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ASLEF welcome for Scots Border service

06 November 2012

Train drivers’ union ASLEF has welcomed the news that trains are to run from Edinburgh to the Scottish Borders for the first time in 40 years. The scheme was first mooted in June 2010 but was later dropped. Now it has been handed over to Network Rail by the...

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Virgin gets 23 month West Coast extension

06 November 2012

The Department for Transport today announced Virgin Trains will run the West Coast main line on a short franchise until November 2014 before the route is let under a long term franchise. The 23 month long franchise will operate as a management contract with both the revenue...

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ASLEF backs Tory over Wales rails

05 November 2012

ASLEF general secretary Mick Whelan said the Tory Welsh Secretary David Jones is ‘talking a lot of sense’ when he supports electrification of the main rail line in north Wales. ‘When it comes to developing railways, we have no political prejudices,’ Mick says. ‘North Wales is one of the...

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Franchising in Wonderland

30 October 2012

Recent questions in Parliament have made the franchising process seem curiouser and curiouser. One the one hand, when Kelvin Hopkins MP asked the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff have been employed each year by Directly Operated Railways, who run the currently nationalised East Coast Main Line,...

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Public ECML profits up 7%

26 October 2012

Since the East Coast Main Line has been in public hands it has increased its operating profit by 7% (to £7.1 million) in the year to March. It has increased annual turnover by £20 million (to £665.8 million) and increased profits before tax and DfT service payments to £195.7...

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