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In The News | 26th November 2021 | Latest Rail News

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The government has published its Union Connectivity Review which shows proposed transport investments for stronger and better-connected United Kingdom.

Articles on the BBC says among the recommendations include improvements to the west coast mainline and an upgrade of the A75 in the south of Scotland.


Sir Peter Hendy, who chaired the review, also said in Wales the M4 should be upgraded and stations added to the south Wales’ main railway line.

Commenting, Sir Peter said: “My recommendations provide comprehensive, achievable and clear plans forward to better connect the whole of the United Kingdom, leading to more growth, jobs, housing and social cohesion.”

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Millions face travel chaos from today as major lines run a reduced service or come to a complete standstill.

The article in the Daily Mail says members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union began a series of 24-hour walkouts today over changes to staff rotas to restart the Night Tube after talks between Transport for London (TfL) and union bosses broke down. 

The union said members are being asked to work both night shifts and day shifts after dedicated night staff were axed.

HS2 is bringing a bit of rail ingenuity to the highways for the first time ever as part of a new, motorway-spanning bridge.

Engineers will use a 10,000 tonne box-like structure as its base to cut disruption as it is placed over the busy M42.

The base, three walls and a top slab will be constructed on land next to the motorway and then a high-tech raft will glide it into position.

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London’s Stratford station was the top stop for passengers during the pandemic.

The station, the Office of Rail and Road says, had the most people entering and exiting the station during the 2020-2021 period, a time when station usage dropped by 78 per cent year-on-year. The statistics cover more than 2,500 stations.

The impact of the pandemic meant rail saw its lowest number of journeys since 1872; London station saw the biggest decrease in passenger station usage, with 12.2 million entries and exits compared to the 86.9 million in 2019-20.

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