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  • Chinese firm MTR to help operate UK's South West trains franchiseThe Hong Kong state-owned metro operator MTR and FirstGroup are to take over the running of South West Trains, one of the Britain’s biggest commuter networks, in a seven-year deal that trade unions denounced for handing another franchise to a state-controlled foreign operator.
  • Too many cyclists are injured and killed on UK’s roadsYour correspondent (Letters, 25 March) says 50 cyclists are killed or seriously injured every year in the UK when the actual figure is over 3,300. Having diminished the tragedy faced by thousands of people, he uses the opportunity to condemn cyclists’ behaviour, judge people’s choice of cycle model and accuse them of feeling “entitled to the road”.

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  • First MTR South Western Trains Limited wins South Western franchiseFirst MTR South Western Trains Limited will use the experience of one of its major shareholders MTR, who operate the busy Hong Kong metro, to deliver smooth and rapid journeys for passengers travelling around London’s suburban network. Faster journeys will be delivered through a consistent fleet of new suburban trains offering a regular, metro-style service. Passengers can look forward to more space, ensuring that the railway can support London’s growth. Passengers travelling across the South Western network will also benefit from more space and faster rail services as the new seve...

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  • First MTR joint venture awarded South Western franchise First MTR South Western Trains Limited (First MTR) has been awarded the new South Western franchise by the government, which will see the introduction of 750 new train carriages to the network by 2020. Pending the successful completion of a 10-day standstill period, the 70:30 joint venture will...
  • Southern completes Class 377 modifications for extreme winter weatherSouthern’s Class 377 fleet has been given a major upgrade to make it more resilient to frost and snowy weather this winter. Engineers have finished work upgrading the 1.5-tonne line inductors that sit beneath the 377s, which smooth out spikes from the electric third rail current to protect...
  • Almost 1.5 million eTickets sold six months after introduction Newly released figures of eTicket sales have shown that over one million have been sold since the modern system was first implemented last year. The eTicket scheme, which was first offered to customers by Virgin Trains West Coast in August 2016, in partnership with Trainline, allows passengers...

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  • First, MTR beat Stagecoach to win South West Trains The South West Trains franchise has been won by a consortium of FirstGroup and MTR. The new contract will start on 20 August and run for �at least� seven years, and in that time premiums worth a total of �2.6 billion at present values will be paid to the government. The decision by the Department for Transport ends more than 20 years of control by Stagecoach Group, which ran the first franchised train in Britain early on 4 February 1996. Stagecoach Group said it was �disappointed� to have lost the bid, although it had failed to come to terms with the DfT over the details of a Direct Award whi...

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