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UK #HighSpeedRailLink is over budget, years behind schedule, government says

UK #HighSpeedRailLink is over budget, years behind schedule, government says

| September 4, 2019

A proposed high-speed rail project to improve links from London to central and northern England will cost about 20 billion pounds more than originally expected and is up to five years behind schedule, the government said on Tuesday (3 September), writes Michael Holden of Reuters. The High Speed 2 project (HS2) aims to slash journey […]

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British #rail franchising model is ‘broken’ – parliamentary committee

British #rail franchising model is ‘broken’ – parliamentary committee

| May 1, 2018

Britain’s model of contracting companies to run rail services is broken and the government should review it before awarding any more franchises, a parliamentary committee said on Friday (27 April) in findings rejected by the Department for Transport, writes Sarah Young. It highlighted recent problems with two franchises – one in London and southeast England, […]

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Freight train to leave Britain on long haul for #China

Freight train to leave Britain on long haul for #China

| April 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

The first freight train to run from Britain to China was due to depart on Monday (10 April), carrying vitamins, baby products and other goods as Britain seeks to burnish its global trading credentials for when it leaves the European Union. The 7,500-mile journey from eastern England to eastern China will take three weeks, around […]

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#Transport MEPs back reform of domestic rail services: More choice for better services

#Transport MEPs back reform of domestic rail services: More choice for better services

| December 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Easier access for all rail operators to domestic rail markets should give rail passengers more choice and better quality services under draft rules backed by Transport and Tourism Committee on Monday (5 December). The new rules combine granting access for rail operators to use rail track and stations in EU domestic rail markets and bidding, […]

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Commission investigates practices of Czech railway incumbent #ČeskDráhy in passenger transport

Commission investigates practices of Czech railway incumbent #ČeskDráhy in passenger transport

| November 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

Competition drives prices down and service quality up. This is what we need in railway passenger transport, especially when we’re serious about cutting our carbon emissions. We need to take a close look at České Dráhy’s (CD) business practices to make sure they do not push out competitors to the detriment of passengers, said Competition […]

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#G20 consensus needs practical implementation rather than empty talk

#G20 consensus needs practical implementation rather than empty talk

| September 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

Thanaleng Railway Station in Laos is a favorite place for wedding photos, with many young couples in the capital city of Vientiane traveling thousands of miles to the country’s only railway station, writes Cao Pengcheng. Railways do not play a significant part in the transport sector of this Southeast Asian country since it largely lacks […]

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#ECR Group to look at migration, economy, railways, and firearms this week

#ECR Group to look at migration, economy, railways, and firearms this week

EU heads of state and government will meet at the end of the week, with the EU-Turkey agreement and Europe’s response to the migration crisis heading the agenda. Before the summit, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, will meet with parliament’s group leaders, including ECR leader Syed Kamall. ECR home affairs spokesman Timothy Kirkhope […]

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