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Network Rail to get budget boost despite efficiency concerns

Treasury likely to allow spending of more than £40bn, with extra for schemes such as the TransPennine route upgradeNetwork Rail is set to be granted an enhanced budget, likely to be more than £40bn, to run Britain's railway despite the regulator highlighting more concerns over billions lost due to inefficiency. The government will announce later this week how much it is prepared to spend on maintaining and operating Britain's railways for the five years from 2019.

Community Transport inquiry launched

The Transport Committee is launching a new inquiry into the licensing arrangements for community transport minibuses and the broader sustainability of the community transport sector, which provides essential access to transport to many vulnerable and potentially isolated people.

Four Committees relaunch a joint inquiry on air quality

Four Committees team up to scrutinise the Government's plans to reduce the harmful effects of air pollution on public health and the environment.

Upgrades for Northern and Jubilee Lines have been brought to a halt by Transport for London

Planned upgrades for the Northern and Jubilee Lines have been paused by Transport for London (TfL), though train drivers' union Aslef says they will be cancelled entirely.

Buses on concrete rails on the A52? The incredible plan to link Derby to HS2

Guided busways are already used in other parts of the UK and abroad and Trent Barton's managing director says they would be cheaper to install along the A52 than tramlines

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  • The UK's lobbying on Bombardier has been polite  will it play tough? Ministers have achieved nothing with their pleas for Boeing to back down. With 4,000 jobs at risk, they must get decisive soon Two points are clear from business secretary Greg Clark's statement to parliament about Bombardier. First, the government’s lobbying is concentrated on persuading Boeing to withdraw its complaint that the Canadian plane maker, with 4,000 workers in Belfast, has been illegally dumping jets in the US. Continue reading...
  • Network Rail to get budget boost despite efficiency concernsTreasury likely to allow spending of more than £40bn, with extra for schemes such as the TransPennine route upgradeNetwork Rail is set to be granted an enhanced budget, likely to be more than £40bn, to run Britain's railway despite the regulator highlighting more concerns over billions lost due to inefficiency. The government will announce later this week how much it is prepared to spend on maintaining and operating Britain's railways for the five years from 2019.
  • No more platform No 2s: train toilets to stop emptying on to tracksModern fleets and holding-tank facilities will end dumping of raw sewage on to railway linesThe final flush on train toilets that empty their contents directly on to Britain’s tracks will be pulled in 2019, rail bosses and ministers have promised.A combination of new trains and retrofitting old stock with modern, holding-tank toilets will end the dumping of raw sewage on the railways. Continue reading...
  • UK running 200 years behind on rail accessibilityNearly 80% of stations across the UK are not accessible to deaf, disabled and older people, say 55 campaigners, even though the government’s figures show a threefold return on such investment

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  • Community Transport inquiry launchedThe Transport Committee is launching a new inquiry into the licensing arrangements for community transport minibuses and the broader sustainability of the community transport sector, which provides essential access to transport to many vulnerable and potentially isolated people.
  • Four Committees relaunch a joint inquiry on air qualityFour Committees team up to scrutinise the Government's plans to reduce the harmful effects of air pollution on public health and the environment.

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  • SEGRO and Roxhill launch ground-breaking `inland port’SEGRO plc and Roxhill have launched SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway, a 700 acre `inland port’ which combines links to the M1 and East Midlands Airport with a major new rail freight terminal. SEGRO is funding £100 million of infrastructure at East Midlands Gateway including a 50 acre rail terminal and extensive road improvements, designed to give the best possible connectivity to the 10 plots now available to occupiers. A partnership with Highways England and other highways authorities means there will also be £35 million of road improvements associated with East ...

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