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Union slams Halkirk crossing report

23 September 2010

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has released its report into a fatal accident at Halkirk level crossing, Caithness, on 29 September 2009- and ASLEF has reacted angrily to it finding that ‘Network Rail did not properly understand the risk at Halkirk crossing and had not taken the previous...

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Attracting Rail Passengers – how not to do it!

20 September 2010

Three stories that emerged last month prove, according to ASLEF general secretary Keith Norman, that ‘customer care’ in many rail companies is more of a joke than a provision. ‘When rail was privatised and franchising introduced, one excuse was that the private sector would be ‘much more responsive to...

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Stansted notquiteso Express

09 September 2010

Posters advertising the Stansted Express have been banned by a watchdog for implying the train would reach central London in 35 minutes. The posters claimed ‘train to London 35 minutes’ – whereas the journey to Liverpool Street takes 45 minutes. It takes 35 minutes to Tottenham Hale – but...

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Wobbling Javelins modified

09 September 2010

Modifications have been made to the high-speed trains running from London to Kent after passengers complained of ‘wobbles’ as the Javelins passed through tunnels. Southeastern said the UK’s fastest domestic trains, made by Hitachi, had been suffering ‘sideways movement’ – never a plus for a train! The 29 six-carriage...

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Invest in rail to boost economy says ASLEF

25 August 2010

ASLEF today welcomed new data which confirmed what the union has long argued; investment in rail infrastructure can generate significant economic growth. The independent research commissioned by the CBI on behalf of the construction industry shows that every £1 invested in rail generates £2.20 of economic benefits,...

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