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'Cancel Northern rail, not our trains': Fed up commuters protest outside Manchester Victoria station

Passengers frustrated at the service offered by the rail firm franchise began direct action

TfLís New Routemaster to be converted to front door entry only

CBW has seen a Freedom of Information Act (FoI) request from Isaac Davis in regards to the proposal by Transport for London (TfL) to convert 1,000 Wrightbus New Routemasters (NRM) three-door double-deckers to front door entry only, to reduce fare evasion.

Friday, 06 December 2019


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  • Passengers protest to demand Northern rail be stripped of franchiseCustomers of one of UK‚Äôs worst-performing train firms gather for Manchester demonstrationLong-suffering passengers using one of the UK‚Äôs worst-performing train companies have staged a rush-hour protest demanding it be stripped of its franchise.Commuters gathered outside Victoria station in Manchester to draw attention to the regular delays, cancellations and overcrowding on services run by Northern, calling upcoming new year price increases an insult to passengers who already pay over the odds for a ‚Äúvery poor‚ÄĚ service. Continue reading...
  • Eddie Stobart transport firm teeters on brink of collapseUp to 6,500 jobs at risk as shareholders prepare to vote on company‚Äôs future The Eddie Stobart transport business, famed for its red and green lorries, is teetering on the brink of collapse with its future due to be decided at a key shareholder vote in London on Friday.The vote will pit William Stobart, the third son of the company‚Äôs founder, against his childhood friend and former brother-in-law, Andrew Tinkler. Continue reading...

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  • Uber pushes back against Khan criticismsSadiq Khan has lashed out at Uber by criticising the firmís response to its London ban, while also shaming the app for allowing a driver to operate after it was found he possessed ďobscene photos of a childĒ.
  • Former Ofcom boss to advise on Heathrow terminal monopoly probeA firm set up by the former boss of Ofcom has been appointed to advise the aviation regulator on whether [...] The post Former Ofcom boss to advise on Heathrow terminal monopoly probe appeared first on CityAM.

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  • Ampler Bikes on what the UK can learn from mainland EuropeEuropeís growing affection for light mobility products and a desire for a cleaner environment is putting pressure on cities to start putting more focus on building better infrastructure and making city centres car-free. The UK can look towards mainland Europe for examples on how to create its own cycling-friendly policies. Safety and convenience are key to catching up.
  • E-bike tech start-up launches in London with DeliverooMobility startup Bolt has launched in the UK with the ďworldís firstĒ platform to offer an accessible light electric vehicle solution for delivery couriers and businesses.

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  • Port of Tyne launches vision for the futureMatt Beeton, Chief Executive Officer, Port of Tyne,†has launched ĎTyne 2050í, the Portís new strategic plan. This is a long-term vision that will see the Tyne become a gateway to help transform both the region and the maritime industry. It is fully aligned to the Governmentís Maritime 2050 strategy and to the North East Economic plan. Matt Beeton said: ďThe Tyne 2050 plan is an exciting new vision for the Port. The strategy is critical to sustaining the Port for the long-term and will help lead the way in key areas such as environment and technology as well a...

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  • TfLís New Routemaster to be converted to front door entry onlyCBW has seen a Freedom of Information Act (FoI) request from Isaac Davis in regards to the proposal by Transport for London (TfL) to convert 1,000 Wrightbus New Routemasters (NRM) three-door double-deckers to front door entry only, to reduce fare evasion.
  • Stagecoach North East to start DRT contract next monthTees Valley Combined Authority awarded Stagecoach North East with a contract to operate a demand responsive transport service for a three-year trial period, which will start in the New Year
  • Stagecoach Westís Bristol expansionStagecoach West has seen its operations and operating area significantly increase over the last five years. The latest company to join the Stagecoach West fold is South Gloucestershire Bus & Coach. Richard Sharman visited the Patchway depot one week before the official takeover to see the preparations underway and what operations will be added to the divisionís already diverse portfolio

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  • TfL to install over 100 cycle docking points near major rail stations Before the year is over, Transport for London (TfL) will have installed 105 new Santander Cycles docking points close to Network Rail stations in Central London. It comes as part of an initiative to boost connectivity between different modes of transport, giving commuters and visitors in the...
  • Virgin Trains lead the way with 5G onboard connectivity Virgin Trains has become the first train operator to trial onboard 5G Wi-Fi. The trial comes in partnership with McLauren Applied and Vodafone, as efforts to bring unrivalled broadband speeds onboard trains continue. Once rolled out, the 5G connectivity on the West Coast Mainline will offer...
  • LNER to say goodbye to Intercity 125 High Speed Train More than four decades of service to be celebrated by London North Eastern Railway from the iconic High-Speed Train (HST) on the East Coast route with a special farewell tour in December. LNER will mark the occasion by operating a four-day special service taking in the majority of destinations...
  • New Northern trains announced across their routesRail operator, Northern, announced yesterday (Dec 4) that more than 50 new northern trains will be in service from Dec 15, with a further 49 to be operational in 2020. Brand new trains will serve Lincoln, Gainsborough, Worksop, Nottingham for Lincoln and East Midlands and Leeds and...


  • Margam fatality report highlights lack of lookouts An interim report into the deaths of two track workers at Margam in south Wales on 3 July has found that the work team of three was not being protected. The third member of the team, which was maintaining a set of points, came ėvery close to being struckô, said the Rail Accident Investigation Branch. The RAIB said its preliminary conclusion was that the accident occurred because the three were working on a line that was open to traffic, without lookouts.
  • Strikes suspended on West Midlands Trains Saturdayôs strike on West Midlands Trains has been suspended by the RMT, after the union received a new offer. However, West Midlands Trains has warned that it is too late to restore a normal service, and that a limited timetable will still apply this Saturday. The dispute, which was to have triggered walkouts on every Saturday in December, was about the future responsibilities of guards, but a referendum of RMT members on WMT will now be carried out, to see if they wish to accept the revised deal.

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  • European ministers to revamp energy tax lawsEurope‚Äôs finance ministers agreed to revise current energy taxation laws at a Dec. 5 meeting of the economic and financial affairs council, in a move that could pave the way for an end to jet fuel‚Äôs exemption from tax. read more
  • United CEO Oscar Munoz to step down in May 2020United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz will step down in May 2020 to become executive chairman of the board, the company announced Dec. 5. read more
  • Report: Aviation industry is safer, but accidents more costlyAircraft collisions and crashes account for more than half the value of all aviation-related insurance claims (57%), equivalent to $9.3 billion and more than a quarter of claims by number (27%), according to a new report provided by major insurance provider Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. read more
  • Emirates Airline orders two CAE 777X simulators CAE on Dec. 5 announced an order from Emirates Airline for two Boeing 777X full-flight simulators (FFS) and associated training suites. read more

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