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    Coronavirus: Rail Franchise Franchise Agreements Suspended for 6 Months

    One off the press in the past few minutes - all rail franchise agreements suspended for 6 months, with the cost and risk transferred to DfT. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-ensures-ticket-refunds-and-protects-services-for-passengers-with-rail-emergency-measures
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    Ireland General Election 2020

    Our Irish Cousins go to the polls on Saturday, with it set to be an extraordinary and political plate shifting result in sight. Sinn Fein, who kissed and made up with the DUP last month and helped reform the Northern Ireland Executive, were IN THE LEAD, of the latest IPSOS Mori poll for...
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    Northern franchise to end 1 March 2020 with Operator of Last Resort to take over

    Northern Rail to lose franchise and placed into OLR control on March 1st. Beth Rigby of Sky has tweeted:
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    DfT: South Western Railway NOT Financially Sustainable

    That is the view, of Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, who has released the following statement this morning: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/rail-update-on-south-western-railway
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    West Midlands Mayor Wants WMT Franchise Stripped

    Andy Street, the elected Conservative Mayor of the West Midlands has made a big intervention, within the running of West Midlands Trains services as he has this morning called for the franchise to be ended, IF dramatic improvements aren’t made by January 31st. Do see his full statement, that he...
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    The 2019 General Election - Campaign Debate and Discussion

    At long last, Labour has finally agreed to bite the bullet and support the PM's General Election proposal and thus we are heading to the polls, on a day during the week of December 9th - the first week infact of First Trenitalia's operation of the West Coast Partnership! Let this thread by one...
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    The Next General Election

    Buckle in folks... It seems very likely, that if a Anti-No Deal Law is passed in Parliament this week, the nation will be heading to the polls once again - if Parliament gives approval or a VONC was passed. The Cabinet meets later, with all odds suggesting that a GE motion will be moved, if No...
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    Regulated fares to increase by 2.8% from January 2020

    Expected rise confirmed in the last few minutes From the BBC: Rail fares set to rise again by up to 2.8% https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49331238
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    West Coast Partnership Delayed

    I haven't seen anything official from the DfT, but Labour have responded to a delay to the announcement of the winner for the West Coast Partnership franchise. Andy McDonald, the Shadow Transport Secretary has said...
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    Merlin Enterainments to be brought by Lego owners

    Lego Group's owners Kirkbi, along with a Blackstone asset management and Canadian pensions fund CPPIB have agreed a whopping £5.9 Billion takeover of Merlin Enterainments, which has Madume Tussauds, Legoland Windsor and Alton Towers amongest it's portfolio. Hope it means something Lego related...
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    Stagecoach to pull out of UK Franchising

    Alongside their preliminary results released this morning, they that stated it’s the end of the line for their rail division. https://www.stagecoach.com/media/news-releases/2019/26-06-2019.aspx
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    Grand Central (formally GNWR) Timetable between Blackpool North and London Euston

    GC have today announced they have been past control of what was GNWR's rights for direct services between Blackpool North and London Euston, with planned introduction in Spring 2020. https://www.grandcentralrail.com/popular-routes/london-blackpool/
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    Channel 4 HQ & Creative Hubs Bidding

    Bidding for three new Creative Hubs and the new HQ for Channel 4 opened last month - and 19 areas have understood to have bidded being: - Birmingham and Coventry - Bristol - Brighton and Hove - Cardiff - Glasgow - Hull - Ipswich - Leamington Spa - Leeds City Region - Liverpool -...
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    "Rail pain piles up as five operators totter" - The Times, April 22nd 2018

    Having got a student pack from The Times (£26 for the year is pretty good), here is the full article stating the "rail pain" we are currently facing for a number of reasons...
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    2018 in Rail - Your Hopes, Fears and Predictions

    With the sunset on a truly staggering year approaching, it's pretty much time to see your hopes, fears and predictions for 2018. Whether related to Franchises / Franchise Competitions, Stations, Rolling Stock or the rest of it, I think some surprises could be on the way over the coming 12...
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    16-30 Railcard

    Some unsurprising news, which will save a few quid for my generation... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42052750
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    Priti Patel

    Quite brilliantly, around 20,000 folk are watching the doomed International Development Secretary's flight back to Heathrow, of which where she is due to be summoned to Number 10 to be issued with her P45 this afternoon: for several breaches of the Cabinet Code of Conduct. I beg however that...
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    Birmingham on course to Host 2022 Commonwealth Games

    A very good job Birmingham City Centre has 3 train stations, as 2022 is set to see just a small rise in tourists... Thrilled about this - just hope they clear the rubbish!
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    Railway Related Music/Songs

    A question which has posed on my mind for quite time: what are the tracks which remind you of / IYO suit the railway? Whether they are songs that you may listen whilst on a HST at 100mph, or just remind you our network, I'm intrigued to know. My 4 tracks would be The King and All of His Men...
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    Six Men Charged in relation to the Hillsborough Disaster

    6 Men formally CHARGED by the CPS! They are: http://www.cps.gov.uk/news/latest_news/hillsborough-charging-decisions/ Duckenfield charged with 95 counts of Manslaughter - he will be in court separately with other heading to the dock in August

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