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InTheNews: The latest rail news on Monday, 26th September 2022

The railway industry is in “crisis” amid the failure of the franchise system, a union leader has warned.

An article on the ITV website says Mick Lynch, general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, said a number of train operators were close to “collapse”.


He told a packed fringe meeting at the Labour Party conference in Liverpool that the current system of public service contracts meant companies did not have to shoulder any financial risks.

Better rail links, reduced congestion and safer roads are all highlighted as key priorities for levelling up the East Midlands in a new document.

An article of The Business Desk says Transport for the East Midlands (TfEM) and Midlands Connect, have highlighted eight shared priorities in a new joint vision for the cities and counties of the East Midlands.

The two bodies say that delivering these priorities will boost growth and investment, contribute to the government’s net zero and levelling up agendas, and help address the historic underfunding of transport in the East Midlands.

The SNP Government-owned ScotRail is seeking a contractor to provide it with 1,200 devices for about £100,000 for all of its public working staff to enhance security and gather evidence to be used in court.

The Scottish Daily Express says the nationalised train operator made the decision following reports of staff being groped as well as threatened with knives, fire extinguishers and makeshift flamethrowers.

In 2020, more than three hundred employees took part in a pilot scheme to test out cameras on public facing employees worn on their bodies.

Another milestone has been achieved in the government funded East Coast Digital Programme (ECDP) with the successful completion of testing with digital signalling for High Speed Train (HST) Class 43 power cars forming part of Network Rail’s New Measurement Train (NMT).

European Train Control System (ETCS) in-cab signalling technology enables a more reliable service with reduced delays, improved safety and reduced costs and emissions through the removal of lineside infrastructure.

The successful testing programme at Network Rail’s recently upgraded Rail Innovation and Development Centre (RIDC) now enables commissioning of the relevant Class 43 power cars into ETCS Level-NTC (National Train Control) level.

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