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RMT warns of industrial action as review of TfL’s finances will consider ‘alternative operating models’The RMT trade union has accused the government of opening the door to privatising the tube after it was revealed that a review of Transport for London’s finances would consider “alternative operating models”.According to the the terms of reference published on Monday, the review – imposed as part of a £1.6bn Covid-19 bailout package for London – will explore “whether there are any opportunities that alternative operating models could bring over the longer term, including consideration of stru...

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  • Government opening door to privatising London Underground, says unionRMT warns of industrial action as review of TfL’s finances will consider ‘alternative operating models’The RMT trade union has accused the government of opening the door to privatising the tube after it was revealed that a review of Transport for London’s finances would consider “alternative operating models”.According to the the terms of reference published on Monday, the review – imposed as part of a £1.6bn Covid-19 bailout package for London – will explore “whether there are any opportunities that alternative operating models could bring over the longer term, including consideration of stru...
  • UK public transport fears drive more online demand for used carsPandemic accelerates shift to online sales and demand for scooters, mopeds and bikesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageInterest in buying used cars has jumped in recent weeks as people look for alternatives to public transport following government pandemic warnings, according to online marketplaces.The coronavirus pandemic has caused an exodus from public transport in the UK, with signs of people looking for other means of getting around, including scooters, mopeds and bikes, as well as cheaper cars. Continue reading...

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  • Work starts on 32m Kings Dyke rail crossingConstruction officially got underway at the Kings Dyke project this morning (Monday), with a spade-in-the-ground ceremony.
The first spade in the ground was celebrated five months early, as work has now begun on scheme on the A605 between Whittlesey and Peterborough, which was originally due to start by the end of the year.

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  • Go North East commits to improving air quality with further electric bus trials ahead of investmentGo North East, the regions largest bus company, is undertaking a trial of a full electric Optare MetroCity single deck bus on its services around Newcastle and Gateshead, including the Saltwell Park 53 and 54, CityLink 57 and Quaylink Q3. This trial follows on from the companys announcement last year of an investment in nine full electric buses from the worlds largest electric bus manufacturer, Yutong, through its UK agent, Castleford-based Pelican Bus and Coach. The new electric buses, with an investment figure of 2 million, have been supported by top up funding ...
  • Coronavirus: City of London release guidance for managing deliveries and servicingThe City of London Corporation has produced its guidance to help City businessesunderstand the measures that can be taken to minimise theimpact of their deliveries and servicing on the Citys streets. The City of London Corporation has begun delivery of itstransport recovery plan designed to ensure the safety ofresidents, workers and visitors as people return to the SquareMile. Temporary changes are being installed in stages, to providethe space needed to maintain social distancing on our streetsand to enable safe walking, cycling and the m...

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  • Network Rail introduces further safety measures as more passengers return Network Rail are working to reinstate confidence into passengers as more people begin to use the railway again, following Boris Johnston’s announcement on Friday that travel advice is changing with restrictions being lifted. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Network Rail have been...
  • Passengers urged to plan ahead for August Bank Holiday weekend Network Rail are advising passengers to plan ahead if they are travelling by rail over the August Bank Holiday weekend as it makes way for 520 projects to maintain and upgrade the railway for passengers. Whilst the vast majority of the network will be open for business as usual, those planning...
  • Crossrail publishes annual update Today (20 July) a written statement was issued to Parliament illustrating an update on the Crossrail project. Rail Minister, Chris Heaton-Harris began the document stating: “Over the past year, several milestones have been reached on the Crossrail project and work continues despite the new...

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  • Three-day season tickets are being discussed GWR has confirmed reports that more flexible season tickets are being considered. A spokesman told Railnews that outline plans have been sent to the Rail Delivery Group for wider discussions within the industry.
  • New plan for south west railways unveiled Schemes to improve the railway network in the south west of England costing a total of less than 1.2 billion are set out in a plan which has been sent to ministers today. The proposals include reopening the former Southern main line between Exeter, Okehampton and Plymouth, redoubling the Southern route between Salisbury and Exeter and restoring passenger services to Minehead, Padstow and Fowey. A new link would be created across central Cornwall between Newquay, St Austell and Truro, with some trains continuing to Falmouth.

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