Happy Belated New Year, everyone (and Happy Chinese New Year too as it’s taking me so long to write this post)! After a horrible 2020, this year has the potential to be a marked improvement. With the COVID-19 vaccine programme in full swing (Jon got his first dose yesterday), we can hopefully expect to return… Continue reading A Fresh Start to the New Year
I must apologize for the long periods between posts this year. With the continued pandemic, economic uncertainty and second lockdown, most rail and accessibility-related news recently has been incredibly disappointing. Even positive news such as completed Crossrail stations and the upcoming Northern Line Extension is tempered by the underhand funding cut to the DfT’s railway… Continue reading Disappointing News for a Disappointing Year
Relatively speaking, this has been a positive week for accessibility in London, with the expansion of step-free access stations after a long dormancy and visible progress on some of the ongoing accessibility schemes. As TfL’s financial situation is still unclear, it is becoming more apparent that the most ”secure” step-free access schemes are those tied… Continue reading Step-Free Does Not Always Mean Step-Free
I thought it would be a good idea to do a wide-ranging post covering some of the recent developments in railway accessibility. Even though I have not been on a train in almost 4 months now, it is good to see that the industry is still moving ahead with its projects. Hopefully this means that… Continue reading Updates from Lockdown
After a long absence due to the current COVID-19 lockdown, I’ve decided to make a post highlighting some of the transport news that has been announced during this period. Although many avid rail passengers have been forced to abandon public transport during the pandemic (Jon and I have not left our neighbourhood in 70 days),… Continue reading Updates during COVID
Big infrastructure announcements throughout the country seem to be dominating the news these days, with schemes such as HS2, East West Rail, and Crossrail all making headlines. Step-free projects within London continue to progress at a slow and steady pace, while a new campaigned aimed at boosting level boarding on the railways on a national… Continue reading Large-Scale Approvals and Campaign Launches
Happy New Year everyone! Sorry for the long-overdue post, this year has started out very busy. Access-wise, the past few weeks have seen incredible level boarding progress mostly outside of London, with new level boarding trains for Greater Anglia and Merseyrail as well as tramway expansions for Birmingham and Manchester. Unfortunately, London’s own latest level… Continue reading Extensions, Delays, and Introductions
After an amazing holiday in Valencia, Spain earlier this month, I have come back to find many developments involving the future of the Underground’s most problematic lines. From controversial design choices to tube extensions and wide-scale redevelopments, we are starting to see the next challenges that TfL will seek to address folowing the eventually completion… Continue reading Derogations, Consultations, and Exciting Holiday Destinations
With the end of summer, we start autumn with a bunch of small updates both in and out of London. These include surprise level boarding rolling stock coming soon to the Isle of Wight, new light rail lines moving forward, and continuous progress of step-free access. Isle of Wight Level Boarding Yesterday, it was announced… Continue reading Summer’s Over!
These past few weeks have brought bits of exciting news for accessible transport in the UK! The most impactful of these is the earth-shattering launch of the new Stadler Rail trains. Although limited to rural Norfolk for the time being, these will become an invaluable standard for future rail accessibility. Moving back to London, the… Continue reading Exciting Things are Coming!