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Grand Central applies to run six train services a day from Sunderland and Hartlepool to London

Rail operator Grand Central is applying to increase its services from Sunderland and Hartlepool to London.

Mayor Dorothy Thornhill and Richard Harrington MP criticise London Mayor's transport strategy - which does not mention the Met

Watford politicians have criticised the London Mayor after his transport strategy made no mention of the Met Line extension.

London is not a panacea - Andy Burnham

While local authorities are facing bus subsidy cuts, Manchester is poised to spend a massive £11.5m on working up a business case for franchising

How MTR Crossrail has got on track to change train driver recruitment

One of the careers which has struggled most to break free from the tradition of white middle-aged men is train-driving. Just 6% of train drivers in the UK are female, 5% are from ethnic minority backgrounds; only 10% are under 35.

Public transport remains the number one choice for London Stansted Airport passengers

London Stansted's five years of successful passenger growth under MAG ownership and its plans to and transform the door to door passenger experience were the focus of this year's annual Stansted Area Transport Forum conference.

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  • Cycling keeps your immune system young, study findsThe sport also preserves muscle and helps maintains stable levels of body fat and cholesterolCycling can hold back the effects of ageing and rejuvenate the immune system, a study has found. Scientists carried out tests on 125 amateur cyclists aged 55 to 79 and compared them with healthy adults from a wide age group who did not exercise regularly. Continue reading...

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  • Killer cyclists to face tougher jail sentences There is a ‘persuasive case’ for a dangerous cycling law to bring cycling in line with driving offences on UK roads, according to a review published by the Department for Transport today.

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  • Chalkwell introduces Distinctive’s booking systemSittingbourne-based Chalkwell has introduced Distinctive Systems’ Tour Booking System for its DayBreaks and Holidays packages. Chalkwell says the system is a complete management solution for individual passenger reservations on extended tours and day excursions. It is in daily use with nearly 200 operators and handles two million passengers a year

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  • TransCityRail NorthOver 68% of attendees are Director level or above from organisations such as TfN, Network Rail, HS2, major contractors and the supply chain. Evening Dinner Agenda: Network with 650 key decision-makers responsible for procuring and delivering North
  • Operators hit by clampdown on 'misleading' compensation rulesTrain operators are set to rewrite the rules around compensation after a flurry of complaints about “misleading” terms and conditions. The changes surround the issue of ‘consequential loss,’ a term which refers to additional costs above the price of a ticket, and which...
  • 'Explosion' reported near track as Merseyrail sees service delaysMerseyrail warned passengers of delays between Liverpool and Ormskirk this morning after some passengers reported seeing an ‘explosion’ on a train passing through Old Roan station. The operator cited “power supply problems” which forced it to suspend services and...
  • Northern sends first Class 195 for testing in Czech RepublicNorthern Rail has sent its first Class 195 DMU from CAF’s facility in northern Spain to Velim, Czech Republic, where initial testing will begin. The unit is part of a fleet of 55 trains – split between 25 two-car units and 30 three-car units – which are expected to begin phased...

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  • London is not a panacea - Andy BurnhamWhile local authorities are facing bus subsidy cuts, Manchester is poised to spend a massive £11.5m on working up a business case for franchising
  • Compromise not needed for electricOptare’s MetroDecker has now been with us, in Euro 6 diesel form, for nearly four years. When launched at Covent Garden, London, in May 2014 it was Optare’s first venture into the integral double-decker market. With an unladen weight around 10 tonnes it was substantially lighter than its competitors.
  • First Minister meets Lothian apprenticesOn Monday (5 March), Lothian welcomed First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week.
  • Work starts on new Alcoa wheels factoryA ground-breaking ceremony has taken place at Székesfehérvár, Hungary, to mark the beginning of work on a new wheel manufacturing plant for Arconic, which will increase production of its Alcoa commercial vehicle wheels. The factory is due to open in 2019.


  • RMT TO LOBBY GERMAN EMBASSY OVER GUARDS ON NORTHERN RAILRAIL UNION RMT will be holding a lobby outside the German Embassy in London, on the first anniversary of Northern members striking to save the role of the safety critical role of a guard, before handing over a letter to the ambassador about the dispute.

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