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Don’t gamble – take the train!

06 March 2013

The odds of dying before the age of 75 are one in 976 in a car, one in 54,433 on a plane and one in 131,313 in a train according to the healthcare journal Bandolier. Road injuries are the fifth cause of years of life lost after heart disease,...

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NX investors wary of UK rail

01 March 2013

The chief executive of National Express (NX) says some investors in his company have ‘lost trust’ in the UK rail market because of this country’s franchising contortions. ‘Now even investors think it’s a nonsense arrangement,’ said ASLEF’s Mick Whelan. ‘Is there anyone out there who still think franchising is...

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Jubilee Line talks fail

28 February 2013

Crunch talks that took place with the management of London tube system’s Jubilee Line earlier today have ended ‘one step back’ according to union negotiators. The union says that failure to sort out problems over an authoritarian and heavy-handed management and worsening working conditions will ‘inevitably’ lead to a...

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Franchising costs you millions

26 February 2013

Mick Whelan, ASLEF’s general secretary, reacting to today’s news that the West Coast franchising debacle has already cost the taxpayer over £50 million, asks, ‘How much longer will it take before politicians accept that franchising is a foolish and wasteful way of running our railways?’ And it isn’t just...

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Wales crash lorry driver escapes jail

25 February 2013

The lorry driver who drove over a crossing and caused a collision with a train at Llanboidy level crossing near Whitland has not been jailed. At Swansea Crown Court he admitted endangering the lives of passengers and was found to have been guilty of ‘a high degree of neglect’....

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