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Rail fares rise - again
2 Dec 2016Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has spoken out after the announcement this morning that rail fares will rise by 2.3% in January.
ASLEF drivers: Southern ballot
28 Nov 2016ASLEF members on Southern Railways have voted overwhelmingly for strike action in a trade dispute over the company’s decision to force through driver only operation on the franchise. We say there should be no introduction and/or extension of new driver-only operated routes on Southern without the agreement of ASLEF. In a ballot conducted by Electoral Reform Services drivers were asked two questions: Are you prepared to take part in a strike? Yes 630 [87.3%] No 92 [12.7%] Are you prepared to take part in industrial action short of a strike? Yes 690 [95.6%] No 32 4.4%] Turnout was 77% [937 papers issued; 722 returned]
Southern strike dates
28 Nov 2016ASLEF’s executive committee has called strikes on Southern Railways after members voted overwhelmingly for industrial action in a trade dispute over the company’s decision to force through driver only operation on the franchise. Drivers will strike on:
ASLEF: Why DOO is not safe
28 Nov 2016Mick Whelan, ASLEF's general secretary, who is back in front of the House of Commons Transport Select Committee this afternoon, to talk about safety on Britain’s railways, is to tell MPs about the problems on the platform/train interface and explain why DOO is now inherently unsafe.
Paul Plummer in The Times
21 Nov 2016Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers' union, has written to The Times in response to a letter published in the paper this morning [on page 30] and picked up as a news story [page 16] and as the second leader [page 31]. The tendentious letter, from Paul Plummer, chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group, and sent in what was clearly a concerted campaign by the RDG, was co-signed by Martin Griffiths of Stagecoach; Mark Carne of Network Rail; Karen Boswell of Hitachi; David Higgins of HS2; Russell Mears of Freightliner; David Begg of Transport Times and, according to the paper, 'a further 20 names'.
Sturgeon needs to get a grip of Scotrail
17 Nov 2016There was chaos across Scotland’s railway this morning when a train broke down outside Edinburgh station just after seven o’clock. The incident is simply the latest example of poor performance from an Abellio Scotrail service which goes from bad to worse.
Croydon tram derailment - RAIB report
16 Nov 2016The Rail Accident Investigation Branch today released an interim report into the Croydon tram accident last week.
Union raises rail freight crisis with Labour
16 Nov 2016ASLEF today met with senior members of the Labour Party shadow frontbench transport team to update them on the current industrial situation in the rail freight industry, particularly in freight operating company DB Cargo.
Government dithering jeopardises integrity of HS2
15 Nov 2016The government today published its preferred route for the second phase of the High Speed 2 project and confirmed phase 2b which will see the Y shaped route go north from Birmingham to Manchester on one leg and from Birmingham to the East Midlands, Sheffield and Leeds on the other.
Nigel Gibson re-elected
14 Nov 2016Nigel Gibson has been re-elected as District 5 Organiser, beating Michael Peace. ‘I’d like to thank every branch that nominated me, and everyone who voted for me,’ said Nigel. ‘I am delighted to be able to continue working with you to deliver the core values of ASLEF as the trade union for train drivers.’