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InTheNews: The latest rail news on Tuesday, 4th October 2022
There will be disruption to some parts of the rail network tomorrow and into the morning of Thursday 6 October due to a 24-hour walkout of train drivers over pay.
Train operators impacted include Avanti West Coast, Chiltern, Crosscountry, East Midlands Trains, Greater Anglia (including Stansted Express), Great Western, Hull Trains, LNER, London Overground, Northern Trains, Southeastern, Transpennine Express and West Midlands Trains.
Passengers are also advised that there is likely to be some disruption in the early morning of Thursday 6 October as workers return to duties. The revised timetable is available for passengers through the National Rail website and journey planners.
Prime Minister Liz Truss has said Bradford will get a new railway station on the high-speed route to be developed between Liverpool and Hull.
An article on The Business Desk says the PM previously said she would strike down a much-criticised government’s decision to strip back much of the planned Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) line.
She voiced the latest pledge yesterday, telling ITV: “It will stop at Bradford. I’m very clear about that.” And last week, Truss confirmed Hull would be included in the scheme.
The £200 million transit scheme linking Luton airport terminal to the railway will not operate until next year at the earliest.
An article on the BBC website on the Direct Air-Rail Transit (DART) system linking the airport with Luton Airport Parkway was approved in 2017 and due to open by the end of 2020.
Luton Rising, which owns the airport, said the delay was mostly down to revenue and ticketing arrangements.
It said an opening date would be announced in early 2023.
The Railway Benefit Fund (RBF) have relaunched their Energy Support Fund, in reaction to the increased cost of living many are expected to experience in the UK.
The Energy Support Fund offers applicants a maximum grant of £200 to support with the cost of gas and electricity bills.
RBF have established this fund to help support those working in or retired from rail who will be hit the worst by price hikes this year, as a result of the energy price cap increase from 1 October.
Photo credit: Railway Benefit Fund