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Thursday, 11 January 2018

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  • Transport police takeover is politics before good sense [Subscription]The House of Lords will today debate, at the behest of Lord Foulkes of Cumnock, the proposed takeover of the British Transport Police role in Scotland by Police Scotland. In response, the UK government should make clear that it will defend the public interest for the whole of Britain rather than accede to an unreasonable political demand.

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  • John Hayes resigns as Minister for Transport The Rt Hon John Hayes has left his post as Minister for Transport during Prime Minister Theresa May’s Cabinet Reshuffle. Mr Hayes has been a member of parliament for 20 years and has been a Government minister since 2010. He was Minister of State at the Department for Transport from 15 July 2016 to 9 January 2018.  Mr Hayes is replaced at Transport by Jo Johnson.

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  • GTR providing 'worst performance on the network'Govia Thameslink Railway has been panned by the National Audit Office (NAO) after a review found it offered the “worst performance on the network” and had not delivered value for money. The struggling franchise, which represents Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern services, as...
  • SWR and NR answer to passenger watchdog over poor performanceSouth Western Railway (SWR) and Network Rail (NR) bosses were brought in front of the national passenger watchdog this week, following poor performance and disruption across the network. Transport Focus called the meeting to allow both organisations a chance to account for the problems and...
  • Overground between Gospel Oak and Barking to reopen after 'once in a generation upgrade'London Overground services are set to return between Gospel Oak and Barking next week following the installation of new overhead electric lines. Opening on Monday 15 January, the work will allow new electric trains to be introduced on the line, in what Network Rail is calling a “once in a...

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  • Thameslink Programme ˜not yet value for money™ A new report says the Govia Thameslink Railway franchise has not yet delivered value for money, partly because the Department for Transport did not take enough care to consider passengers when designing the franchise. However, the franchise has a realistic chance of succeeding in the longer term, according to the National Audit Office.

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