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Layers of grime, discarded cigarette packets, plastic bottles and a broken door. These grim snaps of a Northern Rail carriage have left one passenger asking what his hard-earned ticket money is paying for as commuters are punished by rising fares.

Tuesday, 09 January 2018

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  • RMT calls for summit to break DOO deadlock Five train operators are set to be affected by strikes this week, starting today, but the RMT wants a summit to be held over the vexed question of driver-operated trains. The operators are Greater Anglia, Merseyrail, Northern and South Western Railway, where walkouts are scheduled for today, Wednesday and Friday, while a further strike has been called on Southern for today only. RMT general secretary Mick Cash has insisted that while the strikes are going ahead, the RMT is also ready to resume talks.


  • RMT calls for urgent summit talks with Chris GraylingRMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “Earlier today Conservative HQ confirmed that Chris Grayling was moving from transport, a move that might have opened up a fresh approach from the Government to the current disputes over rail safety. That announcement was then reversed and after a day of total Government chaos we now know that Mr Grayling is going nowhere and is remaining at transport.

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  • Safran Group names director of Zodiac merger Thierry Dubois In a further step toward making the takeover of Zodiac Aerospace a reality, Safran Group has appointed Hélène Moreau-Leroy director of the Zodiac integration project, the Paris-based company announced Jan. 8. read more
  • Lufthansa trials service innovations on A380 FlyingLabLufthansa has trialed a series of innovations aboard an Airbus A380 FlyingLab flight from Frankfurt to Houston following a futuristic travel experience competition—aimed at young developers—which was jointly run by Lufthansa and Deutsche Telekom. read more
  • Icelandair rolls out new structureIcelandair Group has simplified its organizational structure, dividing the company into two areas: international flight operations and equity investments. read more
  • Alitalia to select bidder soonAlitalia’s special administrators are set to choose the successful bidder with whom they want to begin exclusive negotiations about the bankrupt airline’s future within days, Italy’s economic development minister said. read more

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