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Emergency brake used to halt 'runaway' Caledonian Sleeper train after it overshoots Waverley Station in Edinburgh

An overnight train from London carrying 120 passengers had to be halted with an emergency brake after being unable to stop at Waverley Station today. The incident around 7:30am caused major commuter disruption after the Caledonian Sleeper service came to a halt at a junction in Abbeyhill, blocking the east coast main line.

Train tickets simplified on 100,000 routes as terms such as "any permitted" are scrapped

Efforts to make language clearer will also include replacing grouped stations such as ‘London Terminals’ with specific station names

Newark MP Robert Jenrick named as the official 'champion' of the Midlands

Newark MP Robert Jenrick has been named as the official 'champion' of the Midlands in Boris Johnson's new-look Government. He has been named as the new Ministerial Champion for the Midlands Engine, which is tasked with encouraging investment in the region and making it a better place to live, work, study and do business.

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  • Newark MP Robert Jenrick named as the official 'champion' of the MidlandsNewark MP Robert Jenrick has been named as the official 'champion' of the Midlands in Boris Johnson's new-look Government. He has been named as the new Ministerial Champion for the Midlands Engine, which is tasked with encouraging investment in the region and making it a better place to live, work, study and do business.

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  • Transport Focus: Reading Buses growth ‘could be replicated’Reading Buses recently hosted a visit from Transport Focus, a watchdog for transport passengers and road users, which learnt about the ways that the operator’s success could be replicated in other areas of the country.
  • Lothian introduces Contactless and Capped SystemLothian has introduced the first contactless and fare capped public transport payment system in Scotland, in partnership with Flowbird Transport Intelligence.
  • 21st Century fits first bus in TfL area with SmartVision21st Century has announced that it has fitted the first bus in the Transport for London (TfL) area with its SmartVision Camera Monitoring System (CMS). The Metroline ADL vehicle has been fitted with the camera system which replaces wing mirrors for improved safety.
  • Wrightbus searching for investors after ‘financial downturn’Manufacturer is working with Deloitte and considering restructuring options Wrightbus has confirmed in a statement on its website that it is working with professional services network Deloitte to ‘explore the potential of bringing onboard an investor.’
  • New PM pledges to improve the UK bus network “as a matter of urgency”Boris Johnson has pledged to improve the UK’s bus network and bring in a raft of changes Within the first three days of being in his new position as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson gave a speech at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry about developing the Northern Powerhouse rail project.

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  • India set for world’s first hyperloop projectThe first hyperloop project in the world has been approved by a regional government in India. Plans to build a hyperloop transportation system between Pune and Mumbai have been rubber stamped by the Government for the state of Maharashtra in Western India
  • Government commits £344M to bolster transport in no-deal Brexit planThe government has committed millions to preparing for a potential no-deal Brexit, including bolstering transport infrastructure around ports in Kent. The money is part of a wider £2.1bn no-deal Brexit preparation fund from HM Treasury, some of which will be spent on improving transport infrastructure around ports.

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  • £15m boost for new railway stationsA £40m project to open three new train stations in Birmingham has been given a £15m boost from the government. The funding from the Department for Transport progresses plans to get passenger services resumed on the Camp Hill Line calling at Moseley, Kings Heath and Hazelwell Stations.

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