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Railfuture North East Annual General Meeting

2.00pm, Saturday 12th March 2016


Speaker: Tobyn Hughes, Managing Director (Transport Operations), North East Combined Authority (NECA)


“The Metro System: past, present and future”



Newcastle Arts Centre

67 Westgate Road




Refreshments will be available. The venue is approx. 5 minute's walk from Newcastle Central Railway Station.


Enquiries to: Ian Walker, Secretary, Railfuture North East, 0191 372 0538


Rail User Express - January 2016 edition (opens a PDF)


Rail passenger satisfaction drops - transportfocus report, release date 27 June 2015

Yesterday we published the results of the latest National Rail Passenger Survey (NRPS). We surveyed more than 31,000 passengers in spring 2015 and found that overall satisfaction had dropped again.


The latest results show poor performance, particularly in south east England. This has led to another drop in overall satisfaction at 80 per cent: down from 82 per cent for the same period last year.


Other key results include:


       satisfaction with punctuality is down to 75 per cent (from 77 per cent in 2014) – this figure drops to 65 per cent for commuters


       value for money ratings remain below the half-way mark, at 45 per cent.


Follow these links to:


       view the Great Britain at-a-glace guide


       download the main report


       download at-a-glance guides to each train company's results


       explore and compare the results with previous years' with our data explorer. 


Louise Ellman MP responds to statement on Network Rail’s performance

25 June 2015. For Immediate Release.


The Secretary of State’s statement on Network Rail was disappointing. It is clear that some of the important schemes ministers have previously announced will not happen or will be delayed. But it is unclear what the practical implications of ‘pausing’ electrification will be for the Midland main line and the Transpennine route between Leeds and Manchester.


The Transport Committee I chaired last Parliament questioned whether the planned rail investment programme was deliverable. That Committee warned the Department in January that there were problems with escalating costs and poor planning and management.


The costs of the Great Western Main Line electrification are much higher than Network Rail and the ORR forecast. This should have been foreseen.


I welcome the emphasis that the Secretary of State is placing on the management and performance of Network Rail, and the appointment of Sir Peter Hendy. I look forward to seeing Sir Peter’s report, and that of Dame Colette Bowe.


Once the Transport Select Committee has been appointed I will be asking its members to look at Network Rail and its investment programme.



On 18 June Louise Ellman was elected Chair of the Transport Select Committee by the House of Commons. Her position becomes effective when the Committee is appointed by the House. Louise Ellman chaired the Transport Committee in the last parliament. That Committee reported on investment in rail in its 7th Report of Session 2014-15 (HC 257) - Investing in the railway; published on 23 January 2015.Branson and Prescott clash over alleged ‘horrors’ of rail franchise ownership.


20 Mar 2015 - East Coast Main privatisation


As the East Coast Main line rail franchise passed back from public ownership into private hands, two heavyweight commentators took decidedly different views on whether or not this was a good thing for either the taxpayer or the rail passenger. Click here for full article (Transport Xtra, Issue 668 20 Mar 2015).