The mother of a girl killed by a train in Essex has said Network Rail still has a long way to go in closing "dangerous" level crossings.Read the full story ›
An investigation into an accident at a level crossing in Essex where a cyclist was killed has found no evidence that breaches in health and safety laws contributed to his death.
Michal Majzner, who was 30, died after being hit by a train at the Motts Lane crossing in Witham in January last year.
The report by the Office of Rail Regulation has backed Network Rail's plan to build a bridge at the site to remove any further risk to safety.
Network Rail needs to do a "massive amount" to make level crossings safer, the parent of a teenager killed by a train has told MPs.
Tina Hughes, who now works with the firm on improving crossings, said Network Rail had made changes but were only "scratching the surface" of what needed to be done.
Ms Hughes's daughter Olivia Bazlinton, 14, and her friend Charlotte Thompson, 13, were hit by a train in 2005 as they crossed the tracks at Elsenham in Essex.
Ms Hughes, who works with Network Rail as its "level crossing user champion", told MPs: "I believe that they have made very significant changes but they are only just scratching the surface of the things that they need to do. There is a massive amount of work that needs to be done."
Olivia's father Chris Bazlinton, appearing alongside Ms Hughes in front of MPs on the Transport Select Committee, said he believed information about their deaths had been covered up in a "conspiracy of silence".
Network Rail says that £45 million pounds worth of improvements to Peterborough Station should be finished by just after Christmas.
The revamped station is due to be ready for passengers by the 28th of December. The upgrades include new lifts and platforms, and a better signalling system.
Rail services on the Norwich to Liverpool Street line are returning to normal after a fault with the signal system caused major problems.
Thousands of commuters faced delays while Network Rail engineers worked to repair the problem which affected signals in the Chelmsford area.
Greater Anglia has reported that more than 93% of its trains were on time last month.
Abellio, which runs Greater Anglia, said punctuality of its Metro & Southend trains was at 95%, West Anglia service punctuality was at 94.7%, Mainline at 92.5%, Stansted Express at 91.9% and Rural at 91.8%.
Ruud Haket, Managing Director Greater Anglia said: “Our relentless focus on delivering better train service punctuality is positively reflected in these latest performance statistics."
East Coast rail had the most late-running trains last month, according to figures from Network Rail.
East Coast was able to run only 82.8% of trains on time, making it the poorest-performing train operator.
Across all train companies, a total of 91.4% of trains ran on time in the period March 3 to March 31, compared with 93.4% for the same period last year.
Officials at Stansted Airport in Essex have welcomed plans by Network Rail to spend more than £2 billion improving the rail infrastructure in our region.
More than £35 billion is set to be invested across the UK, over the next five years.
Airport bosses hope the plans will help to make the 'Stansted in 30' campaign a reality.
Essex County Council also welcomed the announcement, acknowledging the need for an improved rail infrastructure for commuters, business and the economy in this region.
Derrick Louis, Essex County Councilor for Highways and Transportation said:
“Essex is planning significant growth over the next few years, which will place increased pressure on our rail network... We hope that the planned schemes and infrastructure improvements will increase the capacity and reliability of the rail service in our region, providing significant improvements to the infrastructure and rolling stock.
“While the proposed £2.2bn investment set out by Network Rail will cater for growth in the coming years, we believe that further investment will be needed for new railway infrastructure in the long-term, and we will continue to press for this”.
By next year passengers can expect trains to be less packed. A new flyover at Hitchin will carry trains from London to Cambridge over the main line, relieving a key bottleneck.
New platforms planned for Peterborough should increase capacity and reduce congestion there.
From 2014 new trains through the Intercity Express Programme will provide more seats, and £240m will be invested in key pinch points on the East Coast main line including Peterborough.