Private firms to take over rail maintenance work of Network Rail

Transport minister Chris Grayling believes using Virgin, Southern and other private firms will lead to savings, sources saySole control of Britain’s rail infrastructure is to be taken out of the hands of the state-owned Network Rail and shared with private rail firms under government plans to be announced next week, it has been reported.The move, which would represent one of the biggest changes to the running of the British rail network in recent years, would see track maintenance undertaken by Virgin, Southern, ScotRail and other operators for the first time. Related: Plans for ‘simpler, more modern’ UK train fare system to be announced Continue reading…
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Rail fare price rises driven by hikes on Virgin Trains East Coast

Ticket prices on line that was reprivatised last year will go up by 4.9% next year, compared to average 2.3% across UKThe 2.3% average UK rail fare rises for 2017 are being driven by much higher increases on the reprivatised Virgin Trains East Coast, where ticket prices set by the operator will far outstrip the rate of inflation.While regulated fares such as season tickets and off-peak returns, which are set by the government, are to increase by 1.9%, fares on Virgin Trains East Coast will increase by 4.9% overall. Continue reading…
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Richmond Park by-election sends message from London to the UK

The Liberal Democrats’ byelection triumph is a local reassertion of the capital’s social values in all their difference from much of the rest of BritainA bizarre suburban byelection has been rescued from meaninglessness by 20,510 Richmond Park electors who have put Liberal Democrat Sarah Olney into the House of Commons and given erstwhile Tory pin-up boy Zac Goldsmith an almighty boot in the Brexits. The billionaire’s son who was once the environmentalist facelift of David Cameron’s rebranded Conservatives and who began the year with hopes of becoming London mayor will end it twitted, tarnished and politically unemployed. Everything about the contest was unreal. Goldsmith resigned as the affluent, Thames-side seat’s Conservative MP in protest at the Conservative government’s decision to expand capacity at Heathrow airport despite regretting having promised to do so when initially winning the seat in 2010. The party he has formally left in order to see that…
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2017 Shortlist

Rail Technology Magazine – We would like to congratulate all our finalists on getting to this stage mp;ndash; the standard of entries has been higher than ever. Finalists wishing to book their tables can do so by clicking heremp;nbsp;or contacting a member of the team on:mp;nbsp;0161 833 6320 Apprenticeship Development Scheme Alstom Transport UK mp;ndash; National Apprentices…
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New Cardiff Central station platform to open in New Year

Rail Technology Magazine – A new platform at Cardiff Central station, designed to help ease congestion, will be unveiled in the New Year as part of Network Railmp;rsquo;s delayed railway upgrade in south Wales.mp;nbsp; The brand new platform 8 will come into use on Tuesday 3 January 2017 and is part of the delayed mp;pound;300m…
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Vivarail trial start date delayed from October to February

Rail Technology Magazine – The Vivarail Class 230 train will now not begin its trial runs on the Coventry to Nuneaton (NUCKLE) line until next February because of problems with the approval process. The innovative three-car D Train is built from upcycled bodyshells and bogies from London Underground rolling stock, and…
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