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InTheNews: The latest rail news on Thursday, 21st September 2023
Heavy overnight rain caused delays and cancellations to rail services in parts of London and Hertfordshire on Thursday morning.
An article on the BBC website says all lines between London Kings Cross, Moorgate and Stevenage were closed following “a number of incidents,” National Rail said.
Damage to overhead wires in Stevenage caused cancellations on services travelling through the station.
Thousands of London Underground station staff are to strike next month in a long-running dispute over jobs and conditions.
An article on The Guardian website says the stoppages by members of the RMT will take place on 4 and 6 October, and, according to the union, will shut down tube services in the capital.
The RMT has been involved in a row over cuts the union says will lead to hundreds of job losses. Safety concerns have also been raised over higher workloads, more lone working and increased fatigue.
The first big test of whether privately owned high-speed passenger train service can prosper in the United States will launch Friday when Florida’s Brightline begins running trains between Miami and Orlando, reaching speeds of 125 mph (200 kph).
The article on Yahoo News says it’s a $5 billion bet Brightline’s owner, Fortress Investment Group, is making, believing that eventually 8 million people annually will take the 3.5-hour, 235-mile (378-kilometer) trip between the state’s biggest tourist hubs.
The company is charging single riders $158 round-trip for business class and $298 for first-class, with families and groups able to buy four round-trip tickets for $398. Thirty-two trains will run daily.
New rail services are set to be launched on one of South Wales’ key lines, almost doubling the number of travel options.
Following a multi million investment through the Welsh Government and Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Transport for Wales and Network Rail will be introducing direct services between Ebbw Vale and Newport.
The lines, from December, will have two trains per hour – one to Cardiff and one to Newport. It means the line will have more than 60 services running on it every single day.
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