taken the East Coast rail franchise into state hands.   The East Coast Franchise covers the route from London to Edinburgh and is one of the UK’s major rail … Continue reading

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