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  • Arriva promises faster rail journeys as it retains Cross Country contractDepartment for Transport says there will be 39,000 more seats and greater reliability, with £20m to be spent on upgrading trains
  • Stagecoach slides on worries about rail and bus slowdownA disappointing trading update from transport group Stagecoach has seen its shares go into reverse.
  • China to build world's deepest high-speed rail station under Great WallThe station at Badaling 80km from Beijing will link the capital to the host city of the 2022 Winter Olympics
  • Barrister disbarred for dodging train faresFor two years Peter Barnett avoided paying thousands of pounds in railway fares on journeys between Oxfordshire and LondonAn Oxfordshire-based barrister has been disbarred after dodging thousands of pounds in railway fares, following a hearing at the Bar Standards Board. Peter Barnett, 45, avoided paying the correct fare for two years from 2012 by claiming he commuted into central London from Wembley in north-west London instead of his home in Thame, Oxfordshire. Continue reading...
  • Plane rage: airlines report 17% rise in anti-social behaviourAlcohol or drug intoxication, increased security and reduced distance between seats blamed for sharp increase in bad behaviour in the skies in 2015Reports of unruly passengers disrupting airline flights have risen almost 17% worldwide in 2015, with incidents such as passengers being verbally abusive or refusing to obey cabin crew occurring on one out of every 1,205 flights, according to the international trade association for airlines. Some 10,854 plane rage incidents were reported to the International Air Transport Association by airlines in 2015 , up from 9,316 incidents in 2014, IATA said. ...

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  • Retail sales at NR stations increase by 4.14% in Q1Retail activity at Network Rail-owned stations has increased above the market standard in the first quarter of 2016-17. The infrastructure owner released new figures showing that like-for-like sales increased by 4.14% between April and June, compared to a 0.5% increase across the whole of the...
  • South West Trains opens first video customer contact centreSouth West Trains passengers will be able to seek support in buying tickets via video screens at the first specialised customer contact centre in the UK, officially opened at Basingstoke today. The centre is linked to video ticket machines, which have been installed at 91 stations since...
  • Crossrail and HS2 part of 'great opportunity', Japanese investors toldTransport secretary Chris Grayling has promised the government’s continued support for HS2 and Crossrail during a trade tour to Japan. Grayling attended the G7 Transport Ministers’ Summit in Karuizawa, Nagano on September 23-25, and also visited Tokyo to meet the city’s...

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