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Chunnel link leaves £4.8bn debt

Over-optimistic forecasts for passenger demand have left taxpayers "saddled with £4.8 billion of debt" over the HS1 Channel Tunnel rail link, a report by MPs has said.

Plaid Cymru calls for "re-nationalisation" of the railways

Plaid Cymru has called on the Welsh Government to effectively re-nationalise the railways after the UK Shadow Transport Secretary suggested Labour were looking at the policy for England.

Green light for Leedsôs electric trolleybus scheme

Leedsís decades-long campaign for a modern transport system has finally reached a successful conclusion after Ministers gave the green light to a £250m electric trolleybus scheme.

Friday, 06 July 2012

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Department for Transport

  • Green light for Leeds trolleybusTrolleybuses are set to return to Leeds after Transport Secretary Justine Greening today approved a new £250 million public transport system.
  • Transport statisticsStatistical release of figures to do with rail passenger numbers, port freight and driver and rider tests.

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  • Union's strike warning to ferry ownersUNION leaders have warned the company which has taken over ferry services to Orkney and Shetland that they could be on a collision course over terms and conditions for staff and potential job losses.
  • Bid to boost active school travel failingLESS than half of Scotland's pupils walk or cycle to school, according to a new survey which found that years of Government policy designed to boost
  • Train delays warning over funding cutsTRAIN delays on Scotland's busiest rail route could become far worse after a decision to scale back a £1 billion investment programme, senior industry figures have warned.
  • Airlines to scrap last-minute feesTwelve airlines ď including easyJet and Ryanair ď will no longer spring last-minute fees on customers paying by debit card, the consumer watchdog has revealed.
  • HS1 demand misjudgedTHE Government faced calls to review its commitment to a new high-speed rail line after

The Independent

  • MPs warn taxpayers could be left with huge bill for HS2 high-speed rail linkTaxpayers could be left with a huge bill for the planned high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham unless lessons are learnt from costly mistakes over the Channel Tunnel link, MPs warned today.Related StoriesBarbecue warning after girl's Good Friday campsite deathFour hundred million more plastic bags handed out in supermarkets last yearWe want to become ScientologistsProtest: You bunch of bankers!Number of children living in vulnerable families to rise to one million by 2015, leading charities warn

Press Association

  • Chunnel link leaves £4.8bn debt Over-optimistic forecasts for passenger demand have left taxpayers "saddled with £4.8 billion of debt" over the HS1 Channel Tunnel rail link, a report by MPs has said.

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  • HS2 rail junction plans are attacked Fresh plans for a major junction of the HS2 rail line near Lichfield are revealed today, sparking criticism from Staffordshire County Council chiefs.
  • HS2 rail junction plans are attackedFresh plans for a major junction of the HS2 rail line near Lichfield are revealed today, sparking criticism from Staffordshire County Council chiefs.

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Global Rail News

  • London and south east overcrowding worsensPeak-time overcrowding on London and south-east England services has got worse, according to figures released by the Department for Transport. The percentage of rail passengers travelling from London at peak times who exceeded normal capacity stood at 3.2 per cent in 2011, 0.2 per cent up on the previous year’s statistics. The research, which looked [...]
  • Network Rail in fresh bonus rowNetwork Rail has apparently been warned that it would be in breach of its license if it goes ahead with multi-million pound bonuses. The rail union TSSA announced yesterday that Network Rail bosses were planning a long-term bonus scheme which will see them paid almost £12 million on top of annual bonuses already worth up [...]
  • Dumped cables cause 20-hour delayRail passengers experienced 20-hour delays last week after telephone cable was deliberately thrown onto lines near Peterborough. The disruption is estimated to have cost Network Rail £90,000 in compensation to inconvenienced train companies. Eighty-five trains were affected by the delays, with five services being cancelled as a result. Pc Christopher Thompson-Chambers said: úA train driver [...]
  • Siemens reveals InnoTrans modelsSiemens has given journalists a sneak preview of what it will present at this year’s InnoTrans -†the world’s largest trade fair for transport technology – during a visit to the company’s Vienna plant. The train builder will exhibit Avenio , Siemens’ most advanced tram, and Inspiro, the company’s new-generation metro train, along with various other [...]
  • Upstairs DownstairsIt could only be London – the energy, the din, the bustling humanity. One of the cityôs red double-deckers plots a course through the traffic; half-a-dozen folk wait in line for it. A thirty-something woman, tanned by Cuprinol, perches on inexplicable heels. Her partner shoulders the spoils of shopping: four assorted bags. She jabs him [...]
  • FTPE tackle Three Peaks by RailA team of four from First TransPennine Express (FTPE) has conquered the Three Peaks Challenge by Rail, climbing the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales in just three days. The event, now in its 10th year, took place between June 21 ď 23. All proceeds were donated to the Railway Children, a UK-based childrenôs [...]
  • Future of Sustainable DesignDavid Biggs, director of property at Network Rail, delighted delegates at the Future of Sustainable Design conference with details of retail outlets on stations out performing recession-struck high street shops. ėItôs retail on the way, not in the way,ô says Biggs. For several years now Network Rail Property has been hard at work unlocking the [...]
  • Irish Rail reunites Twitter dog with ownerIrish Rail harnessed the power of Twitter to return home a lost dog that boarded one of its early morning trains to Dublin. Rail workers posted a message on Twitter with a photo of Patch who ended up 20 miles from home after hopping onto the 6.49am commuter train in Kilcock on Wednesday. The message [...]
  • Panda-monium on the TubeThe London Underground was filled with a different breed of tourist yesterday, as more than a hundred pandas made there way onto the Tube to raise awareness about the endangered species. A total of 108 costumed performers, which represents the 108 pandas that live in the Chengdu Panda Base research centre in Southwest China’s Sichuan [...]

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  • Coalition told to do more research into HS2 alternatives The government has been told to Ďrevisit its assumptions on HS2í by a powerful committee of MPs.
  • Telford rail stationís revamp delayed The £1 million project to revamp the station started in March and was expected to take six months to complete.
  • Wi-fi is latest upgrade for SWT Desiro fleetUK: A £3∑2m programme to install wireless internet on the 45 five-car Class 444 Siemens Desiro EMUs operated by South West Trains was announced on July 4. As well as enabling passengers to access the internet and e-mail on the move, wi-fi will enable real-time monitoring of on-train equipment and, in conjunction with forward-facing cameras mounted in the cab, the possibility of monitoring track and the third rail power supply from revenue trains. Wi-fi installation is scheduled to take place over the next 12 months. Christian Roth, Fleet Director for the alliance between SWT and Network Rail, ...
  • Bombardier licenses Flexity 2 design to China SouthCHINA: On July 5 Bombardier Transportation announced the conclusion of a technology licence agreement with the CSR Puzhen subsidiary of China South Locomotive & Rolling Stock Corp. Under the agreement, Bombardier will provide CSR Puzhen with a 10-year licence to use its technology to manufacture and sell Flexity 2 100% low-floor trams in China. The agreement includes preparation and delivery of documentation for a local variant of the Flexity 2. It also provides for extensive training for CSR Puzhen employees, including assistance in the adaptation of technical documents. However, Bombardi...
  • Stations for mobile workers NETHERLANDS: Serviced office company Regus and Dutch national passenger operator NS have opened their first station2station business lounge at Amersfoort station, and are planning to develop a total of 13 drop-in office facilities at inter-city stations by the end of the year. The lounges provide access to office facilities including include workstations, meeting rooms, wi-fi, video conferencing, administrative support and tea and coffee. Workers can drop in to use the internet, complete paperwork, print documents, and meet colleagues or customers. Regus has undertaken similar projects in par...
  • Huppert pushes government to act on rail prospectusMP Julian Huppert joined Parliamentarians from across the eastern region this week to take their rail improvement plans directly to the government.

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