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Millions unclaimed in rail compensation watchdog claims

A rail watchdog claims millions of pounds are being left unclaimed by people hit by train delays.

Mobile phone coverage on trains stuck ‘in dark ages’ [subscription]

Britain’s railways are stuck in the “digital dark ages” because of poor mobile phone coverage on trains, according to government advisers.

Bus services to be ‘transformed’ as Open Data service goes live

Bus passengers across England will now benefit from being able able to plan their journeys down to the minute as the Open Data project to share bus data goes live. Information on timetables will be available from this year, followed by location and fares data during 2021. Operators are required to make available their schedule data available via the TransXchange platform. Information can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/publish-bus-open-data.

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  • Continuing to ExcelFirst Eastern Counties has relaunched its long-distance Excel route between Norwich and Peterborough, utilising a fleet of the first ADL Enviro400 City-bodied Scanias with diesel drives. James Day reports
  • CPT responds to Westminster coach parking space removalFollowing the news that Westminster City Council is to remove a number of parking spaces for coaches following complaints from residents as reported in CBW last week, the CPT’s Keith McNally made the following statement:
  • Bus services to be ‘transformed’ as Open Data service goes liveBus passengers across England will now benefit from being able able to plan their journeys down to the minute as the Open Data project to share bus data goes live. Information on timetables will be available from this year, followed by location and fares data during 2021. Operators are required to make available their schedule data available via the TransXchange platform. Information can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/publish-bus-open-data.

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  • Northern on the hunt for new apprenticesArriva Rail North (Northern) has announced it is looking for apprentice applicants to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week. The scheme will enable 16 of these apprentices to train as engineering technicians and five to focus more specifically on train planning and station operations. The...

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  • Train delay compensation needs ˜shake-up™, says watchdog Passenger watchdog Transport Focus says passengers often find it too difficult to claim compensation if their train is late or cancelled. It is launching a publicity campaign today using cinema advertisements, station billboards and social media to explain that compensation is available, often after a delay of just 15 minutes, although this is not yet universal. The watchdog is calling for a new website, ˜quicker and easier™ claim processes, and more automated compensation.

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  • Alstom signs first contract for battery-electric regional trains in Germany Alstom will manufacture, deliver and maintain until 2032 eleven Coradia Continental battery-electric trains for regional traffic on the Leipzig-Chemnitz route on behalf of VMS (Verkehrsverbund Mittelsachsen) and with the support of ZVNL (Zweckverband für den Nahverkehrsraum Leipzig), the two authorities responsible for this line. The contract is worth approximately €100 million. Following this order, Alstom offers all types of traction systems on the market as well as the full range of emission-free drives, from efficient electric motors to hydrogen fuel cells and advanced battery traction.In...
  • Container handling volumes stable, goods handling declines in 2019 In 2019, container handling volumes at Duisburger Hafen AG (duisport), which reached approximately 4.0 million TEU, remained at the level of 2018 (4.1 million TEU). With a share of around 60 percent, container handling is duisport's most important business segment. Total goods handling is expected to decline from 65.3 million tonnes to approximately 61.1 million tonnes (-4.2 million tonnes).The drop in total goods handling is due to weakening industry demand and Germany's move away from coal-based electricity, which led to another significant decrease in bulk cargo. With 20%, the coal and ste...
  • Emirates and Olympique Lyonnais announce new partnership Emirates and Olympique Lyonnais (OL), one of France's top football clubs, announced a five year sponsorship deal. Under the agreement, Emirates will become the club's Official Main Sponsor from the start of the 2020/2021 season.The iconic Emirates

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