HS2 is an over-priced, gold-plated project and will fail in many of its objectives a group of transport experts warns.
An MP today called on ministers to "end the Southern misery now" after nearly a third of the rail firm's trains were late or cancelled in a single day this week.
The rail regulator recently gave approval for First Group competing on the East Coast mainline between London and Edinburgh, where Virgin Trains East Coast is the franchisee. The 10-year track access application approved by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) will enable First Group to operate from Kings Cross via Stevenage, Newcastle and Morpeth by 2021
Friday, 27 May 2016
- Ryanair accused of breaking electoral lawVote Leave has accused airline company Ryanair of breaking electoral law in its campaign for the UK to stay in the EU.
- Train 'lifted' to free woman's footA train is lifted to free a woman whose foot got stuck between the carriage and the platform on the London Underground.
- HS2 'over-priced' say transport expertsHS2 is an over-priced, gold-plated project and will fail in many of its objectives a group of transport experts warns.
- ScotRail train driver arrested for alleged intoxicationA ScotRail train driver has been arrested for being intoxicated at Waverley Station in Edinburgh.
- HS2 line is 'a �55bn vanity project that won't boost the North' The HS2 scheme has been championed by David Cameron and George Osborne, despite questions over whether taxpayers will get value for money in return for the massive investment.
- Merseyrail bank holiday services increased to cope with Sound City and marathon crowds To cope with crowds for the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and Sound City, Merseyrail is increasing services
London Evening Standard
- Central line delays: Tube chaos as signal failure shuts down routeCommuters on the Central line have been hit by travel chaos this morning after a signal failure caused huge disruption on the entire route.
- Rip-off pedicab drivers to be forced off London's roads under new crackdown Rip-off pedicab drivers charging tourists up to �600 for a half-an-hour ride are the targets of a new crackdown unveiled by the Government.
- Councils slam Northern MP Mark Menzies for backing Heathrow expansion but opposing fracking in his backyardLondon town hall chiefs criticised a Lancashire MP today for backing a third runway at Heathrow while opposing the go-ahead for fracking in his area.
- Southern must lose franchise after week of rail misery, says MPAn MP today called on ministers to "end the Southern misery now" after nearly a third of the rail firm's trains were late or cancelled in a single day this week.
- Rosamund Urwin: We must combat dangerous lorries to protect cyclistsThere's a bleak ritual that I wish I never had cause to carry out again.
Newcastle Evening Chronicle
- Warning for rowdy holidaymakers as figures reveal hundreds of arrests at UK airportsCases have included a drunk ex-attendant attempting to open the doors of a plane as it came in to land at Newcastle Airport
The York Press
- All steamed up as York tourism accolade goes to Flying Scotsman YORK'S latest Tourism Ambassador may need to let off a bit of steam after receiving the award - for the prestigious title has been given to rail icon Flying Scotsman.
Yorkshire Evening Post
- The morning Tweets tell an all-too familiar tale for Leeds commutersThe tweets will make frustratingly familiar reading for many early morning commuters and other rail users in Leeds and across the rest of Yorkshire.
- YP Letters: Supertram plan should be revived in LeedsFrom: Bob Watson, Springfield Road, Baildon.
- Delay as tram extension bid is scrutinisedControversial plans to extend the Blackpool tramway have been put on hold.
Bucks Free Press
- Don’t forget us – MP’s message to capital’s transport bosses Chesham and Amersham MP Cheryl Gillan has begged the capital’s transport authority not to ignore her constituents when making important decisions.
- HS2: Compensation packages announced for people around Crewe Eligible owner-occupiers can nominate local surveyors to value their property.
Get West London
- Heathrow anti third runway campaigners to throw unwanted birthday party to 'celebrate' airport's 70th birthdayCampaigners will release 70 'no third runway' balloons and deliver some unwanted gifts to BA's Heathrow headquarters
Other Regional Press
- Mock-up plane cabin gives aviation students wings to land top jobs Have a look at Middlesbrough College's new mock plane cabin
- French national day of action at fuel refineries leads to extra demand at DoverA national day of action in France has left drivers heading for Kent stranded as fuel runs dry.
Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
- Jaguar Land Rover manufacturing to create hundreds of jobsAutomotive business Magna International is set to build a plant in Britain in order to supply parts for Jaguar Land Rover (JLR). The North American company will be creating 300 new jobs in the British market, as the new site opens in Telford, reports The Telegraph. Magna will be casting lightweight aluminium parts for JLR in the new 255,000 square foot factory, which is ready for construction this year. The first parts will be ready to come off the line and into the automotive industry in 2018, which will be used to help make cars in the country more efficient. As one of the largest suppliers ...
- Gospel Oak-Barking closures as electrification beginsThe phased closure of the Gospel Oak-Barking Line begins on June 4, as work gets under way to electrify the route (RAIL 800).
- MP leads rallying cry for Leeds tram-trainsCalls made for tram-trains to serve the Leeds City Region.
- Merger investigation into Arriva’s Northern franchise win The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has referred the awarding of the Northern Rail franchise to Arriva for an in-depth investigation.
Rail Technology Magazine
- Tram passenger satisfaction at record high, but Midland Metro slipsTram passenger satisfaction is higher than it has ever been following network improvements, the latest Transport Focus passenger survey has found. The 5,707 tram passengers, surveyed by Transport Focus in autumn 2015, gave the tram network an overall satisfaction rating of 92%, compared to 90%...
- Transport experts call for independent review of HS2 optionsAlternatives to HS2 should be reconsidered, a group of travel experts have warned in a report saying the high-speed rail line could be five times as expensive as an equivalent railway in France. According to research led by Professor Tony May from the University of Leeds Institute for Transport...
- DfT unveils compensation package for HS2 Phase 2a routeA property compensation and financial assistance package for owner-occupiers along the HS2 Phase 2a route between the West Midlands and Crewe has been announced today. Owners-occupiers of homes and businesses positioned from 60-120m from the railway will be offered 10% of the unblighted value of...
- Critics call for HS2 top speed rethink to cut costs A group of academics are claiming that speeds on HS2 will be unnecessarily high, adding significantly to the costs. They are calling for an independent assessment of 'less damaging' alternatives. A major cause of their concern is the potential maximum speed of 400km/h, which the group says could be reduced to 300km/h. HS2 Ltd said cost reductions were being examined, and that the head of the civil service Jeremy Heywood is conducting an investigation.
- Ryanair mulls onboard intranetIrish budget carrier Ryanair is likely to opt for “walled garden” onboard connectivity in the mid-term, rather than full-blown Wi-Fi. read more
- Skyscanner launches Facebook Messenger bot for flight searchUsers can now search for flights ‘conversationally’
Other News Sources
- Interview: David Horne, managing director, Virgin Trains East CoastThe rail regulator recently gave approval for First Group competing on the East Coast mainline between London and Edinburgh, where Virgin Trains East Coast is the franchisee. The 10-year track access application approved by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) will enable First Group to operate from Kings Cross via Stevenage, Newcastle and Morpeth by 2021
- Direct Surrey to Heathrow rail service on the cardsThe journey to Heathrow Airport from Surrey could improve with plans to create a new rail link.
- Rail freight must be remembered Government must pay greater attention to the needs of rail freight when considering major infrastructure investments
- FTA tells Minister ‘Let’s get the economy moving’The Freight Transport Association plans to write to Northern Ireland's newly-appointed Infrastructure Minister highlighting key projects that are ...
- FTA everywoman – leading ladies announcedLeading ladies in transport and logistics have been revealed at the FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards 2016 ceremony in London. ...
- Asparagus turbines and car-eating buses: the best green innovations of the week In a week which shockingly revealed that humans are damaging the environment faster than it can recover, edie rounds up the latest low-carbon technologies and innovations that could mitigate current impacts put the world on a 2C pathway.
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Conferences & Expo's
- 11th World Congress on Railway Research - 29 May - 2 June 2016 - Milano
- Bogie 16 - 12-15 September 2016 - Budapest
- Comprail 2016 - 19-21 July 2016 - Madrid
- Exporail 2016 - 26-28 October 2016 - Moscow
- High Speed Rail in the UK - 30 June 2016 - London
- Innotrans - 20-23 September 2016 - Berlin
- Intelligent Rail Summit 2016 - 22-24 November 2016 - Naples
- LightRail - 26-27 May 2016 - London
- Metro Rail Congress - 26-27 May 2016 - London
- Passanger Rail Europe - 7-8 June 2016 - Amsterdam
- Rail Depots & Workshops Modernisation 2016 25-26 May 2016, London
- Rail Power - 26-27 May 2016 - London
- RailPower - 26-27 May 2016 - London
- RailTel - 26-27 May 2016 - London
- Railweek - 27 June - 3 July 2016
- RVE 2016 - 6 October 2016 - Derby
- Smart Rail Europe - 4-5 May 2016 - Amsterdam
- SmartMetro 2016 - 1-3 November 2016 - Copenhagen
- SmartRail USA - 25-26 October 2016 - New York
- UIC Global Rail Freight Conference - 22-23 June 2016 - Rotterdam
- UK Light Rail Conference - 27-28 July 2016 - Birmingham
- Urban Transport - 21-23 June 2016 - Crete
- World Metrorail Congress - 26-27 May 2016
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