News

Here you will find the latest ASLEF news articles. Archived articles can be found in the News Archive section in the left hand navigation bar.

You can also find recent issues of the ASLEF Journal and other ASLEF publications in the Publications section.  

Deal finally reached to electrify Welsh Valley Lines with franchise responsibility to be handed to Welsh government
21 Nov 2014After years of wrangling and argument between the Welsh and UK governments, a deal has finally been reached to allow the electrification of the Great Western Mainline to Swansea and the Valley Lines.
New report proves rail privatisation has led to UK passengers subsiding European Railways by over £100m
21 Nov 2014A new report has shown that rail privatisation has led to rail fares in the UK being invested European rail networks, helping to keep fares down in France, Germany and the Netherlands.
Bro Russ Bramhall's Funeral
20 Nov 2014As many of you will know, Russ Bramhall has sadly passed away.
Anniversary of the King’s Cross Fire
20 Nov 2014This week marks the 27th anniversary of the King’s Cross fire which took the lives of 31 people and injured over 100.
Female drivers speak out
18 Nov 2014Women in Rail - the voice of women within the rail sector - recently spoke to four female ASLEF members. Their remarkable interviews can now be seen online:
Northern Rail industrial action suspended
17 Nov 2014The two strikes planned on Northern Rail [on Friday 21 November and Thursday 27 November] have been suspended, after progressive talks, pending a meeting of ASLEF's executive committee tomorrow [Tuesday].
Northern Rail drivers vote to strike
13 Nov 2014Train drivers working for Northern Rail have voted overwhelmingly for strike action after the failure of the company to make a satisfactory pay offer to members. 82.2% of Northern Rail drivers voted for industrial action; with 17.8% against. Turnout was 82%.
ORR prosecution of ASLEF member
13 Nov 2014On 7 November a member was prosecuted by the ORR following an operational incident. Part of the charges related to a failure to set the cab secure radio and this judgement has very serious implications for our membership, and the use of a working radio to provide direct communication with the signaller.
Times right for Andy Movember
10 Nov 2014Nottingham ULR Andy Wakefield made the news in The Times today. 'Andy has an impressive upper lip appendage and those of us who know him see him constantly fiddling with it and grooming it,' say his mates on Nottingham LLC.
First Group blame poor for fall in profits
6 Nov 2014ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has slammed controversial comments made by First Group chief executive Tim O’Toole who has blamed poor people in Glasgow, and US inner cities, for falling revenues and stalling profits at his company. Mr O’Toole said the group was suffering – and it’s the fault of the ‘lower segment of consumers [who] do not have the disposable income.’