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  • CANADIAN COMPANY BUY 50% OF WIGHTLINK FERRIESFiera Infrastructure Inc., a leading global midmarket direct infrastructure investor, has acquired a 50% equity interest in Wightlink from Basalt Infrastructure Partners LLP.
  • Letter: Watford needs more green spaceAnthony Bramley-Harker’s letter entitled new Life for Rail Line (Letters, May 31) is a heart-warming plea for town planning sanity. West Watford is one of the most heavily built-up parts of the town and more green space is much-needed. The old Croxley rail branch has the potential to become a fantastic ‘linear park’.
  • ‘Frightening’ Penketh bus route sparks accident fearsA RESIDENT fears someone could be killed because of a ‘frightening’ bus route in Penketh. Resident Hazel Moss, of Withycombe Road, has raised serious concerns over buses, including double deckers, using the road.
  • It is time to give more money and power to the northToday ExaminerLive joins forces with rival publishers across the north to call for Britain’s main political parties to commit to a revolution in the way government treats our communities.

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  • A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now.Chris Hobson, director of policy and external affairs at the East Midlands Chamber, talks in detail about what travelling through the region will look like in 2034. A mere 15 years from now, a description of a rail journey from London to Sheffield could include an explanation of how part of the...
  • No excuse for derailing station ITMarie Clutterbuck, CMO at Tectrade, discusses the rail sector’s IT vulnerabilities, particularly at stations, and outlines the benefits of zero-day recovery IT architecture. Are you truly a commuter until you’ve reached a mainline station at 6pm on a muggy summer Friday evening and...
  • The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demandRichard Turner, head of apprenticeships at Network Rail, details the reasons for growing apprenticeship demand in the rail sector over the coming years. The Network Rail Engineering Technician apprenticeship program develops the technicians, team leaders, supervisors, managers, and engineers of...
  • Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the black countryMalcolm Holmes, executive director of the West Midlands Rail Executive, described the new stations set to be built for the Black Country region of the Midlands. The last time the residents of Darlaston or Willenhall could board a train on their doorstep was more than 50 years ago. Since 1965...
  • Hitachi trains for Happy trainsScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While ScotRail awaited delivery of the Hitachi Class 385s last year, we had to replace some older trains which had come to the end of their lease, and ensure capacity...

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  • UK Opens ePassport Gates to U.S., Canadian TravelersTravel to the UK just got a bit easier: the destination is now allowing citizens of the United States and Canada to use its ePassport gates. Previously, the gates had only been open to people from the UK and European Union.
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