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Running full rail services again

20 April 2020

There were various stories in newspapers yesterday and today - some more speculative than others, some the result of off the record briefings by government departments, some of them contradictory - about government plans to lift the lockdown, including proposals to restore full rail services as early as Monday 11...

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Government gives the green light for construction of HS2

15 April 2020

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers' trade union, has welcomed the announcement today that the government has given formal approval for the HS2 project to begin construction.   He said: 'This is good news, because large-scale infrastructure projects, such as HS2, will give a much-needed boost to...

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Grand Central and Hull Trains

08 April 2020

Mick Whelan, general secretary, has called on the government to help two open access operators – Hull Trains and Grand Central – which are furloughing rail staff.   He said: 'Both First Hull Trains and Grand Central have temporarily shut down operations having failed to get any help from the...

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Jim McMahon and Andy McDonald

07 April 2020

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers' trade union, has welcomed the news that Keir Starmer has appointed Jim McMahon as the new Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, and appointed Andy McDonald as the new Shadow Secretary of State for Employment Rights.   Mick said: 'Jim,...

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London Underground: Tube drivers plea

06 April 2020

ASLEF, the train drivers' union, is demanding that London Underground drivers are provided with masks and gloves to help protect them from contracting covid-19. “Our members are risking their own safety to provide a service for essential workers,' said Finn Brennan, ASLEF's organiser on the Underground. "But every day brings...

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