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Day of action to free Iranian transport union leader
27 Jul 2007A vigil is to be held on 9 August at the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran at 16 Prince's Gate London SW7 1PT (nearest tube South Kensington). The object is to protest at the imprisonment of transport union leader Mansour Osanloo.
Northern Accord
26 Jul 2007The union has agreed a joint statement with Northern about harmonisation and rest day working.
White Paper on Rail – main points
26 Jul 2007The government’s White Paper on Transport released on Tuesday details what the Department for Transport (DfT) is committed to doing in the industry over the coming decades. The government claims its 30 year strategy is ‘the most positive statement about the growth and development of Britain’s Railways in 50 years’.
Edinburgh Light Rail to go ahead
24 Jul 2007A £660 million Light Rail system for Edinburgh is to go ahead despite attempts by the Scottish Nationalist to block the development. ASLEF’s Scottish organiser Kevin Lindsay, who has campaigned for the system over a number of years, says he is delighted at the news. ‘This will mean real improvements to the quality of life of people living in the city, with a cleaner environment and less congested roads.’
Corporate Manslaughter – some progress at last
24 Jul 2007ASLEF has welcomed the fact that at last we have a Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Bill – but general secretary Keith Norman says it has missed an opportunity to put something more meaningful onto the statue book. He insists that although the new law will do something about the thousands of people killed each year at work it falls short of finding individuals guilty.
ASLEF and UNITE sign memoramdum of understanding
19 Jul 2007ASLEF and UNITE today signed a memorandum of understanding about their intentions to work together for agreed objectives within the rail industry.
Eurotunnel freight charges to drop
19 Jul 2007Eurotunnel is set to revise down its fee structure for freight trains using the channel tunnel. The cross channel service has suffered badly due to customers abandoning the route to avoid the prohibitive costs.
Metronet collapse ‘confirms PPP failure’
16 Jul 2007Metronet, the Public-Private-Partnership within London Underground, has collapsed financially after years of failure to provide services required by the capital’s transport system.
Arriva wins Cross Country franchise
13 Jul 2007The Department of Transport has awarded the New Cross Country rail franchise to Arriva plc from 11th November 2007 for eight years and four months. The DfT will pay the company a subsidy of £1.056bn.
Rail coppers chase copper robbers
13 Jul 2007It is reported that Britain's railway network is being pillaged by metal thieves as part of an international multi-million network to meet the high demand for copper and other metal in India and China.