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  • The Guardian view on rail privatisation: going off the tracks | EditorialTwenty years after rail privatisation was completed, passengers put up with late, expensive and frequently overcrowded services. The state should run a few train firms so private companies would be forced to up their gameThere are few more annoying issues for the great British public than their railways. While†some cities and towns have seen stations spruced up, the public suffer from often late, expensive and frequently overcrowded train services.
  • This hefty train fare rise is yet another Tory betrayal of passengers | Andy McDonaldThe highest price rise in five years is part of a simple truth that the government won‚Äôt admit: the rail system it created is now broken beyond repair‚ÄĘ Andy McDonald MP is shadow secretary of state for transportThe chancellor, Philip Hammond, has been true to his word and his government has followed through on his promise. In 2011 he said the railway was a ‚Äúrich man‚Äôs toy‚ÄĚ. The rail industry is doing its level best to deliver on that pledge with Tuesday‚Äôs announcement that rail fares will go up by an average of 3.4% in January, the highest increase in five years. Ticket prices have already ris...

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  • Eddie Stobart is the 100th Northern Powerhouse partner Eddie Stobart has announced it is the 100th partner of the Northern Powerhouse, a campaign to boost the local economy through investment in skills, innovation, transport and culture. To celebrate the partnership, Eddie Stobart welcomed the Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, Jake Berry, to its headquarters in Appleton, Warrington, where a new co-branded trailer was unveiled. As part of the Ministerís visit, he was taken on a tour of Eddie Stobartís facilities, including the Training Academy. The Minister also met with two of the companyís apprentices to hear about their ro...

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  • Biggest rail fare rise in five years condemned by passengersThe Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has announced the biggest fare increase since 2013, with prices set to rise by 3.4% in January. Figures are lower than the initial ONS projection of 3.6% but have been condemned by passenger group Transport Focus for using the higher retail price index to calculate...
  • ORR: Train performance improving but still not hitting targetsTrain performance in England and Wales has improved but is still some way short of hitting both Network Rail and regulatory targets. The ORR’s Network Rail Monitor report for the last six-month period also shows that there has been significant underspend on both renewals and enhancements...
  • Thameslink certain that infrastructure will finish on time despite project delaysThe director behind the Thameslink Programme has today defended the project and reassured passengers that the infrastructure will be completed to schedule, despite the roll-out of other parts of the project being delayed. In an exclusive interview with RTM, Mark Somers, rail systems project...
  • TfL completes largest ever test of new signalling systemTfL has completed its biggest test to date of its brand new signalling system. Engineers have worked over the weekend testing trains on a new computer-based signalling and controls system between Hammersmith and Edgeware Road, which will be the first section of the Tube to go live with the new...

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  • Rail fares rise of 3.4% is a ėcruel jokeô Rail fares are to rise by an average of 3.4 per cent at the start of January. Regulated fares will go up by 3.6 per cent, in line with the Retail Price Index in July this year. Critics have described the forthcoming increases as a 'cruel joke' and a 'chill wind', but train operators said the money was needed for investment.

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  • Angel Trains raises £1∑1bn to support Ďappetite to competeíUK: Rolling stock leasing company Angel Trains Group announced on December 6 that it had secured £835m of new funding to refinance the procurement of 665 Bombardier Transportation Aventra electric multiple-unit cars that will be leased to Abellio for use on the East Anglia franchise from 2019.

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