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  • HS2 contractor Carillion investigated by FCAFirm behind major UK construction projects faces legal scrutiny over claims of ‘timeliness and content of corporate announcements’
  • Chris Grayling's soft-shoe shuffle reveals rotten state of UK rail system | Nils PratleyTransport secretary should be required to set out the hit to public purse from his ministerial manoeuvre on East Coast line. January's howl of outrage over train fares carries extra force this year because it comes after a ministerial manoeuvre that illustrates the rotten state of the rail franchising system.That manoeuvre, of course, was Chris Grayling's soft-shoe shuffle last November that will see Stagecoach and Virgin relieved of the East Coast franchise in 2020 on terms that look extremely advantageous for companies which are currently clocking up losses on the line.
  • 'I'm going via the wing': fed-up Ryanair passenger takes the emergency exitMan is arrested after shocking fellow travellers on delayed flight to Malaga by opening door and getting out on to the wing – taking hand luggage with himAn impatient Ryanair passenger shocked fellow travellers when he forced his way out of the emergency exit after getting fed up with waiting to disembark after a flight from the UK to Spain.The man, reportedly a 57-year-old Polish national, ended up perching on the wing of flight FR8164 with his hand luggage as the plane sat on the tarmac at Malaga airport.

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  • Congestion-busting scheme to benefit millions of drivers A scheme which has halved disruption to drivers caused by roadworks in Kent and London will continue to deliver better journeys in the future, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced. The 2 pioneer Lane Rental schemes, where utility companies are charged up to £2,500 a day for carrying out roadworks on busy roads at the busiest times, were due to end in March 2019 but, due to their success, both Kent and Transport for London will carry on implementing their schemes. The Department for Transport is considering rolling out the Lane Rental scheme to other areas in England follow...
  • Better mobile and Wi-Fi connectivity for rail passengers The Government has fired the starting gun on an ambitious plan that could see the UK’s train passengers to benefit from a dramatic improvement in onboard mobile and Wi-Fi connections. The rapid growth of mobile data requirements and the use of smartphones and tablets now means that consumers expect high quality, reliable connectivity everywhere. As part of its 5G strategy the Government has committed to improving coverage where people live, work and travel - including on trains. Minimum standards for mobile connectivity on new franchises already being introduced, but today’s pr...
  • P&O Ferries reports highest annual freight volumes in ten years on Zeebrugge-Tilbury route P&O Ferries reports that it carried more freight between Zeebrugge and Tilbury in 2017 than in any other year in the decade long history of the route. The integrated ferry and logistics company carried 185,908 freight units between January and December - an increase of 4.3 per cent on last year and surpassing the previous best 12 monthly figure set in 2016. Nick Pank, P&O Ferries' Head of Freight - North Sea, said:

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  • Critics slam 'staggering' 3.4% rail fare hike as it comes into forceRailway stations across England have become the backdrop to protests today as the highest rail fare increase in five years comes into force. The 3.4% raise, announced last year, has prompted anger from unions and the Opposition, which described the hike as “staggering” and argued the...
  • Southampton track gets £8m upgradeSouthampton has seen the completion of an £8m track upgrade over the Christmas period. The track renewal work, which was carried out between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, saw over 6,000 metres of cabling and 200 metres of track replaced by Network Rail. The company has said that...
  • GWR Electrostar fleet enters service after electrification completedA new fleet of Electrostar trains has entered service today on the Great Western Main Line following the completion of electrification work between London Paddington and Didcot. GWR, which operates services on the line, says the new fleet will offer 8,000 extra seats across its network...
  • London Bridge opens 'huge' new concourse following Christmas worksLondon Bridge station has reopened today following 10 days of major engineering work. The final section of the station’s large new concourse and its final five platforms have opened for the first time, allowing Cannon Street trains to resume calling at the station. The new concourse...
  • Government pledges to 'futureproof' Britain's railways as it prepares for 5GRail passengers could see a dramatic improvement to onboard mobile and Wi-Fi connections, according to the government’s ambitious 5G Strategy. The rapid growth of mobile data requirements means that passengers expect high quality, reliable connectivity across the network, and so as part of...

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  • Government may rethink basis for rail fare rises Demonstrators have been out in force at around 40 stations in England and Wales to protest at the latest increases in National Rail fares. Regulated fares rose by 3.6 per cent in England and Wales, and by the same amount during peak hours in Scotland. Off-peak regulated fares in Scotland have risen by 2.6 per cent. The average increase, taking non-regulated fares such as Advanced, Anytime and First Class into account, is 3.4 per cent in England and Wales and 3.2 per cent in Scotland. But the government may have given the first hint that the system of basing the annual increases on the Retail ...

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