A HIGH-speed rail route from London should not end at Manchester as billions of pounds will need to be spent upgrading the network into Scotland anyway, Transport Minister Keith Brown has claimed.
Public transport chief Geoff Inskip has urged the government to invest millions of pounds into tram-trains. Mr Inskip called on the Department for Transport to set aside £100 million a year from the savings identified in the McNulty Report into improving efficiency in Britains rail industry to develop tram-train networks across the country. Tram-train is [...]
Tuesday, 03 July 2012
- Bus is named after blind runnerA bus is named after West Midlands marathon runner Dave Heeley, who has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity.
- Tram recruitment gets under wayThe recruitment drive for front-line staff for Edinburgh Trams is getting under way.
- Line still shut after derailmentThe West Highland rail line is to remain closed until next week as engineers work to recover a derailed freight train.
- New name for canal network bodyBritish Waterways Scotland is to become known as Scottish Canals, with ministers given more control over the country's canal network.
- VIDEO: £1.2bn lost in rail 'fragmentation'Labour's shadow transport secretary said rail passengers were being
- Heathrow route safe, says WalshBritish Airways has no intention of scrapping the route from Belfast to London Heathrow, says the chief executive of its parent company Willie Walsh.
- Five jailed over rail track theftA Manchester man is one of five jailed for stealing rail track worth up to £1.5m in order to sell it for scrap metal.
- Talks to avert Games bus strikesTalks aimed at stopping fresh strikes by London bus workers in a row over Olympic bonuses are held at Acas.
- Talks to avert Games bus strikesTalks aimed at stopping fresh strikes by London bus workers in a row over Olympic bonuses are held at Acas.
- Heathrow queues 'still too long'Immigration queues at Heathrow are
- Canal restrictions near 2012 parkA 15-mile restriction zone is put in place to control moorings on and access to canals around the Olympic Park during the Games.
- Airbus launches first US factoryEuropean plane manufacturer Airbus has confirmed plans to build a $600m (£483m) factory in Alabama, marking its first facility on US soil
- Airbus confirms plans for first US factoryEuropean aircraft maker ramps up competition with Boeing as it unveils a new $600m facility in Alabama that also signals a revival of US manufacturing
- Transport in Leeds and Manchester gets that London feeling Both northern cities have today revealed moves that show some of the lessons learned in capital - Manchester is thinking Oyster while Leeds wants to take on the buses
- Motorway speed limits could vary across the UKMotorists in Scotland face being told to drive slower than in other parts of the UK as part of a raft of new powers being transferred from Westminster to Holyrood tomorrow.
- Serious defects found in school trip busesNINE buses that were used to take school pupils to a safari park were taken off the road after police found serious mechanical defects on the vehicles.
- Boris has interest in new train plans for ScotlandBORIS Johnson has become the latest high-profile politician to express interest in the Scottish Government's aim to extend a high speed rail network north of the Border.
- Double-spend warning over high-speed rail linkA HIGH-speed rail route from London should not end at Manchester as billions of pounds will need to be spent upgrading the network into Scotland anyway, Transport Minister Keith Brown has claimed.
- Heathrow immigration queues are 'unacceptably long'Airport operator BAA today said recent immigration queues at Heathrow were unacceptably long.Related StoriesPolice officer insists he could not remember any injury to Sean Rigg despite CCTV footageHundreds of police stations to close in cutbacksEast London worse off than before Olympic bidHow to spend it like the Queen? Try a £1m asbestos billWeston pulls out of police election
- Londoners prepare for transport disruptionLONDON (Reuters) - When Londoners wake on Monday they will see the latest sign of the Olympics impacting their lives, and probably the most annoying.
- Raising limit to 80mph too dangerous, says HillFormer world champion racing driver Damon Hill has spoken out against the UK governments proposals to increase the motorway speed limit to 80mph.
- Police swoop on defective busesNine buses that were being used to take school pupils to Blair Drummond safari park, near Stirling, were taken off the road after a police operation found serious mechanical defects on the vehicles.
- Employees jailed over £1.5m theft of rail trackFive railway industry workers have been jailed for their parts in the theft of track and other materials worth up to £1.5 million.
- Two men suspected of trying to hijack a flight in China were beaten to death by passengersThe Uighur men were part of a six-strong gang, aged 20 to 36, who managed to smuggle suspected explosives on board a Tianjin Airlines flight before trying to break into the cockpit (file picture).
- Scrap metal scammers: Rogue rail contractors jailed for stealing £1.5m worth of track and sleepersShocked British Transport Police detectives said it was one of the biggest ever thefts from the UK rail network
- NORTH EAST RAIL REPAIR COMPLETE
- 200 MORE APPRENTICES GET TO WORK
- LONDON RAIL APPRENTICES GET TO WORK
- HITCHIN FLYOVER FLOWN IN30-tonne main span of Hitchin flyover lifted into place overnight
- RAIL APPRENTICE GETS TO WORK IN BRIGHTON
- DERAILMENT RECOVERY WORKS CONTINUE ON WEST HIGHLAND LINE
- Virgin Trains staff threaten Olympics strike over manager sackingMIDLAND rail travellers to the Olympics could face strike action after a junior manager in Birmingham was sacked for alleged poor timekeeping.
- New freight service barges up the Manchester Ship Canal THE Manchester Ship Canal is getting a little bit of Monica in its life as a new coaster of that name expands container services along the waterway.
London Evening Standard
- Rail company defies strike threat and says NO to Olympics bonusA major commuter rail company today defied RMT union strike threats and has flatly refused to pay staff a separate Olympic bonus.
- London 2012 Olympics: First express 'Zil' lane for Games VIPs appears in LondonLondon has its first Zil lane the stretches of road reserved for official Olympic vehicles.
- BAA hits out at immigration queuesAirport operator BAA has said recent immigration queues at Heathrow were "unacceptably" long.
Manchester Evening News
- Oyster cards on the way at last for Greater Manchester trains, trams and busesGreater Manchester is a step closer to getting its own version of the London Oyster card after securing a £32.5m grant. The cash is from a government fund promoting sustainable travel which makes it easier for people to use public transport.
- We are not standing for it: Train passengers blast overcrowding and delays Commuters standing up on packed trains have told the M.E.N: We really are miserable. It comes after a survey by transport campaigners said the regions rail passengers were the most fed up in the country.
- Railway workers jailed for stealing £1.5m worth of track to sell for scrapFive rail workers were jailed for their roles in stealing track and other materials worth up to £1.5million. The workers stole rail track worth £1.5m (Picture: PA) The group took part in industrial scale thefts from Network Rail, diverting lorry loads of used rails to unauthorised scrapyards. They targeted projects including an upgrade of the West Coast main line in the Rugby area and Manchester Metrolink. The offences first came to light when 208 tonnes of rail was found to have been removed. Det Sgt Chris Hearn said rail users were deprived of valuable finance that could have gone towa...
- £350,000 boon for Stamfords pedestrians and cyclistsPedestrians and cyclists in Stamford are set to benefit from a £350,000 spend as a part of a scheme designed to encourage motorists to use alternative forms of transports.
Other Regional Press
- Dundee railway station plans submitted Dundee's plans for a new railway station are picking up steam with the lodging of a planning application for the £14 million project.
- Smartphone technology plans for Crewe transport SUSTAINABLE transport projects in Crewe will be boosted by a £3.5 million Government handout.
- Cllr Liam Robinson, a station manager at Lime Street Station, has been voted in as the new chairman of Merseytravel THE new head of the regions transport authority has been appointed after the controversial departure of its former leader. Cllr Mark Dowd came under sustained pressure when eight of the 16 ruling Labour group on the Merseytravel board demanded his resignation.
- Airport decision 'on track for next year'Transport bosses say they hope a decision on whether to build a new airport in the Thames estuary WILL be made by next year.
- Views on Dorset transport sought RESIDENTS are being asked for their views on Dorsets highways and transport services.
- Mums raise stakes in school bus rowA group of mothers who have been campaigning for a school bus to be reinstated to their village were visited by a Whitehall representative on Friday in a bid to change national legislation.
- A1 roundabout solutions offeredFollowing a report two weeks ago concerning proposals for a new larger roundabout at the Black Cat junction of the A421 and A1 in?Chawston, Bedfordshire on?Sunday has received a number of suggestions for
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- Commuters 'want support from employers'The daily commute to work can prove dangerous and stressful for many British workers, who feel their employer should have a role to play in alleviating this situation, according to a new survey.Almost a quarter of people have been in an accident on their way to work, with almost a third narrowly avoiding a crash, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) found.Furthermore, 98 per cent of respondents claimed they are often exposed to negligent drivers on their journey.This issue means 45 per cent of people would welcome employer support to improve their driving skills, while 27 per cent feel fu...
Global Rail News
- Transport chief calls for tram-train investmentPublic transport chief Geoff Inskip has urged the government to invest millions of pounds into tram-trains. Mr Inskip called on the Department for Transport to set aside £100 million a year from the savings identified in the McNulty Report into improving efficiency in Britains rail industry to develop tram-train networks across the country. Tram-train is [...]
- Bombardier to supply 39 additional Berlin tramsThe Berlin Transport Authority (BVG) has ordered another 39 Flexity trams from Bombardier Transportation as part of an order worth around 134 million euros. The new low-floor trams are part of an original agreement for 206 vehicles, which was signed in 2006. The total number of Flexity Berlin trams ordered now stands at 142. Klaus-Dietrich [...]
- Interfleet graduates win IMechE Railway ChallengeThe first locomotive to be built at Derby Locomotive Works for 35 years, albeit one of 10 ¼ gauge, yesterday won the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) first Railway Challenge competition. The locomotive was manufactured at the Roundhouse in Derby by a team of Interfleet graduate engineers. Competitors from Manchester Metropolitan University, Birmingham University and [...]
- Boris Johnson submits suburban rail takeover planBoris Johnson has submitted proposals to take over London’s suburban rail services. Mayoral control would simplify ticketing, create a more frequent, reliable service and save £100 million over 20 years, according to Mr Johnson. The mayor’s request to take responsibility for running services currently operated by Greater Anglia and Southeastern has been submitted to the [...]
- Operator to run extra trains for Hampton Court Flower ShowSouth West Trains has announced it will run extra services to and from the Hampton Court Flower Show. Next week thousands of keen gardeners from across the globe are expected to travel to Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, where the world-famous flower show will take place from July 3-8. South West Trains has announced it will [...]
- Rail welcome for Olympic torchRailway staff played a lead role in carrying the Olympic torch around Britain. FirstGroups Engineering Director, Clive Burrows, carried the Olympic torch in Chippenham, Wiltshire. ‘To be involved in such an important and historic event was an honour and a privilege. The occasion was magnificent and one that I will savour and reflect upon with [...]
- Olympic stations receive £16 million investmentTrain stations in London and the South West have shared £16 million of additional funding ahead of this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games. Stations benefiting from the financial boost include Wimbledon, which will cater for visitors to the Olympic tennis tournament at the All England Club, and Weymouth, which will be the venue for the [...]
- Hitchin flyover marks main span milestoneThe 30 tonne main span of the new Hitchin flyover has been lifted into place, marking a major milestone in the project’s construction. The section was hoisted into position by a 120 tonne crane early on Sunday morning (July 1). The Hitchin flyover will see trains for the line to Cambridge and Ely leave the [...]
- Flying highNetwork Rails annual Partnership Awards moved out of London again this year, to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, just south of Cambridge. The evening gave Network Rail the opportunity to thank its partners and suppliers for all their hard work over the previous year, and to recognise those projects which had gone particularly well. [...]
- London TravelWatch recommends radical changes to fares and ticketing structureLondon TravelWatch has responded to the Department for Transports (DfT) consultation on fares and ticketing. The passenger watchdog for transport users in and around London strongly agrees with the need for firmer regulation and clarity for passengers on ticketing options and is making a series of radical proposals for changes to the ticketing structure to make the options clearer for passengers and provide a more flexible approach to peak time pricing.
- London TravelWatch welcomes new Emirates Airline and plans for Silvertown tunnel under the ThamesLondon TravelWatch has welcomed the new Emirates Airline which opened yesterday and this weeks Government announcement that it is backing the Silvertown tunnel, bringing its construction a step closer.
- MPs demand study on APD's economic impactBackbenchers launch motion expressing concern over UKs aviation tax
- Profit warning for airlines despite oil price fallSlowdown in passenger growth does not bode well - IATA
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- RMT begins Olympics payments ballots on three main train services this weekRAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that balloting for strike action and action short of a strike will begin this week on three main train services: * South West Trains * Greater Anglia * First Great Western
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