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InTheNews: The latest rail news on Friday, 9th February 2024
Flooding has disrupted drivers and railway passengers in the west of England, following heavy rain.
An article on the BBC website says the railway between Bristol Parkway and Swindon has been flooded and all lines are blocked.
Heavy rain has led to the Environment Agency issuing a number of flood alert warnings across the West.
Sticking with the weather and an article on The Yorkshire Evening Post says all lines between Horsforth and Leeds were blocked this morning due to the flooding.
There was a warning that trains running between Leeds and Harrogate ran the risk of being cancelled, delayed by up to 40 minutes or revised.
The proposed demolition and redevelopment of Caerphilly’s railway and bus stations has been green lit by council planners, although Welsh Government could intervene.
Caerphilly Council’s planning committee approved the project in line with a recommendation in a report.
However, the report considered by members said Welsh ministers could get the final say, as they have received a request to call the application in for their own determination.
The government has refused to reveal the cost to the taxpayer of the delayed introduction of a new fleet of trains.
An article on the BBC website says the Class 701 Arterio trains should have entered service with South Western Railway (SWR) in 2019.
However, the first passenger service ran between London Waterloo and Windsor in January.
The Department for Transport (DfT) said answering the BBC’s Freedom of Information (FOI) request could “prejudice commercial interests”.
West Midlands Railway has unveiled a new fleet of electric trains which forms part of a £700 million investment.
An article on Insider Media Limited says the Class 730 fleet will enter service in the region for the first time next week, carrying passengers between Wolverhampton, Birmingham and Walsall.
Later this year, in spring, the fleet will also enter service on the Cross City Line, connecting Lichfield, Birmingham, Redditch and Bromsgrove.
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