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InTheNews: The latest rail news on Tuesday, 12th April 2022
The UK rail industry has joined together to facilitate sending more than a million items of aid to Ukraine in response to the humanitarian crisis in the region.
UK Rail for Ukraine, a cross-industry initiative set up by volunteers in early February, has brought together the large quantities of humanitarian aid from across the country.
A first aid train has left the UK on a special DB Cargo service bound for Ukraine, where it will be received by organisations working on the ground.
The service is carrying more than 1,500 tonnes consisting of a range of aid, including non-perishable food, hygiene and medical products, basic living equipment, and other much-needed supplies that have been donated from a wide range of businesses and organisations following requests for aid from the Ukrainian authorities.
The ‘Rail to Refuge’ initiative will continue to help survivors of domestic abuse escape danger and reach safety after it was officially renewed.
Since the scheme’s inception, during the 2020 lockdown, four people on average have made use of the free travel offer every day.
All train operators in Great Britain took up Rail to Refuge, initially for the length of the first lockdown, before subsequent extensions.
Network Rail teams across the country have been working to freshen up Britain’s railway in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year with more than £2 million of funding being used to target the removal of unsightly graffiti which blights infrastructure.
The additional funding has been distributed to each of Network Rail’s routes to help remove eyesores from railway infrastructure in hotspot areas.
Today marks the 10-year anniversary for Women in Rail.
Launched in 2012 by its founder Adeline Ginn MBE, the organisation has delivered a step change in the industry by delivering a network platform to stop women feeling isolated in a gender imbalanced industry.
A decade later Women in Rail members continue to support the diversity and inclusion agenda which is key to the rail industry thriving in the future.
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