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  • Chris Grayling’s Oxford-Cambridge line will clatter through 75 miles of English history | Ian JackPlans to reopen this train route may improve local travel, but Verney Junction’s days are long goneAs he must have intended, the transport secretary Chris Grayling caused a small storm this week by announcing that he intended to bridge the great divide on Britain’s railways – between the infrastructure (the track and the signalling, presently owned by the non-profit public body Network Rail), and the privately owned trains that use it.The importance of the announcement was talked up beforehand, and the rail unions and parts of the Labour party dutifully sounded the alarm: Grayling, apparently,...
  • Hitachi unveils first UK-built Intercity Express trainFleet of Class 800 trains, ordered by government, to be produced at Japanese manufacturer’s plant in DurhamThe first Intercity Express train to be built at Hitachi’s UK plant has been unveiled.The train is one of 122 ordered by the government in a £5.7bn deal to run on mainlines between London and the south-west and from the capital to Scotland on the east coast route. Continue reading...
  • Uber is treating its drivers as sweated labour, says reportEarnings are often less than minimum wage and ‘barely sufficient to sustain existence’, according to MP Frank FieldUber treats its drivers as Victorian-style “sweated labour”, with some taking home less than the minimum wage, according to a report into its working conditions based on the testimony of dozens of drivers.Drivers at the taxi-hailing app company reported feeling forced to work extremely long hours, sometimes more than 70 a week, just to make a basic living, said Frank Field, the Labour MP and chair of the work and pensions committee. Continue reading...
  • Southern rail owners appeal after failed court bid to stop drivers' strikeGovia Thameslink Railway lost its high court bid for injunction to prevent three days of strikes by Aslef members opposed to driver-only trains The owners of Southern railway have lodged an appeal against a court decision refusing an injunction to prevent industrial action by drivers.Members of Aslef are set to stage three days of strikes next week that will halt all of Southern’s services, which run between London and southern England, as far west as Southampton and Portsmouth. Continue reading...

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  • Campaigners welcome extra train boost A CAMPAIGN group has welcomed the addition of an extra daily train that should help ease the burden on services used by morning commuters in and out of Bradford.

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  • Judge refuses injunction against Southern DOO strikes Strikes by drivers on Southern are set to start next week, after a High Court judge rejected an application by Govia Thameslink Railway for an injunction against their union ASLEF, which hailed the decision as a victory and called for fresh talks, although 'disappointed' GTR was given leave to appeal. In the wake of the judgment, one Sussex MP has said changes in the law should now be considered.
  • Mayor steps up campaign for TfL takeover The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has fired a new shot in his battle to take over most suburban railways in London. His move has come as Transport secretary Chris Grayling is under pressure to resign after he had refused to allow any more routes to become part of London Overground, on the grounds that his new integrated approach is preferable. However, it was revealed within 48 hours that he had told Mayor Boris Johnson in 2013 that he

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  • Ships and planes wipe out half emissions savingsWe hear much about the pollution created by cars and lorries, but the growth in emissions from shipping and aviation will undo 43 per cent of the savings expected to be made by the rest of transport in Europe over the net 13 years. The result is that almost half the already-inadequate emissions savings expected in land transport will be… The post Ships and planes wipe out half emissions savings appeared first on ETA.

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