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Transport for London fears wider travel changes dragging on passenger numbers as it faces near £1bn deficit

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  • Carillion: accountants accused of 'feasting' on companyDetails of ¬£72m in fees in 10 years emerge as 11,800 workers await fate after firm‚Äôs collapseMPs have accused the ‚Äúbig four‚ÄĚ accountancy firms of ‚Äúfeasting on what was soon to become a carcass‚ÄĚ as it emerged they banked ¬£72m for work linked to collapsed government contractor Carillion in the years leading up to its financial failure.Less than a fortnight before Carillion‚Äôs auditor KPMG is due to face questions from MPs on two select committees, the accountant and rivals Deloitte, EY and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) submitted evidence to the inquiry. Continue reading...

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  • RSSB: Innovative sander configuration could reduce low adhesion delaysDouble variable rate sanders could combat leaves on the line, according to new research by the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB). Sanders are already routinely used to reduce the impact of low adhesion by blasting sand between the wheel and the rail. Last year, rail services across Britain...
  • Council approves construction of new rail freight terminal at CricklewoodConstruction of a modern rail freight terminal at Cricklewood has been approved to support the £4.5bn Brent Cross housing regeneration. The terminal will be built on existing rail land at Cricklewood, north London. Without the terminal, the Campaign for Better Transport argues that a...
  • Eurostar commits to green power by 2030Eurostar has this week confirmed its commitment to have complete replacements for fossil fuels within the next 12 years. In the company’s ‘Tread Lightly 10-point plan,’ it set out a range of promises which it would be working towards, including completely replacing all vehicles...
  • Diesel-only trains should be phased out by 2040, says rail ministerRail minister Jo Johnson will today announce ambitions to end the use of diesel-only trains by 2040. Transport minister Johnson will say: “I would like to see us take all diesel-only trains off the track by 2040, if that seems like an ambitious goal, it should be and I make no apology for...
  • Passengers want technology to create 'personalised experience' on HS2 trains The technology used for HS2 should serve a purpose and not appear “gimmicky,” passengers have this week told the industry. New research by passenger watchdog Transport Focus revealed findings uncovered through its partnership with HS2, which has been set up to explore how the...
  • New GWR Class 802 IETs leave Italy bound for Devon and CornwallThe first of a new fleet of Intercity Express Trains set to run on GWR routes in Devon and Cornwall have been completed in Italy. Hitachi will send the initial two bi-mode Class 802s across Europe and through the channel tunnel to join three other prototypes in the south west of England for...
  • Inquiry launched into third East Coast franchise failure in 10 yearsThe transport committee has today officially launched its inquiry into the “imminent failure” of the Intercity East Coast rail franchise. This will be the third collapse of a commercial franchise agreement on this part of the railway in just over 10 years. The last time a commercial...

  • MPs launch second probe into East Coast collapse Politicians at Westminster have launched their own investigation into the crisis at the Virgin Trains East Coast franchise. The new inquiry by the House of Commons Transport Committee comes hard on the heels of a separate examination by the National Audit Office, which was announced at the end of January. Transport secretary Chris Grayling told the Transport Committee on 5 February that Virgin Trains East Coast was likely to fail within ėa very small number of monthsô. Committee chair Lilian Greenwood said: úThis failure has drawn criticism from all corners. There are serious questions to be ...

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