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Saturday, 17 October 2020

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  • Protester HS2 wanted jailed gets suspended sentenceElliott Cuciurean’s case is seen as important ruling about right to protest An environmental protester who HS2 asked to be imprisoned has was given a suspended sentence in a landmark case about the right to protest.Elliott Cuciurean, who is described by fellow environmental activists as a “conscientious protector”, was accused by the high-speed rail company of repeatedly breaching an injunction not to trespass on an HS2 site at Crackley Woods in Warwickshire. Continue reading...

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  • DfT awards new contract to Arriva CrossCountry The Department for Transport has awarded a three year contract to Arriva to continue running CrossCountry until October 2023. The new deal will not include significant commercial risk for Arriva, because the terms of the contract are those which apply to the new Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements, with the DfT paying the costs and collecting the revenue. Arriva will be paid a ˜performance-linked™ fee. The RMT has greeted the news by calling for full renationalisation.
  • TfL emergency funding extended by two weeks Talks between Transport for London and the Government have resulted in an additional two weeks of emergency funding, which will take TfL to the end of October.

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  • Nexus Metro staff transfer to Stadler Swiss trainbuilder Stadler has taken over the employment of 120 Nexus staff responsible for servicing and maintaining the Tyne and Wear Metro fleet. Stadler is responsible for maintaining the fleet as part of its contract to build 42 new trains for the Metro, which are scheduled to replace the existing fleet from 2023
  • SLC Rail granted a licence to run trainsRail consultant SLC has been awarded a non-passenger train licence by the Office of Rail and Road.
  • Edinburgh’s tram firm wary of merger with bus companyEdinburgh’s council-owned tram company has voiced concerns about a plan to merge it with bus operator Lothian Buses.
  • Dire consequences if Crossrail Ł1.1bn hole not filled, says TfLTransport for London has warned of dire consequences for the Crossrail project if an agreement with Government is not reached soon for an additional Ł1.1bn needed to complete the project.
  • Ramsden joins Crossrail from MHCLGHelen Ramsden has been appointed head of programme controls at Crossrail Ltd, joining from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government where she was deputy director for planning and performance.

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