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....The use of robots in the workplace is rising with workers in some sectors already facing up to the potential challenges. "You can already see on the railways that all these strikes are not unrelated to the move towards driverless trains," Mr Hawksworth said. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....6bn in premiums to the government over the next seven years, of which £1. 2bn will be reinvested in the railway, according to the terms of the deal. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... . Kenya has borrowed heavily in the past four years to fund an ambitious construction programme, including roads and a new railway. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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.... Petworth lives in the shadow of The House and its Titians and Turners. Having the railway station, though, Pulborough is the more worldly of the two, the kind of place I imagine lived in, in Agatha Christie’s day, by brassy secretaries with a taste for jazz and romantic dalliances with aged wealthy widowers who should know better. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Chinese firm MTR to help operate UK's South West trains franchise image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 27th of March 2017 07:52:43 AM
....6bn in premiums to the government over the next seven years, of which £1. 2bn will be reinvested in the railway, according to the terms of the deal. ...
Petworth and Pulborough, West Sussex: straight out of Miss Marple image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 24th of March 2017 04:30:37 PM
.... Petworth lives in the shadow of The House and its Titians and Turners. Having the railway station, though, Pulborough is the more worldly of the two, the kind of place I imagine lived in, in Agatha Christie’s day, by brassy secretaries with a taste for jazz and romantic dalliances with aged wealthy widowers who should know better. ...
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Robots to affect up to 30% of UK jobs, says PwC image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 24th of March 2017 08:56:39 AM
....The use of robots in the workplace is rising with workers in some sectors already facing up to the potential challenges. "You can already see on the railways that all these strikes are not unrelated to the move towards driverless trains," Mr Hawksworth said. ...
Kenya starts selling bonds via mobile phones image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of March 2017 12:39:55 PM
.... . Kenya has borrowed heavily in the past four years to fund an ambitious construction programme, including roads and a new railway. ...
Rail industry promises 6,400 extra services image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 12:00:48 AM
....Last year, 12. 3% of trains failed to reach their destinations on time, according to the Office of Rail and Road, the independent regulator for Britain's railways. ...
Ian and Greg Chappell call on Adani to abandon Carmichael mine project image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 01:46:56 AM
....It had also delivered on its promise not to use taxpayer funds to subsidise Adani’s infrastructure. However, the state government holds veto power over Adani’s application for a $1b federal government loan to build a railway to link the mine to its port hundreds of kilometres away. ...
Northern, Southern rail and Merseyrail staff on strike image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 06:55:36 AM
. Passengers appear to have largely stayed away from the railway network as staff from three train firms across England held 24-hour strikes. ...
How to save WH Smith from its 'godawful uniformity' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of March 2017 04:52:17 PM
.... What can be done to save it?. Around 700 WH Smith stores are in railway stations, airports and service stations, and around 600 are on the high street. ...
How to retire successfully: 'You need to ask what you want out of life' image
....If anyone has had a successful and fulfilling retirement, it is Dr Peter Jarvis. When he retired in 1992, he “ganged up” with a group of his most “wily, accomplished” friends and renovated a railway. ...
Fixing America's failing infrastructure won't be easy, despite Trump's pledge image
....Trump seems to have a genuine passion for rebuilding America. “Crumbling infrastructure will be replaced with new roads, bridges, tunnels, airports and railways gleaming across our beautiful land,” Trump said in his speech before Congress last Tuesday as he renewed a campaign promise, vowing to ask Congress for a $1tn infrastructure investment package financed through public and private capital. ...
Let’s move to Hither Green, London: ‘Good schools, train links and parks’ image
.... Did I mention the ice-cream? It’s the little things, you see, that get parents through the day. The case against The neighbourhood is riven in two by the railway line, practically (there are few crossing points, hence bad traffic) and in spirit. ...
Wall Street stocks rise after Trump's corporate tax cut promises image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of March 2017 06:42:20 PM
....Exchanges in Spain, Germany and France also saw steep rises in the value of listed shares as investors bet on a spending spree by the new Trump administration filtering out to increase the profits of large corporations across Europe. In his most measured speech to date, Trump told Congress he would bring back to life dying industries and “crumbling infrastructure will be replaced with new roads, bridges, tunnels, airports and railways gleaming across our very, very beautiful land”. ...
Southern rail chief: we aren’t doing anything wrong image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of February 2017 02:04:25 PM
....However, he added: “In terms of the customers there have been awful things that have happened. ” He admitted that “in terms of staff engagement, absolutely” the firm could have done things differently, but said the firm had needed to change the railway and ways of working. ...
Going nowhere as French train tickets are a no-show image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 27th of February 2017 07:00:03 AM
. French railways (SNCF) has let me down badly and I don’t believe it is an isolated case. ...
Chris Grayling tells Japan: some of our trains are superior to yours image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 26th of February 2017 05:03:58 PM
.... This deal, signed last year, secured 1,000 engineering jobs at the factory over the next decade. During a visit to Japan in September, ostensibly to encourage investment in Britain’s roads, railways and ports, Grayling told transport minister Keiichi Ishii that the Derby trains were superior to Tokyo’s. ...
On your bike: the best and the worst of city cycle schemes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 25th of February 2017 07:00:05 AM
....But will station-less, ride-anywhere schemes result in city-wide anarchy, with hundreds of bikes piling up at train stations in the evening, carelessly blocking doors and pedestrians, or lying vandalised down alleys or chucked in canals?. Antonia Roberts of Bike Plus, an umbrella group for Britain’s bike-sharing schemes, says she has seen plenty of photos of bike carnage near Chinese railway hubs. ...
Merseyrail and Northern strike ballots open amid Southern deal collapse image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 17th of February 2017 04:59:24 PM
.... The former has signed a contract for new trains, which will be brought in from 2020, and categorically stated that they will be running without a second crew member onboard, but has guaranteed to redeploy its 220 guards. The RMT’s regional organiser, John Tilley, said the plans were “completely at odds with the requirements of basic railway safety”. ...
Let’s move to Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire: ‘This pretty town bursts with enthusiasm’ image
.... There may be barely 2,000 souls here, but goodness they’re industrious. Bishop’s Castle hums with independent shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants, B&Bs, two (two!) microbreweries, museums of rural life and railways, a weekly market, an eco-suburb, and I haven’t even got on to sports and recreation, let alone the walking festival. ...
Southern rail users face more strikes as drivers reject Aslef-backed deal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of February 2017 01:31:12 PM
.... Southern says it expects to run about three-quarters of its usual timetable during the strike. The row over the roles and responsibilities of train crew is likely to be replicated across other parts of Britain’s railways. ...
Fifth of rail passengers buy wrong ticket from machines, says regulator image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 10th of February 2017 12:01:36 AM
....Cases in which the most appropriate ticket was not selected include one passenger who was confused as to whether to choose “any permitted route” or “not via Reading”, while another found a ticket with a railcard was more expensive than without. The ORR’s director of railway markets and economics, John Larkinson, said: “Everyone travelling by train should be able to buy the most appropriate ticket for their journey. ...
Arriva Rail North staff to consider strike action over role of train guards image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of February 2017 05:08:43 PM
....”. An Arriva Rail North spokesman said: “We are in the early stages of developing our modernisation plans to bring customers a better railway, so we believe the RMT is extremely premature in calling a ballot for strikes. ...
Railways could use eye scans to charge passengers, say industry plans image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of February 2017 12:01:21 AM
....Facial recognition is already used at some UK airports to speed up the border control process. More than 200 research, design and technology projects have been identified to help the railway serve more passengers and boost customer service. ...
Southern rail deal with union fragile as drivers plan to vote against image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 5th of February 2017 01:20:20 PM
....”. He added: “I don’t believe we need fewer people on the railways – a railway bursting at the seams will not mean fewer jobs. ...
Britain’s rail franchise model unfit for purpose, say MPs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 5th of February 2017 10:07:02 AM
.... Unless that happens the taxpayer will be footing the bill and passengers will suffer. “While franchising enabled passenger growth and service improvements when it was first rolled out, passenger satisfaction with the railways is falling. ...
Southern rail and union agree deal to end strikes over driver-only trains image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of February 2017 03:38:40 PM
....“It’s good news for passengers, the regional economy and staff. After the misery and disruption to people’s work and family lives, we are pleased we can start to move forward and deliver a better railway for the travelling public. ...
Business leaders call for transport revolution to rebalance UK economy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of February 2017 06:00:22 AM
....Cridland said: “It’s clear that the north’s ports and airports are key economic assets for the region, with nearly 40 million passengers flying from the region each year and around a third of all UK freight using northern ports. “Yet we know that the lack of access to and from our ports and airports is holding them back, with congestion on our roads and railways making it difficult for people and goods to reach international gateways. ...
Britain’s housing crisis could be solved – if only the government wanted to | Jonn Elledge image
....To that end, the government would formally review the green belt to identify areas that would be better used as the site of new communities. Around London, it would prioritise areas next to railway lines, such as that baffling open space surrounding much of the eastern end of the Central line. ...
Accessibility and ownership of the UK’s railways | Letters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 27th of January 2017 06:52:00 PM
.... Kelly-Marie Blundell Seaford. • As a disabled passenger, reliant on a mobility scooter and railways for transport, I can categorically state that the GTR approach to providing accessible transport is laughable and offensive. ...
Frankfurt prepares for Brexit bankers: 'Maybe our city will change them' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 27th of January 2017 07:15:19 AM
....”. She and her boyfriend, Dominik Felsmann, a management consultant from Stuttgart, live in Bahhofsviertel, the neighbourhood around the railway station and in the centre of the city’s red light district, which they refer to as “mini Berlin”. ...
Government planning possible take-over of Southern rail – report image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 25th of January 2017 08:27:13 PM
....A small number of members of the RMT union at Southern went on strike on Wednesday and will walk out again on Friday. The RMT general secretary, Mick Cash, said: “Instead of dragging this farce out any longer the government should now do the decent thing, pull the plug on the GTR contract, take the lines under public control and draw a line under this shambles that shames Britain’s railways. ...
London train derailment to disrupt Southeastern commuters for days image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 25th of January 2017 06:24:10 PM
....Disruption on a busy commuter line will last for the rest of the week following a freight train derailment, Network Rail has said. A 50-metre stretch of railway is being “completely rebuilt” in Lewisham, south-east London, following the accident at 5. ...
Five on Brexit Island lifts WH Smith sales as adult colouring books fade image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 25th of January 2017 11:47:01 AM
....The retailer, which this year celebrates its 225thbirthday, said higher customer numbers at its airport shops over Christmas also helped boosted trade. Sales within the travel division – which also includes motorway service stations, hospitals and railway stations – grew by 5%, but were down by 3% at its shops on UK high streets. ...
Poll confirms Southern’s status as UK's worst-performing rail firm image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 24th of January 2017 12:58:11 PM
.... Scottish passengers and those travelling in peak hours in London and the south-east are bearing the brunt of poor performance. “The timetable on parts of the London and south-east railway can be a work of fiction which passengers cannot rely on. ...
Seaford: the town cut off by the Southern rail dispute image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 23rd of January 2017 12:55:17 PM
....At one time, so many visitors would bother him for directions that the newsagent next to Seaford station put up a sign on his door, with exact instructions on how to get to the Seven Sisters, the chalk cliffs that run east from the town to Beachy Head. Lately, with train services eroded and finally halted by the long-running dispute between unions and Southern railway, the sign has barely been needed. ...
Southern train services face further disruption image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 22nd of January 2017 10:22:22 AM
....“The RMT should now recognise that their industrial action is wholly futile. They should stop the strikes, get back round the table with us and move forward together with us, delivering a better railway for our passengers. ...
Jobs lost and broken relationships: legacy of the Southern rail crisis image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 21st of January 2017 09:09:30 PM
.... Businesses are struggling and a lot of people are leaving the area. Meanwhile, as the railway is being ground into the floor, the government is proposing to spend £55bn on a high-speed link to Birmingham. ...
Let’s move to Scarborough, North Yorkshire: ‘Where seasiding began’ image
.... You can keep your Costa Brava and all of that palaver. This, where seasiding began in the 17th century, has all I require in life balanced beautifully in the perfect resort recipe: one measure donkey rides to two parts ice-cream sundaes, a dash of kiss-me-quick, a sprinkling of eccentricity (those daily mini naval battles on the lake in Peasholm Park, for starters), a generous helping of fish and chips (cooked in dripping, natch), penny slots, funiculars (I love a funicular) and a miniature railway, a dash (but only a dash) of decline. ...
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Southern rail to run full train service from Tuesday image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 18th of January 2017 10:29:20 AM
....“The RMT should now recognise that their industrial action is wholly futile. They should stop the strikes, get back round the table with us and move forward together with us, delivering a better railway for our passengers. ...
No guarantee of help for disabled passengers, says Southern image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 17th of January 2017 05:19:00 PM
.... A GTR spokesman said the company was investigating. In October the transport select committee said in a report: “We are concerned that no official impact assessment has been made of the potential effects of [driver-only operation] on disabled people’s access to the railway. ...
Southern rail strikes suspended as two sides agree to TUC talks image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 17th of January 2017 11:43:37 AM
.... The government then proposed that the talks be co-chaired by a rail industry executive, a condition accepted by both Aslef and GTR. Mick Whelan, Aslef’s general secretary, said he wanted government backing for the process “given the implications of this dispute for the wider railway industry”. ...
Rail strike: search goes on for job Failing Grayling can't do badly | John Crace image
. Before his appearance at transport questions in the Commons, Chris Grayling was last seen being pushed to the back of the queue at Clapham Junction railway station as he fought with other commuters to get into work during Monday’s tube strike. ...
UK exports 'show signs' of pound boost image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 11th of January 2017 10:22:38 AM
....In particular the ONS noted a rise in imports of laptops and tablets from China. It also highlighted a rise in transport goods, which includes ships and railway equipment, from countries outside the European Union. ...
Rail franchise mandarin's board gave Southern contract to client of his company image
....A spokeswoman said it had paid FCP more than £10,000 for general consultancy services between September and November 2013, adding “this would have been the time when we were working on our bid [for the franchise]”. Govia is partly owned by France’s train operator, Keolis, which is 70% owned by the state railway company SNCF. ...
Renewed strike action on Southern rail adds to commuter misery image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of January 2017 12:38:33 PM
.... The strike follows a similar three days of action over a week in December, and a third tranche of strikes is planned from Tuesday 24 January. Mick Whelan, general secretary of Aslef, said: “We greatly regret the industrial action we have taken on Southern railway today. ...
Londoners need spaces to live, but also need places to make things | Ian Jack image
.... Bolton without its cotton mills, Greenock without its shipyards, Consett without its steelworks: you returned to them after a while away and wondered at how much less enclosed they seemed – how a view that once stopped at a brick wall or a factory shed now extended as far as the hillside or the estuary. You walked down an alley and remembered the railway bridge where slow trains of coal wagons had passed overhead – the bridge gone, though not its solid stone abutments. ...
Is Britain’s rail network getting worse? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 6th of January 2017 05:34:17 PM
.... A revamped Thameslink and all of Crossrail should be running by the end of the decade, giving a massive boost to the capacity of lines across the capital and beyond. And construction should start this year on a proper high-speed railway, HS2. ...
Southern rail, London Underground and BA staff to go ahead with strikes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 6th of January 2017 04:25:48 PM
....On Friday, Grayling seized on a report by the rail regulator, the Office of Rail and Road, which declared that Southern’s driver-only operation would be safe, “with suitable equipment, proper procedures and competent staff in place”, giving recommendations that Southern has promised to implement. The transport secretary has commissioned ORR’s Ian Prosser, the chief inspector of railways, to set out principles to be applied nationally – potentially pre-empting further disputes on other franchises. ...
Southern rail crisis: Grayling backs regulator described as 'shambles' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 6th of January 2017 11:37:58 AM
. Chris Grayling has denied that the chief inspector of railways is a “government placeman” after a union described the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) as a “servile shambles”, in response to a report saying it was safe for Southern rail drivers to operate train doors. ...
Southern rail: RMT agrees to direct talks with government image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 5th of January 2017 06:34:07 PM
....The invitation to talks was prompted by a further report by the rail regulator, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), that said driver-only trains were broadly safe for Southern if it upgraded some CCTV facilities and took other precautions. Referring to Southern’s parent company, Govia Thameslink Railway, Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways, said: “Following a thorough review of GTR-Southern’s method and implementation of driver-only operation, ORR is satisfied that with suitable equipment, proper procedures and competent staff in place, it is a safe method of working. ...
'China freight train' in first trip to Barking image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 3rd of January 2017 01:27:20 PM
....The service will pass through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany Belgium and France before arriving at Barking Rail Freight Terminal in East London, which is directly connected to the High Speed 1 rail line to the European mainland. Because of the different railway gauges involved, a single train cannot travel the whole route and the containers need to be reloaded at various points. ...
Rail passengers to stage station protests against fare increases image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 3rd of January 2017 06:01:46 AM
....”. The UK has the most expensive railway system in Europe. ...
Rail fares cost commuters up to 14% of their income, says study image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 3rd of January 2017 12:01:38 AM
....Mick Whelan, leader of the drivers’ union Aslef, said: “It is scandalous that the government is allowing privatised train companies to make even more money for providing an ever-poorer service. “We have the most expensive railway in Europe and the train companies, aided and abetted by this government, are about to make it even more costly for people to travel. ...
Train fares rise by an average of 2.3% image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 2nd of January 2017 08:19:15 AM
....". Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the government has "always fairly balanced" the cost of modernising the railways between the taxpayer and the passenger. ...
Rail fares: train operators accused of milking the system as rises kick in image
....“Passengers were always told that higher fares were necessary to fund investment, but vital projects have been delayed by years and essential maintenance works have been put on hold,” McDonald said. A less fragmented railway, under public ownership, would have lower costs, he added. ...
Ten ways to save money on your holiday flights image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 31st of December 2016 07:00:21 AM
.... JacksFlightClub claims to hunt down pricing errors and email you when they occur. Take the concept of “split ticketing” on the railways and apply it to airlines. ...
Southern rail passengers face new year disruption as strikes bite image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 30th of December 2016 10:40:07 AM
....“We are sorry that yet again passengers will have their plans disrupted by what is pointless industrial action. Our door remains open for meaningful talks and we urge the RMT to see sense and join us in delivering a better railway for everyone in 2017. ...
Just how old is your train carriage? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 28th of December 2016 11:22:09 AM
. Trains on Britain's railways are 21 years old on average, an investigation by the Press Association has found. ...
What is productivity and why is the UK's so poor? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 25th of December 2016 02:17:46 PM
.... The gap with Germany is 35% and with the US 30%. There have been a number of explanations for the dramatic deterioration in productivity: the availability of unskilled cheap labour has deterred firms from investment; the poor quality of UK roads, railways and broadband network; the shrinkage of the financial sector, which had been a source of high-productivity jobs in the boom before the 2007 crisis; and the misallocation of capital to “zombie” firms kept alive by ultra-low interest rates rather than to dynamic new enterprises. ...
BA crew Christmas strikes suspended image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of December 2016 09:33:03 PM
....Analysis: BBC industry correspondent John Moylan. With strikes called this week involving railways, the post office, airlines and baggage handlers, unions have been accused of coordinating industrial action. ...
The Guardian view on trade unions: needed as much as ever | Editorial image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 19th of December 2016 06:42:05 PM
.... It already significantly narrows the possibilities of a strike by requiring not only a majority in favour of strike action, but a turnout of at least 50% of those entitled to vote. If parliament approves more regulations next month, it will also ban strike action in “important public services”, including the railways, unless it is backed by more than 40% of those entitled to vote. ...
No 10 accuses striking workers of 'contempt for ordinary people' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 19th of December 2016 01:01:02 PM
....The RMT’s general secretary, Mick Cash, was forced to deny that the union was part of a “Trot conspiracy” after the Sunday Times published a video showing the RMT union president, Sean Hoyle, at a rally saying trade unions were working together to “bring down this bloody working-class-hating Tory government”. Cash said: “We are a serious trade union dealing with serious issues around safety on the railways. ...
Downing Street distances itself from Grayling calls for anti-strike laws image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 19th of December 2016 07:00:14 AM
....The RMT’s general secretary, Mick Cash, was forced to deny that the union was part of a “Trot conspiracy” after the Sunday Times published a video showing the RMT union president, Sean Hoyle, at a rally saying trade unions were working together to “bring down this bloody working-class-hating Tory government”. Cash said: “We are a serious trade union dealing with serious issues around safety on the railways. ...
Strikes show contempt says Downing Street image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 19th of December 2016 01:34:53 AM
....Ms O'Grady added that she feared there might be "another agenda" here to tighten union laws. Conservative MP Chris Philp is calling for new laws that would mean in cases involving critical public infrastructure, such as the railways, a High Court judge would decide whether a strike is "reasonable and proportionate". ...
RMT boss denies trying to 'bring government down' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 18th of December 2016 01:30:48 PM
....". Mr Cash told Pienaar's Politics on BBC Radio 5 live: "We are a serious industrial trade union, and we are not part of some conspiracy to bring the government down - we are focusing on the concerns our members have over safety on the railways. ...
Southern rail dispute reflects workers’ growing fears about rise of automation image
....Trains with a guard become driver-only trains, which then become driverless trains. That’s the fear underlying Aslef’s dispute with Southern railways and accounts for the rearguard action to prevent further job losses across the rail industry. ...
Christmas of Discontent image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 16th of December 2016 12:40:39 AM
...."It's so difficult to draw real comparisons because so much has changed," agrees Dr Crossman. Before the Thatcher administration, trade unions were more powerful, while the railways, British Airways and Royal Mail were all state-owned. ...
Southern rail dispute talks end with no deal image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 15th of December 2016 08:27:51 PM
....The RMT fears job cuts and has raised safety concerns, and Aslef has described DOO as "inherently unsafe". But Mr Brown said the company would continue with its plans to modernise the railway. ...
Southern rail dispute talks end without agreement image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 15th of December 2016 03:57:54 PM
.... The unions must stop the pain and suffering blighting passengers and commerce. “We will continue with our plans to modernise our railway and the services we offer customers. ...
Southern strike: 'Progress made' at Acas talks image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of December 2016 01:03:40 AM
....On Tuesday transport secretary Chris Grayling dubbed the action a "deliberate act of militancy" and claimed Aslef had warned him to expect "10 years of industrial action" at a meeting in September. He further accused unions of "deliberately trying to bring [the railway] to its knees" and dismissed claims the strike was about commuter safety as "palpable nonsense". ...
UK government 'must take action' on 5G image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of December 2016 12:08:44 AM
....". Highways England and Network Rail must take "direct responsibility" for improving coverage on roads and railways, he added. ...
UK 4G coverage worse than in Romania and Peru, watchdog finds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of December 2016 12:01:10 AM
.... “Our 4G network is worse than Romania and Albania, Panama and Peru. Our roads and railways can feel like digital deserts and even our city centres are plagued by not spots where connectivity is impossible. ...
The Guardian view on Southern rail: the wrong kind of minister | Editorial image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of December 2016 07:46:36 PM
.... Mr Grayling has a reputation as the sort of politician who, given a choice between playing the man or the ball, would hack at the man every time. No doubt that helps score the odd point, but it will not fix the crisis Britain’s railways are now in. ...
Southern rail strike: 48-hour walkout causes chaos for commuters image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of December 2016 07:27:44 AM
.... There will be no trains on any route and people have been warned not to travel. The government said it may consider banning strikes on the railways. ...
Great Western Railway is going off the rails with refunds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of December 2016 07:00:49 AM
....This is bread and butter for train companies but, inevitably, backlogs do build up following exceptional and ongoing poor weather conditions, including flooding. Many railway lines were affected by major flooding from Storm Angus in November, reporting delays and blocked lines. ...
Commuter headache image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of December 2016 12:23:05 AM
.... Southern is only able to keep this promise for the length of its franchise, which runs out in 2021. The railway is very expensive to run. ...
‘Who buys fish with a credit card here?’ Traders scoff at Goa’s bid to ditch cash image
....The policy, announced by India’s defence minister, Manohar Parrikar, is in line with Modi’s vision for a cash-free India. Last week, the finance minister, Arun Jaitley, announced a series of discounts on digital transactions for petrol, railway tickets and insurance policies. ...
Redhill rail users' bid to charter train on strike days fails image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 10th of December 2016 04:44:52 PM
....The trip would have cost about £60 per person with the number of tickets limited and no standing room allowed, Mr Simm added. A Network Rail spokesperson said: "Britain's railways are open to all and so long as the relevant competencies and safety checks are done and cleared then we would welcome any train operator onto our network. ...
'Please talk about it' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 9th of December 2016 12:02:19 AM
....But how does that translate into the real world of the workplace?. Crossrail, which is currently building a railway across London and the surrounding areas, believes - perhaps because of the risks inherent in its work - that the robustness of its employees' mental health is as important as the physical. ...

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