This day in history 12 January

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Galashiels Shed: A4 no 60026 Miles Beevor photographed at the rear of Galashiels shed in January 1964. (The shed had been officially closed since April 1962.) The A4 appears to have been stored here for a period following transfer away from New England in late 1963. 60026 was subsequently moved to Bathgate for a time, again in store, prior to being returned to operational status at Ferryhill on 13 April 1964. [See image 30104]

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [12/01/1964]


Galashiels Shed: Inside looking out. The closed (since April 1962) and unlit shed at Galashiels, seen here in January 1964. The building was being used at that time to store A4 no 60026 Miles Beevor, which languished here for a while on its way north to re-enter active service at Ferryhill shed, Aberdeen, 3 months later. The message chalked on the side of the tender reads 'Tank & boiler MT (empty!) 22/11/63'. [See image 49090]

Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [12/01/1964]


Carlisle: D28 passing Crown Street Goods depot on the approach to Carlisle on a wet Wednesday 12 January 1972. The train is the 1025 Leeds - Glasgow Central.

Settle and Carlisle Railway
John Furnevel [12/01/1972]


Lostock Hall Junction: 47480 Robin Hood approaches Lostock Hall Junction with a diverted Up passenger service that has run via the S&C, Hellifield and Blackburn. The cleared area by the catch points is where the former line to Todd Lane Junction and Preston E.L. diverged until 1972. Brush Type 4 47480, which emerged from Crewe in 1964 as D1616, subsequently became 47971 but was withdrawn in 1998 and cut up at EMR Kingsbury in 2001.

East Lancashire Railway
Mark Bartlett [12/01/1981]


Willesden: The lower level platforms at Willesden Junction in January 1989, with a 2-car EPB unit on the left and a Euston bound 2-car 313 boarding on the right.

London and Birmingham Railway
Ian Dinmore [12/01/1989]


Millerhill Marshalling Yard: A pair of Transrail liveried class 37s entering Millerhill yard from the north in January 1998 with a spoil train.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
John Furnevel [12/01/1998]


Karlsplatz (Vienna): Platform level view of Karlplatz station in Vienna in 2002.

U-Bahn-NetzWien
Ewan Crawford [12/01/2002]


Powderhall Viaduct: Bridge over the Water of Leith near the north end of the former Powderhall station looking south in January 2003. A train of waste containers from the Powderhall 'destructor' stretches over the bridge.

Easter Road Deviation (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [12/01/2003]


Easter Road: View east towards Lochend South Junction from Crawford footbridge near Easter Road station in January 2003. The plate girder bridge crossing the line in the background once carried the Leith Central branch between London Road Junction and Lochend North Junction.

Easter Road Deviation (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [12/01/2003]


Niddrie West Junction: EWS 66111 running light engine takes the line towards Millerhill Yard at Niddrie West Junction in January 2003. Arthur's Seat dominates the background.

Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway
John Furnevel [12/01/2003]


Easter Road: Looking west towards the remains of Easter Road station in January 2003.

Easter Road Deviation (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [12/01/2003]


Powderhall: The loading apron at Powderhall depot in January 2003 with compacted refuse containers stacked in the background. The container flats are positioned using the cable running from the winchroom on the left and connected to the train via the yellow loop box between the rails.

Easter Road Deviation (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [12/01/2003]


Powderhall: Partially loaded Binliner containers at Powderhall in January 2003. The containers in the distance at the rear of the train are standing on the bridge over the Water of Leith.

Easter Road Deviation (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [12/01/2003]


Wallyford: An ECML Kings Cross - Edinburgh Waverley - Glasgow Central GNER service speeds north through Wallyford station on a bright and chilly 12 January 2003.

North British Railway
John Furnevel [12/01/2003]


Stirling: A strangely deserted forecourt at Stirling station on 12 January 2005. Probably as a result of most people having sought shelter from the heavy rain. Huh.

Scottish Central Railway
John Furnevel [12/01/2005]


Boness: View over a quiet Bo'ness station from the footbridge in January 2005.

Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway
John Furnevel [12/01/2005]


Stirling: Up postal running south through Stirling station on a wet and gloomy (note the platform lights are on) January day in 2005 behind an unidentified EWS class 67 locomotive.

Scottish Central Railway
John Furnevel [12/01/2005]


Stirling: Panorama of Stirling station from the north in January 2005. On the left a terminated DMU service from Glasgow Queen Street is at platform 10 awaiting its return departure time. For the view from the same spot 28 years earlier [see image 4834].

Scottish Central Railway
John Furnevel [12/01/2005]


Stirling: SPT-liveried 170474 arrives at Stirling's platform 2 on a grey and overcast January afternoon in 2005 with a Glasgow Queen Street - Dunblane service.

Scottish Central Railway
John Furnevel [12/01/2005]


Stirling: View east across the platforms at Stirling in January 2005 with a DMU recently arrived from Queen Street awaiting its departure time for the journey back to Glasgow. It would be more than three years before the reopening of the line to Alloa.

Scottish Central Railway
John Furnevel [12/01/2005]


Stirling: A northbound service arriving at Stirling in January 2005.

Scottish Central Railway
John Furnevel [12/01/2005]


Aberdeen Waterloo: Aberdeen Waterloo is currently being re-developed in conjunction with Aberdeen Harbour Board to add 2 additional 300 metre long sidings to handle increasing freight arriving at and leaving the port by rail. Here is the scene on the 12th of January 2008 as work gets underway.

Aberdeen Waterloo Extension (Great North of Scotland Railway)
John Williamson [12/01/2008]


Alexandra Parade: 334 012 pulls into Alexandra Parade on 12 January with a service to Dalmuir.

City of Glasgow Union Railway
David Panton [12/01/2008]


Glasgow Central: 185131 at the Platform 5 buffer stops waiting to form the 0840 service to Manchester Airport

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Graham Morgan [12/01/2008]


Glasgow Central: 90021 at Platform 9 with the terminated Glasgow Central portion of the Caledonian Sleeper

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Graham Morgan [12/01/2008]


Glasgow Central: 221135 crossing the Clyde Viaduct on the approach to Platform 2

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Graham Morgan [12/01/2008]


Glasgow Central: 91117 at Platform 1 waiting to form the 0850 NXEC service to Newcastle

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Graham Morgan [12/01/2008]


Glasgow Central: Southwest Trains liveried 158789 just arrived at Platform 8 of Glasgow Central

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Graham Morgan [12/01/2008]


Barnhill: 320 310 at Barnhill with a Springburn - Dalmuir train on 12 January 2008.

City of Glasgow Union Railway
David Panton [12/01/2008]


Glasgow Central: South West Trains liveried 158789 at Glasgow Central with a service from Edinburgh on 12th January

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Graham Morgan [12/01/2008]


Bellgrove: 320 302 stops at Bellgrove with an Airdrie service on 12 January 2008. Standing above the rear of the train on the other side of Bellgrove Street are the remains of the once extensive Glasgow Cattle Market.

Glasgow and Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway)
David Panton [12/01/2008]


Tay Bridge: This Edinburgh 170 is passing the locus of the former distant semaphore signal for Tay Bridge South Junction. Ninewells Hospital and the three blocks of high flats at Blackness are visible on the north shore beyond the train.

Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
Brian Forbes [12/01/2008]


Wormit: Looking north over the Wormit tennis courts and the River Tay to Dundee Law on 12 January.

Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
Brian Forbes [12/01/2008]


Duke Street: A Springburn train, formed by 334 012, at Duke Street on 12 January 2008.

City of Glasgow Union Railway
David Panton [12/01/2008]


Loch Lubhair: Looking west along the old Callander and Oban Line trackbed about 3 miles east of Crianlarich. The photo was taken late in the afternoon on a beautiful crisp winter day in January 2008. Loch Lubhair can be seen on the right.

Callander and Oban Railway
Neil Heggie [12/01/2008]


Nitshill: 156 431 runs into a freezing Nitshill station with a Glasgow bound service on 12 January 2008. Nobody got on...and nobody got off.

Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
David Panton [12/01/2008]


Glasgow Central: 185131 at Glasgow Central on 12th January waiting to form the 0840 service to Manchester Airport

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Graham Morgan [12/01/2008]


Priesthill and Darnley: 156 435 at Priesthill and Darnley in January 2008 with a service for Glasgow Central.

Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
David Panton [12/01/2008]


Barnhill: 320 310 at Barnhill about to start the final leg of its journey to Springburn on 12 January 2008.

City of Glasgow Union Railway
David Panton [12/01/2008]


Glasgow Central: 185131 on the approach to Glasgow Central on 12th January to form the 0840 service to Manchester Airport.

Glasgow Central Station (Caledonian Railway)
Graham Morgan [12/01/2008]


Torre: With the imminent withdrawal of South West Trains services from West of Exeter in May 2009; this picture was taken at Torre station on 12 January.

South Devon Railway
Ian Dinmore [12/01/2009]


Hatton West Junction: Grab shot from a Stratford-Upon-Avon to Marylebone train passing Hatton West Junction and about to join the main line south at Hatton station. The photograph shows the link line that runs between Hatton West and Hatton North Junctions. There were no standard scheduled services over this link at this time but it was used to handle excursion specials (such as The Shakespeare) as well as empty stock movements.

Stratford-on-Avon Railway
Mark Bartlett [12/01/2010]


Edinburgh Waverley: Network Rail yellow 31233, with BR blue 31106 at the other end, sandwich the Measurement Train at Waverley Station on 12 January 2010. The train was about to head west for Bathgate. [See image 27170]

North British Railway
Bill Roberton [12/01/2010]


Wilmcote: A Stratford-upon-Avon to Stourbridge Junction service, formed by 150005, leaves Wilmcote on 12 January. Immediately north of here is semaphore controlled Bearley Junction, where the Hatton line diverges, but this train will take the Henley-in-Arden line to Birmingham.

Stratford-on-Avon Railway
Mark Bartlett [12/01/2010]


Wilmcote: Chiltern Railways operate six through trains a day from Stratford-upon-Avon to Marylebone and these also provide the service on the branch from Bearley Junction to Hatton. 165014 calls at Wilmcote on 12 January just before joining the branch with the 1436 from Stratford.

Stratford-on-Avon Railway
Mark Bartlett [12/01/2010]


Wilmcote: Wilmcote was built in 1907 and many of its GWR features survive, although the station building seen here is in fact a private residence and cannnot be accessed from the platforms. This view from the footbridge is towards Stratford-upon-Avon, the next station and now terminus of the line.

Stratford-on-Avon Railway
Mark Bartlett [12/01/2010]


Edinburgh Waverley: BR blue 31106 on one end of the NR measurement train at Waverley on 12 January 2010 [see image 27166]

North British Railway
Bill Roberton [12/01/2010]


Birmingham Moor Street: View over the concourse at Birmingham Moor Street on 12 January 2010 showing the period notices that give so much character to the station. These bay platforms were not in use at the time but that later changed when Chiltern Railways introduced an enhanced and accelerated service to London Marylebone. (See News Item posted on 15.01.2010)

Great Western Railway
Mark Bartlett [12/01/2010]


Whinhill: 314206 departing Whinhill for Wemyss Bay on a snowy 12th January 2011. At one time there were two running lines here, with the second down line passing through the area on which the station now stands. [see image 9586]

Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway
Graham Morgan [12/01/2011]


Cartsburn Tunnel South: Looking towards Port Glasgow from Whinhill on a snowy 12th January 2011. At one time there were two running lines here, each with its own tunnel. This is the redundant second Cartsburn Tunnel once used by the down line. [see image 9583].

Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway
Graham Morgan [12/01/2011]


Whinhill: Looking towards Port Glasgow from Whinhill on a snowy 12th January 2011. The redundant second Cartsburn Tunnel is out of sight to the right of picture behind the vegetation [see image 9583].

Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway
Graham Morgan [12/01/2011]


Manila: 'Do you need that unit, Gloria?': 'You're kidding, Mary Jane! It's old stock, I've seen the whole class!' Filipina tram spotters compare notes at United Nations halt on LRT line 1 in January 2012. These trams were built in the Czech Republic, and are now undergoing their second refurbishment - the bogies, and rusty panels around the windscreens, being due for attention.

Manila LRT
Ken Strachan [12/01/2012]


Marylebone: Gate detail near the entrance to Marylebone station in January 2013.

Marylebone Station (Great Central Railway)
Peter Todd [12/01/2013]


Marylebone: A Chiltern 168 at the buffer stops at Marylebone station on 12 January 2013.

Marylebone Station (Great Central Railway)
Peter Todd [12/01/2013]


Marylebone: Last but not least. Entrance to the Great Central Railway's 1899 London terminus at Marylebone in January 2013.

Marylebone Station (Great Central Railway)
Peter Todd [12/01/2013]


Marylebone: East side of Marylebone station from the concourse on 12 January 2013.

Marylebone Station (Great Central Railway)
Peter Todd [12/01/2013]


Marylebone: Detail of arched entrance to Marylebone station, January 2013.

Marylebone Station (Great Central Railway)
Peter Todd [12/01/2013]


Edgware Road: Entrance to Edgware Road Underground station on 12 January 2013.

Metropolitan Railway
Peter Todd [12/01/2013]


Cathcart: An ornate lamp-bracket remains at the Delvin Road entrance to Cathcart station.

Cathcart District Railway
John Yellowlees [12/01/2016]


Edinburgh Waverley: This is the Lamington Viaduct notice at Waverley.

North British Railway
John Yellowlees [12/01/2016]


Charlestown West Quarry: Charlestown, West Quarry - old tramway rail being used as a fence post support? 12 January 2017.

Charlestown Limestone Waggonway
Mark Poustie [12/01/2017]


Taynuilt: Taynuilt Signal Box in the snow.

Callander and Oban Railway
John Yellowlees [12/01/2017]


Haymarket: New messages at Haymarket!

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
John Yellowlees [12/01/2017]


Loch Leven Curler^s Platform: View south alongside Loch Leven. I'm not sure where exactly Loch Leven Curler's Platform was located but here, where the loch is not far to the left, seems likely. The tragic remains of a telegraph pole sits on the ballast.

Kinross-shire Railway
Ewan Crawford [12/01/2018]


Carnforth: DRS 68029 stabled in the Down Loops at Carnforth having just arrived from Carlisle via Whitehaven and Barrow on a driver training run. The loco was top and tailing three coaches with class mate 68003 Astute and the train returned to Carlisle by the same route after a crew rest break.

Lancaster and Carlisle Railway
Mark Bartlett [12/01/2018]


Brackenhills: Looking towards Kilbirnie across the abutments of the bridge over the Powgree Burn to the west of Brackenhills station on the Giffen - Kilbirnie branch of the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway. Beyond this point the line is completely obliterated, bridges and abutments removed, cuttings infilled and embankments removed. Visited on a frosty winter day when access is easier and the bridge is not hidden by foliage. The track was probably lifted around 1950.

Barkip Railway
Douglas Blades [12/01/2018]


Carnforth Furness and Midland Junction: 68003 Astute is on the rear of a three coach Class 68 driver training special that has just operated over the Cumbrian Coast line and will shortly terminate in Carnforth loops before returning by the same route. 68029 was the lead locomotive. 12th January 2018.

Ulverston and Lancaster Railway
Mark Bartlett [12/01/2018]


Warton: 68029 hauls three DRS coaches and 68003 under the Ironworks Tramroad bridge at Warton on 12th January 2018. This was a driver training run from Carlisle to Carnforth and back, ahead of the anticipated replacement of the Class 37/4 & DBSO formations on Cumbrian Coast services with top and tail Class 68s.

Ulverston and Lancaster Railway
Mark Bartlett [12/01/2018]


Grangemouth: 60047 with the empties from Dalston passing the site of the former Grangemouth station, just awaiting the will to re-open it. With the reduction in trackwork there's plenty of spare room here.

Grangemouth Railway (Forth and Clyde Canal)
Ewan Crawford [12/01/2018]


Kinross [2nd]: This rather impressive artwork exists close to the trackbed just south of Loch Leven station. So far so good. Unfortunately it is closest to the site of the Kinross-shire Railway's short lived Kinross terminus and although the date range is correct for the line east from Mawcarse the route through Kinross closed in 1970.

Kinross-shire Railway
Ewan Crawford [12/01/2018]


Kinross Junction [2nd]: I've heard rumours that this was a portion of platform remaining at Kinross Junction. A revisit confirmed this is a length of retaining wall on the west side of the former station. This view looks south from the north end of the former island platform. A portion of the foundations of the platform building remains, very overgrown, to the south [see image 20706].

Fife and Kinross Railway
Ewan Crawford [12/01/2018]


Upper Greenhill: Westbound electric on the Edinburgh and Glasgow viewed from the Greenhill Lower bridge.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Ewan Crawford [12/01/2018]


Kinross [2nd]: This small hut stood next to the signal box south of Loch Leven station on the site of the short lived Kinross terminus of the Kinross-shire Railway. The two track main line, locomotive shed and goods yard were to the right.

Kinross-shire Railway
Ewan Crawford [12/01/2018]


Events


Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.

YearCompaniesDescription
1903Glasgow City and District Railway
Coatbridge Branch (North British Railway)
City of Glasgow Union Railway
Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Glasgow Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
Stobcross Railway
Circular service withdrawn.

News


These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.

YearCompaniesDescription
2005Severe weather 7-12 JanuaryVery stong winds and rain impacted on most of Scotland^s rail services in this period. The heaviest rain since 1822 fell in Carlisle causing widespread flooding when the River Eden burst its banks, a P&O ferry was blown onto the shore at Cairnryan and passengers and crew spent 30 hours aboard before re-floating. The Highland Main line was closed repeatedly due to flooding at Dalguise and Kingussie. Both the Forth and Tay bridges were closed. On the 12th the entire ScotRail network was closed as winds gusts reached 124mph. Routes were re-opened once proved safe. The Edinburgh - Glasgow line re-opened at 0715 with trains running at a restricted 50mph. Most lines re-opened although the Glasgow-Paisley line closed with an overhead line fault at Ibrox. The Highland Main Line, Carlisle-Lockerbie/Dumfries, Mallaig, Kyle and Wick lines remained closed. The front cover of the Scotsman featured a spectacular photograph of a train being engulfed by a wave at Saltcoats. The Highland Main Line re-opened on the 13th.
2006Globe-trotting trams chiefs go as far as Australia [Scotsman]POLITICIANS and transport experts behind Edinburgh^s tram proposals have visited destinations as far-flung as Melbourne to study other networks.
2006Sleeperless nights as rail traffic rises [Scotsman]A FREIGHT train operator is facing complaints from residents kept awake at night by increased traffic on lines running through the city.
2007Chisholm takes up tramsfight from backbenches [Scotsman]FORMER Communities Minister Malcolm Chisholm has chosen the city^s trams scheme as the issue for his backbench debut at Holyrood.
2007Reward on offer to help catch firestarters who brought misery to rail travellers [Scotsman]RAIL chiefs yesterday took the rare step of offering a reward for the conviction of fireraisers whose actions halted trains in south-west Scotland for a week after Christmas.
2009Network Rail tenders for partner on Crossrail [Network Rail]With £3bn being invested by Network Rail in Crossrail and Reading over the next 10 years, passengers will see huge improvements in the railway as delays are reduced, capacity for more trains is provided and it becomes possible to cross London from west to east for the first time by rail.
2010Carrbridge reopened [Railscot News]Carrbridge - Tuesday 12 January 2010 [from Gus Carnegie]. The route through the station has now reopened and the Caledonian Sleeper passed through shortly before 0900 this morning (running approximately an hour late). The line through the up platform is still in need of repair as are the catch points. I understand there will be a 48 hour line closure to remove the locomotive - probably in a week or so. Meantime work continues on the removal of the remaining containers and flats.
2010Network Rail awards Waverley contract [Network Rail Article]The next stage of Network Rail’s £130m revamp of Edinburgh Waverley came closer today with the announcement of a key new contract which includes... •Renovation of the 34,000m2 roof, including 28,000 new glass panels, repairs to steelwork and columns and repainting steelwork and columns. •Installation of new roof drainage system •New lighting within the main station roof area •Renovation to the Calton and Market Street footbridges •Removal of the redundant bridge link between the north side of the main building and the building at the northern perimeter. •Renovations to external walls •New concourse and platform surfacing
2011Glasgow Station is in the good books with travellers [Evening Times] Book swapping has taken off at a Glasgow rail station after it became part of a new line connecting west and east Scotland.
2011DLR workers vote for strike [PA]Workers on London^s Docklands Light Railway have voted strongly in favour of a strike over a series of rows including jobs, pensions and working conditions, it has been announced.
2011Contractor steps into Waverley role [Network Rail]Major improvements to Waverley Station’s Princes Street entrance will begin next month following Network Rail’s appointment of Morgan Sindall to deliver the project.
2012Signallers’ strike set to cut services [Scotsman]RAIL passengers face two days of cancelled trains this month after signallers announced further strikes in their dispute over career progression. Network Rail expects to have to cancel around 100 ScotRail services on both Monday 23 and Friday 27 January during the walkouts by the Rail Maritime and Transport union.
2012Kings Cross public square plans approved [Network Rail]Plans to create a new public space in front of King’s Cross, which will form the final part of the redevelopment of the station, have been given the go-ahead by Camden council.
2012Network Rail to be prosecuted over Grayrigg crash [BBC News]Network Rail is to be prosecuted over the Cumbrian rail crash at Grayrigg in which one passenger died. The Office for Rail Regulation (ORR) said it had started criminal proceedings for a breach of health and safety law.
2015Virgin Trains reports surge in cross-border travel [BBC News]Virgin Trains has reported a surge in cross-border rail travel following investment in additional seating capacity. The West Coast Main Line operator said passenger numbers on its Anglo-Scottish services rose by 11% last year. The rise came after Virgin made an additional 3,000 seats available every weekday. Virgin said its trains now accounted for more than a fifth of journeys made between Glasgow and London.
2015London Bridge passengers face more rail disruption [BBC News]Passengers using London Bridge station will face further disruption for more than a year because of rebuilding work, rail authorities have warned. Commuters travelling to London Bridge on Southeastern^s Charing Cross services must take different routes. The disruption results from work on north side platforms starting later on Monday. [From Richard Buckby]
2016Glasgow Queen Street rail tunnel to close for 20 weeks [BBC News]The main tunnel serving Scotland^s third busiest rail station is to close for 20 weeks, causing major disruption. ScotRail said the Glasgow Queen Street Station tunnel would be closed from 20 March until 8 August. Services will divert to low-level platforms or Glasgow Central, bringing timetable changes and in some cases, longer journey times. The work is part of a £60m upgrade project that will allow faster and longer trains to use the station. Passengers on ScotRail^s main Edinburgh to Glasgow service, via Falkirk High, are being advised to travel via Bathgate and Airdrie.
2017^Big improvement^ in ScotRail performance [BBC News]The reliability of ScotRail trains significantly improved in the weeks after its improvement plan was published, according to new statistics. The PPM data showed 89.7% of trains arrived within five minutes of schedule in the four weeks to 7 January. This was a 6% rise on the previous four weeks, and a 2.8% improvement on the same period last year. But ScotRail^s annual performance remains below the 91.3% target set in Abellio^s contract for the franchise.
2017Merseyrail driver-only trains: RMT sets guards decision deadline [BBC News]A train operator has two weeks to give ^cast-iron^ assurances that guards will be retained or risk dispute, rail union RMT has said. Merseyrail plans to introduce a new fleet of 52 driver-only-operated (DOO) trains in Merseyside from 2020. RMT^s announcement over fears for jobs and safety comes amid the latest strike by train drivers for Southern, over the issue of DOO trains. Merseyrail said the new trains would be safer and there would be staff onboard. None of today^s permanent guards or guard managers would be forced to leave Merseyrail^s employment, the company added. The union^s general secretary Mick Cash said its position on DOO ^is perfectly clear... we will not agree to any extensions of DOO and will fight to retain the safety critical role of the guard and to keep a guard on the train^.
2017Main road through Stirling set to be closed for a year for rail works [Daily Record]A major traffic route through Stirling is set to close for 12 months. The Kerse Road bridge, which connects the city centre with Springkerse, is to be replaced as part of the electrification of the Stirling-to-Larbert railway line. Motorists will be diverted along alternative routes for the duration of the programme but trains will be able to run as normal during most of the work.
2018Crews tackle huge fire at Nottingham train station [BBC News]Firefighters are tackling a huge blaze at Nottingham railway station. Ten fire crews are at the city centre station after the fire broke out at about 06:30 GMT. Flames have been seen and smoke has filled the station^s foyer. The building has been evacuated and trains have been stopped from entering and leaving all platforms. Fire officers said the ^fully developed fire^ is in the main concourse of the station and has spread to the roof. A cordon has been put in place outside the building and around Carrington Street.
2018ScotRail drafts in troubleshooter after failing to hit target [Scotsman]ScotRail has drafted in a former rail chief to improve punctuality after it failed its target last month despite an improvement plan introduced more than a year ago. The move came as Humza Yousaf said he expected the fall in performance ^to be addressed immediately^. Figures published today show punctuality over the year to last Saturday was 90.4 per cent of trains arriving within five minutes of schedule, compared to the target of 90.8 per cent. That was set under a detailed performance improvement plan which has been in force since it was ordered by Mr Yousaf in September 2016 when punctuality fell below minimum acceptable levels. The target was set lower than the original target for this period, of 91.7 per cent, to make it more achievable.