UK railway round-up



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

Network Rail removes graffiti in £2m spring clean

A £2 million spring clean has tackled the “eyesore” of graffiti on Britain’s railways.

Network Rail has removed and painted over graffiti at hotspots and applied anti-graffiti paint to deter people from targeting the same areas in future, describing the problem as “expensive and dangerous”.

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Parents urged to check in on children following attacks on Manchester public transport

Greater Manchester’s TravelSafe Partnership (TSP) is asking parents to check in with their children following a spate of attacks which has seen rocks, bricks and stones thrown at public transport.

Half-price sale on rail fares announced to help with cost-of-living pressures

Train tickets are set to be slashed by as much as half as the Government looks to address cost-of-living pressures with cheaper travel in April and May.

In what is being dubbed the Great British Rail Sale, the Transport Secretary said more than one million train tickets would be reduced this spring.

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Rail strike threat in job cuts and pay row

More than 40,000 railway workers are to be balloted for strike action in disputes over jobs and pay, it was announced on Wednesday.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said a yes vote among its members could lead to the biggest rail strike in modern history.

Salford bids for new Great British Railway headquarters

Salford City Council has announced that it is bidding for Salford to be the home of Great British Railways (GBR).

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The council submitted their bid via the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) to the government which proposes that the new home of GBR would be Embankment – a modern and sustainable office building complex in the city centre.

Latest Service Updates

Gatwick Express  –  Gatwick Express services have been reinstated as of April 3rd 2022.
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.

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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.

  • RMT STRIKE ACTION: There is planned strike action every Friday and Saturday night between 2030 and 0429 the following morning until Sunday 19 June.
  • METROPOLITAN LINE: We are running a special service on the Metropolitan line until further notice, please check before you travel.
  • NORTHERN LINE: From Saturday 15 January until mid May 2022, no service between Moorgate and Kennington due to major upgrade works.
  • TFL RAIL: From 2200 Saturday 23 April, a reduced frequency, four trains an hour, operates between Paddington and Heathrow Terminals 2 and 3. Trains will not call at Acton Main Line, West Ealing and Hanwell. On Sunday 24 April, services at 0007 0511 0541 0611 and 0641 from Paddington to Heathrow and 0600 and 0700 from Heathrow to Paddington trains will not operate.
  • WATERLOO & CITY LINE: Closed on weekends and public bank holidays.

London Overground

  • LONDON OVERGROUND: Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 April, no service between Willesden Junction and Clapham Junction.

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


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