Poll claims most people oppose rail privatisation

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As reported by Rail News, a poll commissioned by campaign group We Own It has found that only 29 per cent of people surveyed thought that more competition would result in improvements. The poll also found that 51 per cent believe the railways would be better value for money if they were publicly owned. Furthermore,…

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Manchester and Liverpool Mayors call for termination of Northern rail franchise

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The Mayors of Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region have called on the Transport Secretary to terminate Northern’s rail franchise as soon as possible citing failure to operate Sunday services, introduce new trains or deliver new services. The Mayors stated a key reason was the failure to deliver a significant and sustained improvement in performance…

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Study finds link between pollution and anxiety

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As reported by Air Quality study has found a link between air pollution and anxiety in children. The study found that children who had been exposed to higher levels of transport-related air pollution there were ‘significant’ increases of myo-inositol (of which high levels can indicate stress or anxiety) in the brain due to inflammation, which…

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London Bridge station installs contactless donation point to help tackle homelessness

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Network Rail and TAP London, a non-profit organisation which support a coalition of homeless charities, have installed the railway’s first contactless donation point in London Bridge station to help tackle the rise of homelessness in London. According to research, London accounts for a quarter of the UK’s homeless population and around 170,000 people are officially…

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Stagecoach plans bus orders worth £80million

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As reported by the BBC, Stagecoach has announced plans to order 351 more environmentally friendly buses and coaches to go into service this year. The new buses have come at a cost of more than £80million. They will be introduced on Stagecoach’s regional networks in England, Scotland and Wales, as well as its megabus.com routes…

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Transport Committee calls for a national bus strategy

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The Transport Committee has published a report on bus services in England outside of London which finds that a lack of co-ordinated Government policy and lack of funding for local authorities is causing the bus market to decline. The report finds that although bus use has fallen in most parts of England, buses remain the…

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HS2 reaches 9,000 jobs

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HS2 Ltd has confirmed that work on the new high speed railway is supporting 9,000 jobs around the country across 250 work sites. The development estimates that over 30,000 jobs will be supported by the programme at peak construction. HS2 Ltd also reported that over 320 of the 2,000 expected apprentices have already started and…

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First direct train from North Wales to Liverpool in 40 years

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ITV has reported that the Halton Curve line has re-opened which connects Liverpool and North Wales. The first service from Wrexham ran this morning and is operated by Transport for Wales. The direct route has been inactive for over 40 years and it is expected that the new service will remove the need for 170,000…

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