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East Coast line to be put into public control

Rail services on East Coast Main Line to be brought back under UK government control, Stagecoach Group says

Carillion board oversaw a 'rotten corporate culture', say MPs

MPs have accused former directors, auditors and the government of failing to stop Carillion's collapse.

London considering car-free days in bid to tackle air pollution

City Hall sources say mayor is hoping to introduce separate car-free days in each borough this year, with ‘more ambitious plans’ for 2019

Chris Grayling is expected to decide the fate of the beleaguered East Coast franchise in days

The prospect of a state-run East Coast rail line is back on the cards with the government expected to announce the fate of the failed franchise within a matter of days.

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  • 'Recklessness, hubris and greed' – Carillion slammed by MPsCarillion collapsed as a result of “recklessness, hubris and greed” among directors who put their own financial rewards ahead of all other concerns, according to an excoriating report into the firm’s demise that spreads the blame between board members, the government, accountants and regulators.

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  • Digital Railway strategy sets out major upgrade targets for next 15 years  Transport secretary Chris Grayling and Network Rail boss Mark Carne will today convene in York to launch the much-anticipated Digital Railway Strategy, which will confirm that the industry will benefit from “a plan, impetus and the funding” to introduce the technology across...
  • Grayling due to pull the plug on East Coast franchise this weekChris Grayling is due to scrap the East Coast franchise before the end of the week after operators Stagecoach and Virgin suffered heavy losses, it has been reported. Two sources told the Financial Times that the DfT is set to pull the plug on the failing franchise this week, a move which would...
  • Edinburgh to Glasgow rail upgrade cost rises by over £100mPlans to upgrade one of Scotland’s most popular rail routes have increased in cost by more than £100m. Reports today say that improvements to the Edinburgh to Glasgow line — a move that would make the journey just 42 minutes between the cities — are now expected to cost...
  • NR found guilty of safety failure after signaller breaks neck Network Rail has been found guilty of an offence under the Health and Safety Work Act following a level crossing accident. Signaller, Douglas Caddell, suffered life-changing injuries after he was struck by a car as he tried to close the level crossing gate at East Farleigh, Kent, on 24 April...
  • Line manager training could reduce mental health absencesPoor line management training and support could be causing poorer mental health amongst rail staff, according to the Rail Safety and Stands Board (RSSB), as Mental Health Awareness Week kicks off. The Centre for Mental Health estimates that a total of 72 million working days are lost each year...
  • Make way for the D-Train Adrian Shooter, chairman of Vivarail and former chairman of Chiltern Railways, provides an exclusive update on D-Train technology and talks about what’s in store for the rest of the year. When the ministerial announcement that all diesel trains were to be phased out by 2040 came, one...
  • NR awards five-year £200m civils deal to SSEA five-year building and civils contract has been awarded to SSE Enterprise Rail for a programme of works by Network Rail. The work covers mechanical and electrical engineering services, building and fabric works and has a potential value of over £200m. The work will be completed in...
  • Timetabling: badly let downPassengers have been left extremely disadvantaged by a lack of certainty around timetable changes, writes David Sidebottom, director at Transport Focus. Massive and welcome investment in the railway will bring benefits for many passengers – but future benefits can be overshadowed when...
  • Alstom and Eversholt team up to fit hydrogen tanks on Class 321sAlstom has today confirmed its plans to bring hydrogen-powered trains to the UK by announcing a partnership with Eversholt Rail. The two companies will join forces to convert Class 321 electric trains to hydrogen operation by fitting hydrogen tanks and fuel cells on the existing units, which...

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