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Train services should be axed to bring down the cost of running the country's railways, MPs have been told.

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FREE wireless internet has been launched on trains between the Capital and Glasgow as part of a new £250,000 trial.

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Transport bosses are preparing a pioneering scheme to claw back control of bus services in West Yorkshire.

Train-jobs deal remains on track

A MASSIVE multi-billion-pound train carriage order will put jobs and investment on track in South Tyneside – despite union warnings over contract delays.

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  • Road campaigners oppose route planThe choice of route for the Inverness trunk link road could be overturned if it is found that officials misled councillors about the technicalities of building a tunnel under the river and canal.

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  • LOROL raise over £850 for Railway ChildrenEmployees at London Overground Rail Operations Limited (LOROL) have donated more than £850 to the Railway Children charity. The company pledged  £1 to the charity for every annual employee survey completed, resulting in the highest response rate to date. In a presentation at Willesden Junction station, LOROL managing director Steve Murphy, and some of the [...]
  • Network Rail expects to meet cost-cutting targetNetwork Rail has announced that it expects to meet government targets for reducing costs by approximately 25 per cent by 2014. The cuts will mean the infrastructure owner will need to take on more debt in the coming years in order that a number of major projects may be completed. Although revenues for the year [...]
  • London Midland to cut journey times by half an hourLondon Midland is aiming to cut journey times into the capital by up to half an hour when it introduces 110 mph running later this year. The operator is conducting a series of final tests during the summer before the faster speed is adopted by some of its services from December 10. Journey times to [...]
  • Crossrail reveals plans to transform Farringdon™s western entranceCrossrail has submitted plans for a six-storey office and retail development above the western entrance of Farringdon station. The proposals, which have been submitted to the London Borough of Islington and the City of London Corporation in partnership with developer Cardinal Lysander, will be located at the corner of Cowcross Street and Farringdon Road. The [...]
  • Flying Scotsman celebrates 150 yearsThe world’s most famous train, the Flying Scotsman, has celebrated its 150th year in operation this month. The engine, which has also been called the ‘Ten O’Clock’ and ‘The Flying Scotchman’, was first launched in 1862 as the ‘Special Scotch Express’ to make the 10-and-a-half-hour journey between London King’s Cross and Edinburgh Waverley. There has [...]
  • Japanese freight bounces back after tsunamiJapan Freight Railway Company has announced that the volume of freight containers conveyed by rail rose by 11.9 per cent to 1.568 million tonnes last month. This latest figure marks the third consecutive month in which freight traffic carried by rail has grown. This time last year, freight on rail plunged as manufactures suspended, or [...]

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  • Rail unions take McNulty fight to Commons The RMT said it had 'seized the opportunity' at an evidence session of the Transport Select Committee to demand that MPs 'pull the government back from embarking on the catastrophic course of cuts and profiteering set out in the McNulty rail review'. The union is claiming that the report's recommendations would create the perfect 'lethal cocktail' of conditions for another major disaster on the scale of Hatfield or Potters Bar.
  • Ticket office closures list revealed A list of 116 stations which are set to lose their ticket offices or have their hours reduced has now been made public by the Department for Transport, following months of controversy. One London terminus is included on the DfT's list. Following a Parliamentary answer by transport minister Theresa Villiers, it has been confirmed that London Midland has asked for permission to close the ticket offices at nine stations, most of which are in the West Midlands, and reduce the opening hours at 73 others.

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  • RMT General Secretary to expose 'lethal cocktail' of McNulty rail reforms at Select CommitteeRAIL UNION RMT will seize the opportunity at an evidence session of the Transport Select Committee today (19th June) to demand that MP's pull the government back from embarking on the catastrophic course of cuts and profiteering set out in the McNulty rail review which the union says would create the perfect 'lethal cocktail' of conditions for another Hatfield or Potters Bar disaster on Britain's railways.
  • RMT supports Dutch dockworkers as they take pensions rip-off protest to AEGON-sponsored Eastbourne tennis tournamentBRITISH MARITIME UNION RMT today pledged full support to colleagues from the Dutch dockworkers union as they prepare to take their protest over the takeover of their pension funds by Eastbourne-tennis sponsors Aegon to the tournament this Saturday - 23rd June.
  • RMT demands answers over £100 million gap in Northern Isles ferries contractSHIPPING UNION RMT today demanded answers as to why preferred bidders SERCO are claiming on the Stock Exchange that the Northern Ferries contract, that they are expected to take over on the 5th July, is worth £350 million while the Scottish Government are saying the deal is worth £243 million - a £107 million gap.
  • Diesel-battery hybrid shunting locomotives leased GERMANY: DB Schenker Rail subsidiary Mitteldeutsche Eisenbahn has leased five Alstom diesel-battery hybrid locomotives, which it will use for shunting at Dow Olefinverbund's Schkopau plant. The locomotives use a 250 kW Deutz six-cylinder diesel engine to charge a NiCd battery, giving a maximum output of 650 kW when required. 'This vehicle is less noisy compared to conventional diesel shunting locomotives and saves about 40% on fuel and 60% on emissions', said DB Schenker Rail CEO Alexander Hedderich. The lease agreement with Alstom announced on June 18 runs to 2018, with an option to purchase...

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