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Double-spend warning over high-speed rail link

A HIGH-speed rail route from London should not end at Manchester as billions of pounds will need to be spent upgrading the network into Scotland anyway, Transport Minister Keith Brown has claimed.

Transport chief calls for tram-train investment

Public transport chief Geoff Inskip has urged the government to invest millions of pounds into tram-trains. Mr Inskip called on the Department for Transport to set aside £100 million a year from the savings identified in the McNulty Report into improving efficiency in Britain™s rail industry to develop tram-train networks across the country. Tram-train is [...]

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  • Railway workers jailed for stealing £1.5m worth of track to sell for scrapFive rail workers were jailed for their roles in stealing track and other materials worth up to £1.5million. The workers stole rail track worth £1.5m (Picture: PA) The group took part in ˜industrial scale™ thefts from Network Rail, diverting lorry loads of used rails to unauthorised scrapyards. They targeted projects including an upgrade of the West Coast main line in the Rugby area and Manchester Metrolink. The offences first came to light when 208 tonnes of rail was found to have been removed. Det Sgt Chris Hearn said rail users were deprived of ˜valuable finance that could have gone towa...

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  • Commuters 'want support from employers'The daily commute to work can prove dangerous and stressful for many British workers, who feel their employer should have a role to play in alleviating this situation, according to a new survey.Almost a quarter of people have been in an accident on their way to work, with almost a third narrowly avoiding a crash, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) found.Furthermore, 98 per cent of respondents claimed they are often exposed to negligent drivers on their journey.This issue means 45 per cent of people would welcome employer support to improve their driving skills, while 27 per cent feel fu...

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  • Transport chief calls for tram-train investmentPublic transport chief Geoff Inskip has urged the government to invest millions of pounds into tram-trains. Mr Inskip called on the Department for Transport to set aside £100 million a year from the savings identified in the McNulty Report into improving efficiency in Britain™s rail industry to develop tram-train networks across the country. Tram-train is [...]
  • Bombardier to supply 39 additional Berlin tramsThe Berlin Transport Authority (BVG) has ordered another 39 Flexity trams from Bombardier Transportation as part of an order worth around 134 million euros. The new low-floor trams are part of an original agreement for 206 vehicles, which was signed in 2006. The total number of Flexity Berlin trams ordered now stands at 142. Klaus-Dietrich [...]
  • Interfleet graduates win IMechE Railway ChallengeThe first locomotive to be built at Derby Locomotive Works for 35 years, albeit one of 10 ¼ gauge, yesterday won the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) first Railway Challenge competition. The locomotive was manufactured at the Roundhouse in Derby by a team of Interfleet graduate engineers. Competitors from Manchester Metropolitan University, Birmingham University and [...]
  • Boris Johnson submits suburban rail takeover planBoris Johnson has submitted proposals to take over London’s suburban rail services. Mayoral control would simplify ticketing, create a more frequent, reliable service and save £100 million over 20 years, according to Mr Johnson. The mayor’s request to take responsibility for running services currently operated by Greater Anglia and Southeastern has been submitted to the [...]
  • Operator to run extra trains for Hampton Court Flower ShowSouth West Trains has announced it will run extra services to and from the Hampton Court Flower Show. Next week thousands of keen gardeners from across the globe are expected to travel to  Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, where the world-famous flower show will take place from July 3-8. South West Trains has announced it will [...]
  • Rail welcome for Olympic torchRailway staff played a lead role in carrying the Olympic torch around Britain. FirstGroup™s Engineering Director, Clive Burrows, carried the Olympic torch in Chippenham, Wiltshire. ‘To be involved in such an important and historic event was an honour and a privilege. The occasion was magnificent and one that I will savour and reflect upon with [...]
  • Olympic stations receive £16 million investmentTrain stations in London and the South West have shared £16 million of additional funding ahead of this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games. Stations benefiting from the financial boost include Wimbledon, which will cater for visitors to the Olympic tennis tournament at the All England Club, and Weymouth, which will be the venue for the [...]
  • Hitchin flyover marks main span milestoneThe 30 tonne main span of the new Hitchin flyover has been lifted into place, marking a major milestone in the project’s construction. The section was hoisted into position by a 120 tonne crane early on Sunday morning (July 1). The Hitchin flyover will see trains for the line to Cambridge and Ely leave the [...]
  • Flying highNetwork Rail™s annual Partnership Awards moved out of London again this year, to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, just south of Cambridge. The evening gave Network Rail the opportunity to thank its partners and suppliers for all their hard work over the previous year, and to recognise those projects which had gone particularly well. [...]

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