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Rail freight in crisis

18 October 2016

After DB Cargo announced plans to make 893 men and women redundant, Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, spoke out about the race to the bottom in the freight industry. He said: ‘Freight on rail is collapsing in this country. The news today from DB Cargo that the company...

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ASLEF to ballot for action on Southern

18 October 2016

ASLEF is to ballot its drivers on Southern Railways for industrial action after last-ditch talks at head office on Monday failed to resolve the problems at the heart of this dispute. ‘We have genuinely sought to reach a compromise with Southern,’ said general secretary Mick Whelan. ‘We have always been...

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Virgin profits from public subsidy

17 October 2016

New figures show enormous increases in year on year profits and dividends for Virgin Rail Group Holdings Limited. Financial results for the year ended March 2016 show an annual profit of £51 million a 28% increase on 2015 while shareholders received dividends of more than £55 million, nearly 100%...

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MPs condemn franchising

13 October 2016

The House of Commons Transport Select Committee tomorrow (Friday) publishes its sixth report, into the future of rail and improving the passenger experience. It is expected to have some interesting things to say about the plight of staff, and passengers, on Southern Railways, and to urge the government 'to...

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Transport Select Committee report on Rail

13 October 2016

The House of Commons Transport Select Committee tomorrow (Friday) publishes its sixth report, into the future of rail and improving the passenger experience. It is expected to have some interesting things to say about the plight of staff, and passengers, on Southern Railways, and to urge the government 'to...

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