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  • Every week brings a fresh HS2 scandal. It’s time to shut it down “ all of it | Simon JenkinsIn an astonishing white paper, Rishi Sunak rips into the project he once lavishly funded. But he doesn’t t go far enough. The most astonishing government document I have ever read sits on my desk. It is called Network North: Transforming British Transport and it purports to explain why Rishi Sunak cancelled half the HS2 project last month. In fact, it does not explain anything. It is an angry rant, tearing the entire HS2 project to bits: ridiculing, smashing and intellectually humiliating it.The white paper is apparently an announcement of new transport projects in the north and elsewhere, perhaps...

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  • Alstom set to end train production in Derby Alstom has warned Derby City Council that it intends to end the building of trains in the city. The news follows fears that more than 1300 workers, or two-thirds of the employees, were set to lose their jobs because of a lack of new orders. It has now emerged that Alstom is planning to go further by ceasing to build rolling stock at Litchurch Lane, bringing to an end a tradition in Derby which goes back to 1840. The decision raises a question mark over where Alstom will now play its part in building trains for HS2, in conjunction with Hitachi.

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  • Buses in Wales head in a new direction  Progressive and coherent in its approach to transport policy, the Welsh Government has plans to transform public transport   Revamped:The Snowdon Sherpa network   As you've probably noticed, it's all happening in Wales. Of the four nations of the UK, Wales is taking by far the most progressive and coherent approach to transport. Making pretty speeches about climate is easy. Taking bold action at scale is what real leadership looks like. So when you hear transport organisations talk green it's always good to check the annex of their documents to find out what they are actually ...
  • Rail industry baffled by sluggish reform plansRail Reform Bill, aimed at legislating rail reforms, was included in last week's King's Speech but concerns linger about the pace of the process     The recent King's Speech has drawn attention to industry frustration with the sluggish implementation of rail reform and the implementation of the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail. While the Rail Reform Bill, aimed at legislating rail reforms and creating Great British Railways, was confirmed to be in progress, concerns linger about the pace of the process. In particular it seems unlikely that the legislation will get anywhere before the ne...
  • Sussex train services face disruption due to Aslef strikesTrain drivers across Sussex are to stage two days of strike action and a nine-day ban on overtime next month in an ongoing dispute over pay
  • Surrey's pothole-plagued roads targeted by massive funding injectionCommon vehicle problems caused by potholes include damaged shock absorbers, broken suspension springs and distorted wheels.

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