UK railway news round-up

This week’s roundup of news from the UK railway industry.

Rail union to hold Waterloo protest over service cuts

The biggest rail workers union is holding a protest on Monday as it steps up its campaign against job losses in the industry.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will demonstrate outside Waterloo station in London, kicking off a week of campaigning action.

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The union is warning that a number of train operators are in the process of consulting to make service cuts.

New stations added to Tube map in major network expansion

Nine Elms station

Transport for London (TfL) has unveiled a new Tube map showing the first major expansion of the network this century.

The map features the two new stations making up the Northern line extension in south London. Trains will begin serving Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station from around 5.30am on September 20.

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Grant Shapps retains Transport Secretary position in PM cabinet change-up

Grant Shapps

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has expressed his delight to be reappointed during Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle on September 15.

First appointed to the role in July 2019, Shapps has been in charge of pandemic travel restrictions, and is due to give an update on red, amber and green list restrictions later today.

Violence against transport workers worse during pandemic – rail union warns

Three out of five transport workers have been verbally or physically attacked since the start of the pandemic, new research suggests.

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Most of 5,000 rail, bus and ferry workers surveyed said they believed workplace violence has worsened during the virus crisis.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) said its study revealed that one in 10 of those polled had actually been physically assaulted, nine out of 10 had been verbally abused, 16% spat at, 13% racially abused and 6% sexually assaulted.

Drunk Doncaster driver jailed for smashing into train at level crossing

Drunk driver, Michael Rochford, age 27, has been sentenced to nearly a year in jail following a collision with a moving train at a level crossing in June this year.

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On the evening of Sunday 13 June, Rochford drove his Range Rover through the security fencing at Rossington railway crossing, crashing with a moving LNER Azuma train.

Latest Service Updates

Gatwick Express  – Gatwick Express services remain suspended until further notice.
Hull Trains – Hull Trains are currently running a reduced service, in line with passenger demand and current government advice.

Transport For London Status

If you need to travel this weekend, here are planned works that may affect your journey.

Our transport network has never been cleaner. Imperial College London run monthly tests for coronavirus on the transport network and found no trace. You can read their recently published report.

Air continuously flows through all our trains, trams and buses. For example, on average, air in a Tube train changes every few minutes. Buses are fitted with air extraction and ventilation systems and we also leave windows open throughout the passenger area to keep a flow of fresh air.

Please continue to walk or cycle part of your journey where possible. If using public transport, travel during quieter times if you can. This will make social distancing easier. The quieter times to travel are:

  • Between 08:15 and 16:00 and after 17:30 on weekdays
  • Before noon and after 18:00 on weekends

Our TfL Go app can help you plan your journey and show the quieter times to travel. 

You must continue to wear a face-covering over your nose and mouth at all times when on the transport network, unless exempt. The overwhelming majority of people are complying with this requirement, and the British Transport Police, the Metropolitan Police and our own officers are on the network to check compliance. Fines of up to £6,400 exist for anyone who does not comply. 

Please also wash or sanitise your hands before and after travel.

London Underground Status

Due to the coronavirus, the following service changes will be in place until further notice. Please plan ahead and check before you travel.

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Check before you travel and plan your journey ahead of time.

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