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Thursday, 07 June 2018

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  • Britain’s railways are veering off the tracksBritons are used to queueing and they have become used to poor service on their railways. But the latest chaos has shocked even the most hardened commuters. Hundreds of train services have been cancelled this week, leaving thousands stranded on their way to work. Worse, there are no immediate solutions. People who pay hefty prices for season tickets have had enough.

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  • We should look to Japan to see how a rail system ought to operateYOU carried a letter (June 4) from the chief executives and managing directors of our leading rail companies asking for suggestions from the public for the “root and branch reform" of rail ticketing regulations in the UK. The letter contained the astonishing fact that there are at present “55 million fares to choose from across the country”. Quite apart from the serious shortcomings of our rail network, it is little wonder then that the rail travelling public feel a sense of bewilderment and frustration when it comes to purchasing a ticket for a rail journey.

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  • Brussels needs to backpedal on e-bike insurance [Subscription]Everyone accepts that encouraging motorists to embrace public transport or cycling is crucial. It is good for the environment, helps tackle congestion and is, of course, better for health. The emergence of electric bicycles has helped many people make this switch, but there is trouble ahead. In one of the most perplexing ideas since the EU was established, the European Commission recently proposed that electric bikes should have third-party insurance. The notion is the kind of decision-making madness that gives the EU a bad name.
  • Jaguar sales crash dents supplier’s profits [subscription]The diesel-related sales crash at Jaguar Land Rover has shaken the confidence and performance of one of its key suppliers.
  • SNP wants guarantees on Heathrow runway [Subscription]The SNP will demand guaranteed extra slots for Scottish flights into London in return for the party’s support for the third runway at Heathrow, its leader in Westminster has said.

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  • John McLellan: Edinburgh Airport soars despite new Heathrow runwayIt’s three years since I wrote here about how the future of Scotland’s airports would be dictated by the London runway decision, at least that’s what industry insiders were saying at the time. Despite UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling’s announcement this week that Heathrow has finally been selected, the prospect of expansion is little nearer.

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Rail Technology Magazine

  • Greater Anglia speeds up delay repay compensationGreater Anglia has updated its compensation process to make it faster to make a claim after listening to customer feedback. Rail passengers in the region told the train operating company that its online Delay Repay claim form, which is used to compensate passengers who experience delays of 30...
  • NR stations to tackle plastic use to become greenerNetwork Rail is to ban retailers from supplying plastic cutlery and cups in its managed stations from 2020. The move forms part of the organisation’s plans to tackle three significant environmental issues in the country’s biggest and busiest stations. Currently, 94% of Network...
  • Proposals put forward to WYCA for HS2 testing facility and station refurbProposals have been made to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) Investment Committee to back new schemes that will create an HS2 testing facility, renovated station plans and a new rail park & ride scheme in the area. The plans put forward to the authority involve 10 new schemes...

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