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ANGER erupted last night as plans to run an extra two trains an hour on Scotland's busiest commuter route were axed after the Scottish Government cut £350 million from its rail investment programme.

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London Underground consider retractable platforms

The installation of retractable platforms, which would allow wheelchair users and those with buggies much easier access to the tube, is being considered by London Underground. As part of the Deep Tube Programme, suppliers have been asked to put forward proposals for movable gap fillers on the Bakerloo, Piccadilly Central and Waterloo and City lines. [...]

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  • Anger over £350m cut to rail investment plansANGER erupted last night as plans to run an extra two trains an hour on Scotland's busiest commuter route were axed after the Scottish Government cut £350 million from its rail investment programme.

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  • Transport: 'Next stop Westminster, eh?!' Boris turns Tube announcer Londoners can be a miserable lot. While the rest of the country flocks to watch the torch relay and gets ready for the Olympics on TV, they're moaning about ZiL lanes, anti-aircraft missiles, packed trains and tourists. And now there's something new to drone on about.
  • London bus strike off as talks over Olympic pay continueA planned strike by London bus workers tomorrow in a row over an Olympic bonus has been suspended to allow further talks.Related StoriesDisabled workers vote to strike over Remploy factory closuresRescued RAF airman diesBritish Museum sends artefacts overseas as UK funding fallsAt least 150,000 illegal migrants may still be in UKAgency loses 150,000 migrants staying illegally

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  • Global airline fleet set to soar The world airline fleet is likely to double over the next 20 years, plane-maker Boeing forecast. In the years to 2031, global airlines will need 34,000 new planes worth around £2,900bn, said the firm. Related StoriesShop prices fall in line with the cost of oilNew online migrant network to help on the home frontProperty spending at best in two years BY MARGARET CANNINGGood news hard to find in these difficult timesEx-chief in showdown with MPs after shock resignation

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  • Battle to save busesA BATTLE to save local bus services has been joined by Liberal Democrat councillors who plan to take the fight to Sheffield Town Hall.

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  • Yorkshire to claim powers back from WhitehallA HISTORIC shift in power from Whitehall to Yorkshire will be revealed today as the region is handed unprecedented control over hundreds of millions of pounds of funding for transport, infrastructure and training for young people.

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  • New operator appointed to run Telford InternationalTelford and Wrekin Council has appointed a new operator to run the town’s ill-fated international railfreight park. German rail freight company DB Schenker Rail has been chosen to run the Telford site, which opened in June 2009. The company will pay connection charge, rates and operating costs. Last year, logistics company John G Russell Limited [...]
  • Lifesavers to receive special recognition at RailStaff AwardsA new honour to recognise lifesavers within Britain’s rail industry has been launched for this year’s RailStaff Awards. The Network Rail/Samaritans Partnership is supporting the Samaritans Lifesaver Award, which aims to highlight the pre-emptive actions of station staff, train crew, track workers and many railway staff who, by timely intervention, have prevented a potential fatality. [...]
  • Mission statementThe Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace (F2A) project, which is being delivered by Network Rail and its principal contractor Balfour Beatty Rail, will create additional capacity for high speed train services on the East Coast Main Line by upgrading the existing route between Finsbury Park and Alexandra Palace while removing the current bottleneck in this [...]
  • Rail journey times to be cut between Glasgow and EdinburghA £650 million scheme to electrify a route between Scotland’s two major cities will cut train times and create hundreds of jobs, says Scotland’s Transport Minister. MP Keith Brown has outlined plans to electrify the Glasgow’s Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley train route, which will cut 10 minutes from journey times. The scheme to upgrade [...]
  • Record 125mph reached on Midland Main Line test runAn East Midlands Trains Class 222 Meridian has been run at record speed on the Midland Main Line in preparation of the line speed being raised in time for the December 2013 timetable change. Network Rail and East Midlands Trains operated the diesel train at 125mph on a short stretch between Bedford and Ampthill. Network [...]
  • London Underground consider retractable platformsThe installation of retractable platforms, which would allow wheelchair users and those with buggies much easier access to the tube, is being considered by London Underground. As part of the Deep Tube Programme, suppliers have been asked to put forward proposals for movable gap fillers on the Bakerloo, Piccadilly Central and Waterloo and City lines. [...]
  • Former Olympian warms up passengers at London train stationsA former Olympian is trying to inspire commuters to swap the Tube for a pair of running shoes this summer. Iwan Thomas, a former Olympic and Commonwealth Games runner, held a session at London Bridge on Monday as part of Transport for London™s (TfL) Get Ahead of the Games campaign. Iwan, who who has appeared [...]

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  • Citroen C-Zero electric car leased for £2 a day A new and imaginative way of encouraging people to move to electric cars was demonstrated by Citroen last month when it leased 200 of its fully-electric C-Zero cars for only £60 a month. The scheme is run in collaboration with a peer-to-peer car sharing provider Multicity so participants have the option of hiring out their C-Zero when they are not using it themselves, thereby reducing further still their monthly costs.read more

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  • Merseytravel Quality Bus Partnerships for Wirral Bus companies Arriva and First have joined forces with Merseytravel, Wirral Council and Cheshire West and Chester Council to improve and integrate services on routes 1, 3 and 401 to provide a better service between Liverpool, Ellesmere Port and Chester. And they’ve done the same on routes 71/72/171/172/472 which run between Liverpool and Heswall.
  • VOSA accelerates Testing Transformation ProgrammeThe Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) is accelerating its Testing Transformation Programme? as it revealed that nearly half of all heavy goods and passenger service vehicle tests are now carried at privately-owned sites. VOSA Chief Executive Alastair Peoples said: œI am pleased to see the market provision of Authorised Testing Facilities (ATFs) continuing to mature with 220 non-VOSA sites nationwide, of which 154 are open access and 30 are third party sites. Currently 49% of tests are now being carried out at non-VOSA sites, and VOSA is committed to transfer the majority of its core ...
  • Brussels Airlines continues co-operation with handling company FlightcareFor the next coming years Brussels Airlines will continue to work together with the handling company Flightcare in its homebase Brussels Airport. More than ever quality is crucial in the...
  • Emirates in Major Network Expansion to the East and WestEmirates is embarking on a major expansion of its route network with three additional destinations to be launched in the next six months, on top of the 12 new routes already being rolled out in...
  • Brussels South Charleroi Airport: +9% passengers in JuneBrussels South Charleroi Airport registered a total of 573,901 passengers in June, anincrease of 9% compared to the 524,343 passengers registered in the same monthlast year.This traffic increase ...

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