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  • John Hayes resigns as Minister for Transport The Rt Hon John Hayes has left his post as Minister for Transport during Prime Minister Theresa May’s Cabinet Reshuffle. Mr Hayes has been a member of parliament for 20 years and has been a Government minister since 2010. He was Minister of State at the Department for Transport from 15 July 2016 to 9 January 2018.  Mr Hayes is replaced at Transport by Jo Johnson.
  • Fowler Welch plans for the future with £2 miliion investmentLeading supply chain expert Fowler Welch has completed a £2 million investment programme to develop its major temperature controlled depot in Spalding. The substantial investment includes refurbishment of two stores in the site, the conversion of a derelict brownfield site into an 8,800m² hard standing to park up to 100 trailers, a car park extension and staff welfare facility.  Works are already underway and full completion of all development is scheduled for Spring 2018. The refurbishment of the warehouse includes the extension of racking and consolidation capacity with new ...

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  • GTR providing 'worst performance on the network'Govia Thameslink Railway has been panned by the National Audit Office (NAO) after a review found it offered the “worst performance on the network” and had not delivered value for money. The struggling franchise, which represents Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern services, as...
  • SWR and NR answer to passenger watchdog over poor performanceSouth Western Railway (SWR) and Network Rail (NR) bosses were brought in front of the national passenger watchdog this week, following poor performance and disruption across the network. Transport Focus called the meeting to allow both organisations a chance to account for the problems and...
  • Overground between Gospel Oak and Barking to reopen after 'once in a generation upgrade'London Overground services are set to return between Gospel Oak and Barking next week following the installation of new overhead electric lines. Opening on Monday 15 January, the work will allow new electric trains to be introduced on the line, in what Network Rail is calling a “once in a...

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  • Thameslink Programme ˜not yet value for money™ A new report says the Govia Thameslink Railway franchise has not yet delivered value for money, partly because the Department for Transport did not take enough care to consider passengers when designing the franchise. However, the franchise has a realistic chance of succeeding in the longer term, according to the National Audit Office.

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