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ASLEF supports pensioners' protest on Freedom Train
14 Apr 2014ASLEF's Vice President, Tosh McDonald, today joined campaigners on the Freedom train from Doncaster to Meadowhall Interchange.
Rail unions seek judicial review over East Coast
8 Apr 2014ASLEF, the RMT and the TSSA have launched an application for judicial review to challenge the government over InterCity East Coast and the direct award of rail franchises.
Public ownership
7 Apr 2014Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers' union, blogs on public ownership of the railway for the International Business Times website today (
Fares unfair
1 Apr 2014Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has condemned ‘the high price passengers have paid for privatisation’ after it was revealed that train fares have soared by an astonishing 245% since Britain’s railways were privatised twenty years ago.
Network Rail
31 Mar 2014Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has welcomed news that Network Rail plans to invest £38 billion in railway infrastructure over the next five years – but says it’s not enough.
Bob Crow
24 Mar 2014Bob Crow (1961-2014) Today we mourn the loss of a great railwayman, a great trade unionist, and a great man.
Bob Crow commemoration
21 Mar 2014Following the sad news of Brother Bob Crow’s passing on Tuesday 11th March, the RMT have now released details of the funeral arrangements.
20 Mar 2014Mick Whelan has welcomed the news that Hitachi, the Japanese electronics firm, is moving its global rail business from Japan to the United Kingdom. Hitachi says the move will expand its rail business in Britain from 2,500 workers to 4,000. Last year, Hitachi won a £1.2 billion order for state of the art Class 800 trains for the East Coast main line at its factory at Newton Aycliffe in County Durham. Mick said: ‘We welcome this news because it will create much-needed jobs here in the north-east of Britain. I would rather it was a British company creating jobs and winning orders from the Department for Transport. But it is good news. We want investment, in trains and carriages as well as in our infrastructure, to build a better railway for everyone in Britain.’
Cross-border Megatrucks Progress Slowed Down by European Transport Committee
18 Mar 2014The European Transport Committee this morning voted to put on hold plans to liberalise the use of megatrucks across Europe. In a move welcomed by ASLEF, the Transport Committee is requiring detailed research on safety, environmental, and congestion impacts before allowing further use of 82ft trucks across Europe.
17 Mar 2014Ahead of today's announcement by Sir David Higgins, chairman of HS2 Ltd, that he thinks work on construction of the new line should begin in the north at the same time as in the south, ASLEF general secretary Mick Whelan backed Sir David's plea. Speaking to the Sunday People yesterday, Mick said: 'Sir David is right. Let's get as much of this built as possible and create a great railway. We believe HS2 should benefit the whole country.'