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Chris Grayling, the transport secretary, came under fire from MPs after the government disqualified Stagecoach from bidding for rail franchises.

Rail union boss threatens national shutdown following Stagecoach pensions row

The boss of one of the UK's largest transport unions has threatened a national shutdown on the railways following a row over pensions that escalated after the government barred Stagecoach from bidding for three rail franchises.

Friday, 12 April 2019

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  • Testing of £500m train fleet delayed after engineers discover a faultTESTING of a £500m fleet of new trains has been partially halted after a fault was discovered. A problem was found in Northern’s 98 trains, built by Spanish train manufacturer CAF in Irun and Zaragoza, which have been undergoing testing since the first unit arrived in the UK in late 2018.

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  • Ghent opts for gasFour gas-powered Scania Interlink LD school buses have recently been delivered to the Belgian city of Ghent. They are replacements for four older diesel buses and the city now aims to change all nine school buses in its fleet to more sustainable alternatives.
  • Clarke’s capital connectionExecutive Support Officer, Eugene Clarke, gives his own perspective on his long career and working for Go-Ahead London both in the capital and Singapore
  • First Midlands’ investment in Worcester and Leicester fleetsFirst Worcester has re-launched its most popular route with refurbished vehicles and new branding, whilst First Leicester is preparing for the LEZ. Richard Sharman speaks to First Midlands Managing Director, Nigel Eggleton for an update on the division
  • Lothian announces new travel hubLothian Country has announced on 3 April, that it will be opening a new travel hub in The Centre, Livingston. The operator also announced that it will be adding an additional service to the area.
  • Scania’s new Gatwick premises inaugurated by Swedish AmbassadorHis Excellency Mr Torbjörn Sohlström, Sweden’s Ambassador to the UK, visited Gatwick on Tuesday 2 April to inaugurate Scania’s new commercial vehicle service centre. His Excellency was joined at the ceremony by an estimated 150 transport operators together with senior Scania executives and representatives of the site developer/owner, Gallagher Group.
  • Stagecoach releases trading statementAccording to the statement, the company has seen an increase in expected earnings per share thanks to ‘strong trading and positive progress’ in the UK Rail division.

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