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Union pulls out of Scots rest day agreement

11 November 2011

ASLEF has announced that it is advising members in Scotland employed by First Scotrail not to work their rest days. The union says the company employs 50 drivers less than it needs and General Secretary Keith Norman insists that to cover this up by institutionalising overtime working is ‘practically and...

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Fantasy World of no-driver tubes

08 November 2011

ASLEF general secretary Keith Norman today dismissed Transport for London’s Board as ‘living in a fantasy world’ as it discussed having driverless tube trains in the next eight years. ‘They say that trains will be able to do without drivers because of the technological advances in signalling. Have they never...

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Arriva acquires Grand Central Railway

04 November 2011

German owned Arriva today announced it has acquired UK open access operator Grand Central Railway which runs services between London and Sunderland, Hartlepool and Bradford. The acquisition, for an undisclosed amount, adds to Arriva’s UK Trains portfolio of the CrossCountry, Arriva Trains Wales and Chiltern Railways franchises, and concessions to...

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Virgin West Coast franchise extended

03 November 2011

Theresa Villiers, the Minister of State for Transport, has announced that the next InterCity West Coast franchise will begin on 9 December next year, and so it has extended the franchise of West Coast Trains and Virgin Rail Group from the due expiry date of 1 April 2012 until the...

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Journal misprint LU Pay Offer

27 October 2011

The figures published in the unions November edition of the Journal with regards to the London Underground pay offer on page 4 are incorrect. It should read as follows: ASLEF members in London Underground are being balloted on a pay offer that, if accepted, will resolve their income for the...

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