Wales rail franchise ‘expected to have more staff’

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Trains could have more staff under the next rail franchise, the first minster has announced. Carwyn Jones said it was part of a series of commitments made by the Welsh Government for the Wales and Borders Rail Service. It comes as Economy Secretary Ken Skates confirmed final tenders had been invited for the service. That…

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Northern to cancel more than 50% of trains on strike days

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Staff at the BBC have reported that more than 50% of Northern Rail services will have to be cancelled because of planned strike action next month. Members of the RMT union are due to walk out on 3 and 5 October in a long-running dispute over the role of guards and driver-only trains. The company,…

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Bus drivers in Liverpool vote for industrial action

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Alistair Houghton has reported that Bus drivers in Merseyside could go out on strike in a row over pay. Driver and engineers at Stagecoach’s Gillmoss depot have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action. And drivers and engineers at Arriva in the North West are also being polled over industrial action after they rejected a…

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Ageing transport systems threaten growth

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Gary Silverman has reported that US cities risk “choking off growth” unless trillions of dollars in investments are made to bring urban transportation systems into the 21st century, one of the architects of New York City’s post-9/11 economic recovery has warned. Hopes for significant new investments in transportation systems in the US have been fuelled…

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Energy firms battle startups to provide power for Europe’s electric cars

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Christoph Stietz has reported that millions of public points could be needed in Western Europe by 2030. The report states that the battle over how and where Europeans charge their electric cars is expanding from the continent’s cities to its motorways. It claims that power utilities, tech startups and oil firms are fighting to establish…

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VW, BMW and Fiat face big fines over CO2 targets

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Peter Campbell has reported that some of the world’s biggest carmakers are heading for fines in excess of €1bn as they fail to hit legally mandated CO2 targets in 2021. A report by PA consulting states that in total, seven out of 11 carmakers are on course to miss the target. Only Volvo, Toyota, the…

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Uber stripped of London licence due to lack of corporate responsibility

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Sarah Butler has reported that Uber’s application for a new licence in London has been rejected on the basis that the company is not a “fit and proper” private care operator. Uber said it planned to challenge the ruling by London’s transport authority in the courts immediately. The current licence expires on 30 September but…

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Southern Rail dispute nears its end as deal ‘being finalised’

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Dick Murray has reported that an end to the 18 month long Southern Rail dispute – the longest in railway history, appeared close today as union barons said they were “finalising” an agreement. Aslef, the train drivers’ union, stated that further discussion had taken place with GTR – Southern’s parent company – and “significant progress…

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£5m set aside for Transpennine digital railway development

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ITV News has reported that inter-city trains between Manchester and York could be the first in Britain to be digitally controlled. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has allocated £5 million of funding to Network Rail to develop plans for installing digital signalling on the line between Manchester and York in a bid to increase capacity and…

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