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Big pay rises for rail bosses behind soaring fares and delays [subscription]

The bosses of Britain’s biggest rail operators received inflation-busting pay increases last year despite mounting passenger anger over rising fares and delays on the network. An analysis by The Times shows that the heads of all main rail company ownership groups have enjoyed huge rises over the past 12 months, with the majority on seven-figure packages.

Trains cancelled, trains leaving early, trains delayed - more anger at Transport for Wales

Transport for Wales passengers are angry again today as rail services are delayed by over an hour, trains are cancelled and some leave before the scheduled time. Commuters across Wales returning to work following the Christmas period have been left in frustration, and saying the rail service is even worse than it was last year.

West Yorkshire public transport tsar reveals 2020 vision for buses across region

Coun Kim Groves, chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee is predicting that 2020 will be a significant year for buses in West Yorkshire and across the UK.

Friday, 03 January 2020

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  • Commuters gather at Bolton station in protest over increased rail faresFrustrated commuters gathered outside Bolton train station on Thursday evening as part of a national day of action to protest against increased rail fares.
  • Grant Shapps has two ideas for Northern rail. Neither is exactly radical | Nils PratleyThe transport secretary should save the promises to ‘frustrated commuters’ until he has a real planWhat does a transport secretary do on a day when rail passengers are grumbling about annual increases in fares? One diversionary tactic is to put the boot into one of the most unpopular franchises in the country – Arriva-operated Northern rail – to give the impression the government is primed for radical intervention.Thus Grant Shapps talked excitedly on Thursday about how he is not prepared to tolerate Northern’s “completely unacceptable” service. The contract would be “brought to an end” and “f...

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  • Well, 2020 what have you got for us?Another year, another decade even, is upon us but what does the tram world in the British Isles have in store for us? It is only the first day of the year and a lot of plans for events etc. haven’t yet been made available but we do know a little of what to expect and it will be a year of anniversaries in various locations…

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  • Northern Rail to be stripped of franchise Transport secretary Grant Shapps has said Northern Rail is to be stripped of its franchise following its “unacceptable” performance. This comes off the back of a year of chaos and cancellations across the network, which runs Newcastle to Leeds, Liverpool, Hull, Manchester and Stoke....

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  • PSVAR exemption grows for home to schoolA further temporary exemption to PSVAR has been agreed by DfT. It covers vehicles used on home to school services that are procured either directly by a school or a sixth form college, or by a local authority (LA) on behalf of those establishments.

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