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New West Midlands managing director named

The managing director of Merseyrail for the new West Midlands franchise has been named. Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde he has been at Merseyrail since 2015, a period in which plans for new trains took shape and services were also repeatedly disrupted by industrial action over DOO.

Dutch zero-emission trains to combine biofuel with battery storage

A batch of zero-emission trains that combine regenerative electrification technology with renewable diesel have been scheduled for commercialisation for 2025, after a pan-European passenger transport firm signed a €170m contract to manufacture the vehicles in the Netherlands.

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  • Three in four want more spending on cycle lanes in UK cities surveyJust 30% of respondents from seven cities say it is safe to cycle where they live, and many believe protected lanes would helpThe vast majority of UK city dwellers would support their taxes being spent on building cycle lanes, believing their city would be a better place to live and work if more people swapped their cars for bicycles, according to a study.Sustrans, the cycling and walking advocacy group, found that although just 6% of people commute to work by bike, 75% would like to see more money spent on cycling infrastructure and 78% support building more protected bike lanes, even if this...

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  • Southern DOO trains comply with disabled passenger policy, ORR statesFollowing a period of monitoring, the ORR is satisfied that Southern has continued to comply with its Disabled People’s Protection Policy following its move to driver-only operated (DOO) services. The regulator has concluded its review of Southern train’s customer...

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  • Many passengers disregard closing door warnings A new report into the safety of passengers entering and leaving trains says that too many passengers are willing to take risks by trying to board a train while the doors are closing. Research has shown that nearly three quarters of passengers will still try to get on a train once the door alarm starts to sound, with over half still intent on boarding just before the doors start to close. However, RSSB has concluded that DOO poses no additional risk.
  • New West Midlands managing director named The managing director of Merseyrail for the new West Midlands franchise has been named. Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde he has been at Merseyrail since 2015, a period in which plans for new trains took shape and services were also repeatedly disrupted by industrial action over DOO.

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