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Key events of the past 12 months
Feb 2017 Commencement of work on HS2 phase 1 formally approved
Complete overhaul of rail ticketing system announced
Dec 2016 Government announces Network Rail to cease responsibility for UK rail network
Nov 2016 ScotRail publishes 249-point improvement plan
Croydon tram accident results in death of 7 passengers
Oct 2016 Major concerns arise regarding poor ScotRail performance.
Aug 2016 Queen Street HL reopens after completion of major tunnel and station works.
Jun 2016 ScotRail and Southern train services badly affected by industrial action.
May 2016 Restored 60103 Flying Scotsman runs on Borders Railway.
Mar 2016 Glasgow Queen Street HL station closed for tunnel works.
Feb 2016 WCML reopened following major repair work on Lamington Viaduct.
Settle & Carlisle line closed after major landslip north of Appleby.
Jan 2016 Closure of WCML caused by flood damage to Lamington Viaduct.
Dec 2015 UK train services seriously disrupted due to storms in late December.
Oct 2015 First EGIP wires appear.
Sep 2015 Queen officially opens new Borders Railway
July 2015 Winchburgh Tunnel reopens following major electrification works.
June 2015 Tickets go on sale for Borders Railway services.
April 2015 West Coast Railway Co has operating license suspended by Network Rail
ScotRail franchise moves from First Group to Abellio
Serco takes over Caledonian Sleeper services
March 2015 Virgin East Coast services commence.
February 2015 Borders Railway tracklaying completed.
December 2014 Travel chaos due to holiday engineering works overrunning at Kings Cross and Paddington.
November 2014 Stagecoach/Virgin Joint Venture selected to run re-privatised ECML
October 2014 Dutch operator Abellio to take over ScotRail franchise from FirstGroup in April 2015
August 2014 Borders Railway - first track sections in place, opening date to be 6 Sepember 2015.
June 2014 Virgin Trains WCML franchise extended to 2018.
May 2014 Serco awarded Caledonian Sleeper contract.
Edinburgh Trams operational on 31 May 2014.
April 2014 Main line through Dawlish reopens after major storm damage
February 2014 Severe and prolonged storms cause major delays and damage to railways throughout UK
January 2014 Shortlist of three announced for East Coast franchise
December 2013 Revamped Haymarket station opened to public
First Anglo-Scottish class 350 service runs between Manchester and Glasgow
November 2013 Five companies shortlisted to bid for next ScotRail franchise
September 2013 London - Amsterdam high speed service to start in 2016
July 2013 Speeding train derails in north west Spain, killing and injuring many passengers.
Mallard in Great Gathering of A4s at York to mark 75th anniversary of steam world speed record
May 2013 Glasgow Central - Whifflet line to be electrified by summer 2014
March 2013 Virgin Trains WCML franchise extended to April 2017
January 2013 HS2 phase 2 links to Manchester/Leeds announced
Cumbernauld line electrification contract placed
December 2012 BAM Nuttall appointed main contractor for Borders Railway
November 2012 Electric trains operational on Paisley Canal branch.
October 2012 WCML franchise to remain with Virgin meantime following discovery of errors by DoT.
September 2012 Work begins on electrification of Paisley Canal branch.
August 2012 WCML franchise to move from Virgin to First Group after 15 years. Subsequent legal challenge to decision mounted by Virgin. [See October entry]
July 2012 Major electrification plans announced, incuding Midland Main Line.
June 2012 Exceptionally heavy rain results in floods and landslips causing serious travel disruption and closing various lines including ECML, WCML & West Highland routes
April 2012 Rebuilding of Dundee station announced.
March 2012 Design development contract for Borders Railway awarded to BAM Nuttall.
Major revamp of Glasgow Subway announced.
January 2012 Refurbished Waverley Steps reopened.
December 2011 Painting of Forth Bridge completed [for at least 25 years]
November 2011 Last ferry sails from Stranraer Harbour
October 2011 Scottish Government decides to use Network Rail to deliver Borders Rail project.
September 2011 Edinburgh Council agrees to complete tram link between airport and St Andrew Square
August 2011 Edinburgh Council decides to terminate airport tram link at Haymarket
July 2011 Two trains collide on new Chinese high speed line
June 2011 Edinburgh Council agrees to complete tram link between airport and St Andrew Square
April 2011 First rails laid on new Borders Railway at Millerhill
March 2011 Opening of new stations at Armadale and Drumgelloch.
February 2011 New station opens at Caldercruix
January 2011 Go ahead for work to start on Waverley Steps next month
December 2010 Passenger services commence over Airdrie - Bathgate line
Severe weather causes major disruption to all transport.
October 2010 New Bathgate through station opened
August 2010 First of the new 380 units delivered
June 2010 Glasgow-Oban train derailed after rock fall near Falls of Cruachan
Eurotunnel buys First GBRf freight operation
May 2010 Waverley Steps proposals finally approved
April 2010 Arriva Group agrees to takeover by DB
March 2010 Rail services badly affected by extreme winter weather
Government unveils outline UK high speed rail plans
February 2010 Major recovery/repair operations completed at Carrbridge
RMT union calls strike over use of guards on new A-B-E services
January 2010 Container train in major derailment at Carrbridge
Weather worsens across Britain - all transport badly hit
December 2009 Festive season travel disrupted by worst weather for many years
Improvements to Kilmarnock line and Edinburgh-Glasgow via Shotts services
November 2009 Nationalised ^East Coast^ operations commence
First of the new class 70 locomotives delivered
October 2009 Plans submitted for train/tram interchange station at Gogar
September 2009 Glasgow Airport rail link cancelled
August 2009 High Speed 2 proposals published
New Market Street entrance for Waverley announced
July 2009 ECML operations effectively nationalised
June 2009 Plans for new Gourock station finally submitted
First Group reports bid for National Express rejected
May 2009 Doubts raised over future of National Express East Coast franchise
Laurencekirk station reopens after 41 years
April 2009 Planned revamp of Waverley Steps approved
Airdrie-Bathgate main contracts awarded
March 2009 Introduction of Alloa - Edinburgh service announced from May 2009
February 2009 7.9bn order placed with Hitachi for 125 replacements
January 2009 Inverness rail freight interchange officially opened
November 2008 Scottish Coal wins contract to part-supply Longannet PS
Clearance work commences on Airdrie - Bathgate Rail Link
October 2008 Doubling of Bathgate branch completed