Northern Rail industrial action suspended

The two strikes planned on Northern Rail [on Friday 21 November and Thursday 27 November] have been suspended, after progressive talks, pending a meeting of ASLEF's executive committee tomorrow [Tuesday].

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ASLEF denounces East Coast sell-off

27 November 2014

The Department for Transport today announced the award of the East Coast franchise to a Stagecoach/Virgin consortium. The East Coast line has been run successfully in the public sector since 2009 following the collapse of the previous operator and has returned nearly a billion pounds to HM Treasury over...

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ORR disagreement resolved

27 November 2014

ASLEF has reached a satisfactory outcome to the disagreement with the ORR over the prosecution of an ASLEF member following an operational incident. After correspondence with the ORR, ASLEF has received the following reassurance: “If a driver performs their duties consistent with their training, competence and written procedures,or as...

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Scottish Labour snubs CLPs and unions

27 November 2014

ASLEF and seven other affiliated rail unions have written to acting Scottish Labour Party general secretary Fiona Stanton regarding the omission of supporting nominations from constituency Labour parties and affiliates from the booklet dispatched to party members with their ballot papers for the Scottish party leadership and deputy leadership...

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Welsh government take on electrification of Welsh Valley Lines

21 November 2014

After years of wrangling and argument between the Welsh and UK governments, a deal has finally been reached to allow the electrification of the Great Western Mainline to Swansea and the Valley Lines. The deal sees the UK government paying for the work between Swansea and London and contributing...

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New report proves rail privatisation has led to UK passengers subsiding European Railways by over £100m

21 November 2014

A new report has shown that rail privatisation has led to rail fares in the UK being invested European rail networks, helping to keep fares down in France, Germany and the Netherlands. Increasingly over the last decade, European state owned rail companies have seen the benefits of taking over...

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