Friday, 10 February 2012
- Great Western Rail franchise bid deadline expiresThe deadline has expired for rail operators that want to take over the Great Western Mainline
- 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.
- Rolls-Royce makes record profitsAircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce has reported orders, sales and profits at record levels thanks to airline expansion.
- Bombardier gives jobs guaranteeDerby trainmaker Bombardier announces it has secured enough work to guarantee its short-term future in the city.
- Etihad records first ever full-year profitFast-growing Gulf airline increases passenger numbers by 17% as it eyes opportunities in China, India and Australia
- Stagecoach venture sidesteps break-upTwin America is axing interstate services to appease regulators who ordered a dissolution of the company, which dominates the New York tour bus market
- ‘Give cyclists a head-start at traffic lights’ Cyclists would have a five-second head-start on other traffic at dangerous junctions and all cycle lanes would be reviewed for safety if Ken Livingstone is re-elected as Mayor of London.
- Listen, dimwits: blaming cyclists doesn’t helpThe idea is to stop people being killed or injured. We’re talking about compassion here
- Train companies gear up to deal with possible bad weatherA spokesperson for the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) said: “Train companies are gearing up to deal with bad winter weather and will be working with Network Rail to run empty...
- 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.
Daily Post (North Wales)
- North Wales AM worried over proposed bus subsidy cutsAN AM has voiced more concerns over proposed levels of cuts to bus service funding.
- Wrexham link road scheme reaches new milestoneCONSTRUCTION work on a multi-million pound link road scheme has reached a milestone this week.
- Global fleet of Airbus A380 planes must be checked for cracksTHE entire global fleet of Airbus superjumbo planes are to be checked for cracks inside the wings.
- Derby Telegraph commented Bombardier's Derby factory 'set to stay open' say unionsUNION leaders expect train-maker Bombardier to announce today that its Derby factory will stay open.
- Metro bosses urged to let bikes on-board by Newcastle Cycling CampaignPEDAL-powered campaigners have called on Metro bosses to allow cyclists to take full-sized bikes on to trains.
- Vauxhall Ellesmere Port plant closure reports dismissedREPORTS that Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port car plant could be closed in a new round of cost-cutting by parent company General Motors (GM) were last night dismissed as speculation by European bosses and factory unions.
London Evening Standard
- The latest plan to cut Tube delays... engineers get flashing blue lightsTube engineers will be able to travel to problems in emergency
Manchester Evening News
- 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.
Newcastle Evening Chronicle
- Metro bosses reject call to allow bikes on trainsMETRO bosses have rejected calls from cycle campaigners for a pilot project that could pave the way for taking bikes on trains.
- Mini-gritter on trial in LincolnshireA MINI-GRITTER designed to tackle narrow country roads in icy weather is being trialled in south Lincolnshire.
- 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.
Other Regional Press
- Quick response to easier real-time bus newsGetting real-time information to passengers even faster.
- Brentwood Gazette commented Railway travellers tell all about trials and tribulations on lineAS we waved a final farewell to National Express East Anglia, commuters shared their horror stories on board the beleaguered...
- Osborne's behind-closed-doors meetings with airport backersChancellor George Osborne and his officials held private meetings with Kent airport bidders, it's emerged.
Campaign for Better Transport
- Give the public a bigger say on motorway funding8 February: In a joint letter with CPRE we say the Highways Agency should be made more accountable not more commercial. read more
- Part-time workers paying hundreds of pounds for rail travel they never use 8 February: We are calling for part time season tickets to become standard practice across the UK. read more
Global Rail News
- 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 [...]
Transport for London
- London Tramlink upgrade continuesLondon Tramlink passengers will have a more comfortable journey on a more reliable service following upgrade works on the network next week.
- Incident response on the Tube to be boosted under 'Blue Light' trialThe specialist unit that responds to emergency incidents on the Tube network will be able to cut through London's traffic more quickly under a trial being carried out with the British Transport Police (BTP).
- All superjumbos to be checked for cracksEuropean regulator orders all A380s to be inspected
- BA launches business fare discount schemeAirline targets SMEs with its Business Bespoke product
- Etihad eyes further growth after making first profitAbu Dhabi airline expects to carry 20% more passengers in 2012
- BA-Japan Airlines pact to increase flightsFlights to Japan set to be boosted by revenue-sharing deal
- 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
Other News Sources
- Remote control car paves the way for autonomous vehiclesThe Engineer paid a visit to automotive test specialist MIRA to see a new vehicle designed to put autonomous driving systems through their paces.
- RMT campaign achieves major pay victory for OCS Eurostar CleanersRAIL UNION RMT today announced the end a pay dispute involving OCS cleaners working on the Eurostar contract after a new deal secured the union's interim objective of getting all staff onto a minimum rate of £8 per hour by the autumn of this year.
- Boris and Benyon support waterways clean-up campaign London mayor Boris Johnson and water minister Richard Benyon are backing a new campaign to "clean and green" East London's rivers and canals ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games.
- Gatwick Airport appoints new construction directorGatwick Airport has announced the appointment of Derek Hendry as construction director.
- Speed camera could rake in more than a millionA speed camera on the A270 Lewes Road, Brighton, will be turned back on next month after being out of action since the end of last year as part speed limit changes
- Social media will 'not kill' travel policy Policies remain relevant despite growth in smartphones and mobile booking
The chair of the committee which rules on Network Rail's pay and bonuses is facing calls to stand down, the BBC understands.
Derby trainmaker Bombardier announces it has secured enough work to guarantee its short-term future in the city.
Tube engineers will be able to travel to problems in emergency
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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