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Kettering MP Philip Hollobone asks if double-decker trains could be reintroduced

Kettering MP Philip Hollobone has raised the idea of reintroducing double-decker trains on the country’s rail network in Parliament.

Saturday, 30 June 2012

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  • Rail firm refuses talks with unionA TRAIN company has told union leaders it will not renegotiate a pay deal as workers prepared to vote in a strike ballot in a row over an Olympic Games bonus.

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  • Concession cut knocks NatExTRANSPORT group National Express took a hit from UK cuts to travel discounts for older people, but hailed a good showing in Spain.

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  • Apprenticeship set for take-off at City AirportGeorge Best Belfast City Airport is to create at least one apprenticeship when it launches its first apprenticeship scheme later this year.Related StoriesRecession worse than first thoughtPeanut Putter golf club range is on course for major sporting successBarclays' shares in freefall over embattled chiefFalcon Holidays unveils summer sun programme for 2013Hundreds of telecom jobs to be created in Northern Ireland by Teleperformance

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  • West Yorkshire confirms quality contractA head-on confrontation between Metro, the West Yorkshire PTE, and the region's bus operators now looks certain following an all-party decision by the West Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority to continue to develop its plans to introduce a bus quality contracts scheme.
  • Scania cuts Omni productionScania is cutting 142 jobs at its bus factory in Slupsk, in Poland, because of continued weak demand for its Omni range of buses.
  • More Olympic bonus strikes announcedLondon bus workers are poised to stage a second one-day strike on Thursday (5 July) in pursuit of a bonus for doing their jobs during the Olympic Games.

Global Rail News

  • Landslides and flooding cause severe disruptionFlooding and landslides have caused mass disruption to train services in Scotland and northern England. Services were cancelled last night on the West Coast Main Line and East Coast Main Line following landslips and severe flooding. Although service is returning to normal on the West Coast this morning, Network Rail has advised passengers not to [...]
  • Amey takes on cycling challenge for Railway ChildrenEight employees from rail services provider Amey are in training for the London to Paris bike ride to raise money for the Railway Children charity. On July 6, the team will begin the 178-mile journey from Crystal Palace to the Trocadero Gardens, opposite the Eiffel Tower in the French capital. The team are aiming for [...]
  • Merseytravel announces new chairmanCouncillor Liam Robinson was named as the new chairman of Merseytravel following his election at the authority™s Annual General Meeting yesterday. Cllr Robinson said: œI am honoured to have been chosen by the elected members of Merseytravel to be their chair, and delighted to announce that we have today also approved a new strategic plan [...]
  • Green light for York Ops CentreCity authorities in York have agreed Network Rail™s plan to build a new rail operating centre and workforce development school close to York station. Says Phil Verster, Route Managing Director, ˜This decision is great news for York and the railway. These operating and training facilities will allow us to deliver a modern, efficient railway while [...]
  • Simple safetySafety fencing. It™s something that™s always around, yet no-one sees. It needs to be put up at the start of almost every lineside job, and taken down afterwards, but other than that it™s just there – like sleepers and ballast. However, it needs to be put up quickly, as everyone else is waiting to get [...]
  • Indian Railways launch train tracking text serviceIndian rail passengers are now able to track their train in real time with a new SMS service. Indian Railways and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur have launched the new service, which allows customers to find out where their train is simply by sending a text message. The service is currently available for [...]

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  • Flash floods close East and West Coast lines Network Rail engineers have been battling to reopen the main lines which link England and Scotland, after both were blocked by torrential rain. The bad weather in the north triggered landslides, stranding one train for fifteen hours. A Scottish route was also blocked by a derailed freight train.

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  • Barclays scandal highlights risks in TfL's approach to sponsorship 29 June, 2012 - 12:50 Commenting on the news that Barclays has been fined £290m by financial regulators for attempting to rig interest rates in its favour[1], John Biggs AM, Chair of the Budget and Performance Committee said:œThe trouble that Barclays finds itself in underlines exactly why Transport for London needs clear, consistent and transparent rules about who gets to associate their brand with London™s transport network “ and what the options are if things go wrong. ...

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