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InTheNews: The latest rail news on Friday, 17th May 2024


FirstGroup has announced that it plans to launch a new electrically powered train service between Rochdale and London.

According to ITV News, the new service could begin in 2027, with six journeys per day running via Manchester Victoria, Eccles, Newton-le-Willows, and Warrington Bank Quay.

Passengers would travel on new, UK-built trains, which would be either battery-powered or electric.

FirstGroup said that it is expanding its open access operations as part of its popular Lumo business, which was launched in 2011.

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A road in East Sussex has reopened after a car collided with a level crossing barrier during a high-speed chase, BBC News reports.

Police were pursuing the blue Alfa Romeo, which was thought to be stolen and using cloned plates.

It crashed into barriers at Berwick station on Thursday evening, and drove away without stopping.

Southern Railway stated that a train had struck one of the damaged barriers, but that lines between Lewes and Eastbourne had reopened. According to Network Rail, no passengers or train staff were injured during the incident.

Police are now attempting to locate the driver of the car.

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A new Norfolk railway station could be created as part of rail network upgrade plans, according to BBC News.

Talks are underway about the reconstruction of South Lynn station in King’s Lynn. The plan is part of a strategy by Eastern Powerhouse (EP), and could enhance the area, as well as improving links with Cambridge.

EP Director James Palmer added that the plan came after discussions with Network Rail and transport secretary Mark Harper.

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RIA Northern Ireland has appointed a new Business Engagement Manager, RailStaff reports.

Matt Taylor is a rail professional with 25 years of industry experience, and specific expertise in track, rolling stock and training. He said that he was “delighted and “honoured” to be joining the organisation, and will help to establish and develop its Northern Ireland network.

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