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Outrage as Metro trains outsourced to Switzerland

1 February 2020

Manufacturing union Unite has slammed the government over its commitment to British train manufacturing after a £337 milion contract for new Tyne & Wear metro trains was been awarded to a Swiss company.

Rail franchise system in meltdown

10 January 2020

As the rail industry waits for the publication of the Williams Review, the current franchise system continues to collapse under the weight of its many contradictions.

New year rail fare rise for passengers

10 January 2020

This week British rail fares rose up to 2.7 per cent while German national rail company Deutsche Bahn made its tickets 10 per cent cheaper for long-distance traffic.

Cancel Dutch ScotRail contract, says RMT

21 September 2019

With anger growing at the service failures Abellio ScotRail, members and supporters of the RMT union marched through Glasgow to the company HQ and on to the Scottish Government offices .

Bristolians campaign for better trains

11 June 2019

Like many cities Bristol needs better public transport. Bristolians have been doing something about that with a long running campaign for an improved local train service.

London Overground ticket offices saved

25 April 2019

Rail unions were claiming victory over the Easter weekend after the announcement that 47 of the 51 ticket offices slated for closure on London Overground will be retained.

The EU's hand in the privatisation of rail

The fragmentation of Britain’s railways has its roots in an EEC directive (91/440/EEC) handed down in 1991. This directive decreed the separation of infrastructure from train operations, with the express purpose of creating a competitive market. It was the blueprint used by John Major for the Conservative government’s privatisation of Britain’s railways from 1994 to 1996.

Northern Trains - progress on guards

11 February 2019

RMT members on Northern Trains look to have brought their two-year dispute over guards on trains to a successful conclusion. Talks will now take place to put an agreement into practice.

RMT in Westminster rally over guards

26 April 2018

A national protest against Driver Only Operation outside Parliament on 25 April drew rail workers and union banners from many towns and regions across the country.

US private equity muscles in on rail

16 April 2018

American private equity firm Apollo Management has made a bid for one of Britain’s largest bus and rail companies, First Group, which has rebuffed the initial bid.

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