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Rail pay chief 'faces quit call'

The chair of the committee which rules on Network Rail's pay and bonuses is facing calls to stand down, the BBC understands.

Bombardier gives jobs guarantee

Derby trainmaker Bombardier announces it has secured enough work to guarantee its short-term future in the city.

The latest plan to cut Tube delays... engineers get flashing blue lights

Tube engineers will be able to travel to problems in emergency

Plymouth MP almost missed launch of £100million train campaign - because there was no train

Alison Seabeck almost missed the launch of the campaign for better rail links to the South West today, because there was no through train available to get her into Plymouth on time for the launch which took place at 10:30am this morning.

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  • Concerns over HS2 'downgrade' An MP has demanded that Ministers reveal the full route of a £33 billion high speed rail line, after Department for Transport documents showed plans for services north of Birmingham had been quietly downgraded.

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  • MAG could consider other acquisitions if it fails to buy Stansted. Manchester Airports Group could consider a swoop for a European or American airport if it fails to buy Stansted. The 10 Greater Manchester councils, which jointly own MAG, will be asked in the coming weeks to approve plans to seek external investment to fund a potential acquisition.
  • Row over park-and-ride scheme for Metrolink on greenbelt land at Sale Water ParkControversial plans to build a park-and-ride site for 300 cars at a Metrolink stop on greenbelt land at Sale Water Park have been met with angry opposition. The park-and-ride site would be for Metrolink™s extension to Wythenshawe and Manchester Airport, which is part of the tram system™s £1.4bn ˜Big Bang™ expansion.

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  • Crossrail tunnel segment plant begins full operationsA new tunnel segment manufacturing plant has begun full operations in London. The facility will be pouring the first batch of 250,000 concrete segments that will line 42km (26 miles) of Crossrail tunnels. Located at Old Oak Common, the facility will employ about 60 people at its peak, including the first of 15 trainees and apprentices. [...]
  • Cycle hub opens at Haywards Heath stationSouthern has opened its first indoor cycle hub at Haywards Heath station, West Sussex. The £300,000 project included the refurbishment and fit-out of a car valeting building that now has two-tier parking for 160 bicycles, secure lockers, a changing room and toilets. For an annual subscription, cyclists will get to access these facilities plus a [...]
  • New rail station plans for Energlyn unveiledPlans for a new station at Energlyn have been unveiled today by Network Rail. The new station will be located between Aber and Llanbradach and will mean passengers at Energlyn could benefit from direct rail services to and from Cardiff, ‘potentially within two years’. Network Rail is holding a public exhibition so locals can give their [...]
  • Coalition ˜not off-the hook™ over BombardierBritiain’s biggest union, Unite, has said it welcomes reports that Bombardier’s Derby site has been secured for three years but ‘warns that the coalition government should not be let off the hook’. ‘Britain’s last train maker needs a significant contract’ for the company to have a long-term future, the union said. The plant was under [...]
  • Balfour Beatty awarded rail power supply contractBalfour Beatty has announced it has been awarded a contract for the electrical distribution works of the West Coast Power Supply Upgrade project. The project involves the power upgrade design, supply, installation and commissioning of nine new 25-0-25 kV Auto-Transformer (AT) substations between Kings Langley, M25 area in the South, to Whitmore near Crewe in [...]

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  • The pedal-powered yellow school bus The three-quarters of British students who travel to school by diesel-powered bus could soon have a healthier and environmentally-benign alternative way of arriving at lessons; a pedal-powered yellow school bus.read more
  • The electric car that spins and folds Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have designed an electric city car that is so manoeuvrable it can spin around its own centre and folds to fit into the tiniest parking spaces.read more

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