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Strip Ken Skates of transport role - Plaid's Adam Price

A senior Plaid AM says Ken Skates cannot handle his wide brief and should lose his transport role.

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Rail passengers are always whingeing. Anyone would think they expect to board a train for their annual season ticket. And, even if one actually turns up, sardining them in with the exploding loos, all they do is moan about the excuses for not going anywhere: a kaput leaf-clearing engine (Southern), “slippery rain” (Thameslink) or a swan “refusing to move” (South West Trains). Plus, of course, the wrong kind of snow.

GB Railfreight wants new vehicles for HS2 contracts

GB Railfreight is on the lookout for new locomotives and wagons, as it prepares to bid for HS2 haulage contracts. GBRf Managing Director John Smith said it made sense that the operator owns its assets outright where possible, rather than leasing them.

Exploring the smarter network at the end of the tunnel

Earlier this month the announcement that Highways England is considering building large tunnels over the most polluted sections of UK motorways prompted a mixed reception from the public and infrastructure officials alike.

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  • July RPI was 3.6 per cent The Retail Price Index was 3.6 per cent in July, the Office of National Statistics has announced. The RPI in July usually decides changes to regulated rail fares in the following January. Protests by the RMT have been taking place at more than 30 stations in England, Scotland and Wales.

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