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  • Railways are crying out for fresh sparkTHE ongoing fiasco surrounding rail services across the north of England has thrown the spotlight on the region‚Äôs ageing network and outdated diesel trains.

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  • CAF closes deal to supply 77 locally made trains for Wales and BordersJust a day after Vivarail announced it will be providing five Class 320s for the new Wales and Borders franchise, CAF has now revealed that it is in final negotiations with operator KeolisAmey to supply and maintain a major fleet of new trains. The Spanish firm – which is already supplying...
  • Minister promises Northern disruption is a priority as RDG reports improvement Northern passengers have experienced “totally unacceptable” service recently, rail minister Jo Johnson said yesterday. Meeting with the mayor of Greater Manchester and leaders of Northern and Network Rail, Johnson warned that efforts to reduce the disruption following timetable...
  • DfT publishes ITT for East Midlands franchise biddersBidders for the next East Midlands franchise are being urged to demonstrate how they will deliver on an “ambitious” upgrade programme as the DfT published the invitation to tender (ITT). The current franchise has been operated by Stagecoach for over a decade, but the operator is now...
  • Consultation launched for next CrossCountry franchiseThe Department for Transport (DfT) is running a consultation to select the next operator for the Cross Country franchise. The current franchise, operated by Arriva UK Trains, is due to end in December 2019, and the consultation is to seek views on various aspects of the service. This will...

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