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Transport for Wales: KeolisAmey fined £2.3m for poor performance

The train company contracted to run Transport for Wales services, KeolisAmey, has been fined £2.3m by the Welsh Government for poor performance.Economy minister Ken Skates said the penalty notices were "vital", saying the company had not lived up to what was agreed.

Siemens' exciting £6m 'rail village' plans for East Yorkshire town

The centre would support the company's upcoming £200m rail manufacturing facility in Goole

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  • 19 month-high for trains running on timeThe number of trains running on time across Scotland’s Railway has reached its highest level since June 2018, as customers reap the rewards of investment in infrastructure and £475 million on new and upgraded trains.

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  • Not just HS2, but HS3HS2 may be wildly over-budget, but it is safe, and its successor may get funded too

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  • Winners named on £640M Network Rail design contractsNetwork Rail has announced the award of 82 framework contracts to deliver design services across the country. Aecom, Mott MacDonald, WSP and Jacobs are among the big winners, with Amey, Arcadis and Balfour Beatty also among the firms to pick up contracts (see full breakdown below).
  • Network Rail to explore means of powering networkNetwork Rail has teamed up with the Energy Innovation Centre to ensure that the train network receives the power it needs to operate.
  • Ex-HS2 technical director hits out at ‘factually wrong’ Berkeley reportFormer High Speed 2 (HS2) technical director Andrew McNaughton has hit out at Lord Tony Berkeley’s “dissenting report”, claiming that it is “completely and factually wrong”.
  • Transport for Wales opens metro infrastructure hubTransport for Wales has announced the opening of the South Wales Metro Infrastructure Hub. It is the latest stage in a 170km long metro line development in Wales, worth £738M. The facility, based in Treforest, Pontypridd, will operate as the key material distribution centre for the next five years as the metro project goes underway.

Route One (Bus and Coach)

  • West Yorkshire bus franchising raised as a possibilityBus franchising in West Yorkshire has been raised by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), which has outlined its intention to “definitely consider” it in the region should its mayoral devolution deal be successful.
  • Bus industry needs to be onboard with social changeWhat does 2020 hold for the bus industry? Much of it hinges on Boris Johnson. Can he deliver on promises he made last year? Currently, the PM has bigger fish to fry. But after the UK leaves the EU this month, politicians will be able to return their attention to other matters. Buses will likely be among them. New money will be found. But ideas for re-regulation will also be at the forefront of discussion.
  • South Wales Transport sees success with TourismosSwansea operator South Wales Transport reports that two new Mercedes-Benz Tourismos, purchased in August 2019 as its first new vehicles, have delivered what it hoped for after over 10,000 miles in service.
  • TfGM responds to Manchester bus franchising criticismI read with interest Mr Tim Gibson’s letter, published in routeone last year. I would, however, like to make a few corrections.
  • Plaxton grows accessibility with side-mounted Panther liftPlaxton has launched a side-mounted wheelchair lift option for its 12.8m Panther body on the Volvo B8R chassis as part of its steps to further enhance its range of accessible coaches.

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