UK transport secretary Chris Grayling has set out plans for improved coordination across track renewal and train operations in England. Plans include the creation of East West Rail, the first new integrated rail operation in decades that is separate to Network Rail, and the closer alignment of incentives between the management of infrastructure and the operation of train services.
Arriva UK Trains, part of the major transport group Arriva, has signed a partnership agreement with business travel and events specialist, Capita Travel & Events. CrossCountry Trains, Chiltern Railways and Grand Central form a significant part of the Arriva UK Train’s network group. The new partnership takes a divisional approach which enables these train operating companies to enhance existing relationships with Capita Travel & Events.
UK transport secretary Chris Grayling has confirmed the majority of the preferred HS2 route from Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to Leeds. The government hopes new HS2 trains will carry over 300,000 people a day and triple the number of seats available out of Euston at peak hours.
London Luton Airport has recorded a 18.7 per cent increase in passenger numbers in October compared to the same period last year. Over 1.3 million passengers chose to travel through the airport last month. This high demand reinforces LLA’s call on government to improve rail access to Luton Airport Parkway station.
Eurostar today reported signs of recovery in the trading environment with passenger numbers increasing year-on-year over the last eight weeks. This uplift follows a challenging period in which demand was dampened by the terrorist attack in Nice at the end of July. With the recent fall in sterling, the business also saw an increase in the number of passengers coming from France to the UK during the October half term holidays, with traffic up 18 per cent year-on-year during that period.
Hamad International Airport has announced that its dual Passenger Trains inside the airport terminal will begin operations from tomorrow. The trains were officially inaugurated by Qatar Airways group chief executive Akbar Al Baker and Badr Mohammed Al Meer, chief operating officer of Hamad International Airport, in the presence of dignitaries from the ministry of transport and communications and members of the press.
Network Rail is advising passengers to plan their journeys as early as possible ahead of Christmas. This is ahead of another programme of closures for upgrade work, with up to 200 projects being delivered across Britain over this holiday period. The changes will see Heathrow Express closed for six days over the holiday period.
Great Western Railway is to launch The Welshman today, one of 59 daily train services between Cardiff and London Paddington, to mark the re-opening of the Severn Tunnel. Taking the number of direct daily services from Cardiff to London Paddington back to 29 a day, the 07:28 service from Swansea will be named Y Cymro – The Welshman.
Eurostar services have been suspended following a power failure at the Channel Tunnel. Eurotunnel, which operates freight and car services, has also been forced to cancel services as overhead power problems knocked out supplies. Engineers are investigating what repairs are needed to rectify the problem.
ScotRail has appointed leading creative communications agency, Wire, to handle delivery of its consumer brand campaigns. The first communications agency to be held on retainer by the train provider, Wire was awarded the initial 12 month contract after successfully delivering a number of high profile projects in recent months.
A series of strikes on Southern trains in the UK has begun as a long running dispute over the role of guards on-board. Three days of industrial action began at midnight and is set to continue until Friday morning. Southern said it expected to run nearly two thirds of its services over the period.
Members of the RMT trade union working on Virgin Trains East Coast have begun a 24-hour strike. The action is the latest in a long-running dispute over jobs. The union said about 1,800 members, including train crew and some drivers, were taking part in the industrial action.