South Western Railway has begun operating in London and the south of England
The new railway franchise, which has replaced South West Trains (SWT), launched at 2am on Sunday August 20. The operator will oversee a more than £1.2 billion investment over a seven year tenure after it won a bidding against SWT. First MTR South Western Ltd is a collaboration between transport operator FirstGroup and MTR, which [...]
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First Group and MTR given go ahead for South Western franchise
The Competition and Markets Authority has accepted fare controls that address its competition concerns on the London–Exeter rail route. Earlier this year, the Department for Transport awarded the South Western rail franchise to FirstGroup and MTR. FirstGroup already operates Great Western Railway (GWR), which runs the only other train service between London and Exeter. An initial merger [...]
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Virgin Azuma debuts in Scotland on east coast test run
Virgin’s new state-of-the-art train travels north of the border for first time Inaugural run ahead of plans to accelerate London-Edinburgh journeys to 4hrs Virgin’s state-of-the-art Azuma train has visited Scotland for the first time as part of plans to transform Edinburgh-London rail journeys. The inaugural run north of the border was made as [...]
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Railway copper thieves hunted as taxpayers foot £300,000 bill
Police were today hunting thieves who have stolen more than £90,000 of copper wire from the railway in the past six weeks. The total cost to the British taxpayer of replacing the cable currently stands at around £300,000. It is believed the power, signalling and communications wire is being stolen to order then sold abroad as [...]
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Rail fares to rise
Rail users in the UK will see an increase in fares of up to 3.6% from January. The rise, the biggest in five years, is set by the government and train operators (toc’s) who are allowed to raise fares by as much as the Retail Prices Index (RPI) linked to July’s RPI measure of inflation [...]
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