UK railway news round-up


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This week’s railway round-up LNER announce a new rail fares system aimed at saving passengers costs of up to £73 and are we finally getting a glimpse of the future for railways with solar power?

LNER to trial simpler rail fares

A new rail fares system will be introduced for journeys between London and Leeds, Newcastle and Edinburgh in a trial saving passengers up to £73 per trip, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced.

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London North Eastern Railway (LNER) will replace off-peak return tickets for the routes with single tickets which cost nearly half the price, beginning in January 2020.

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Rail line becomes world’s first to be powered by solar farm

The world’s first solar farm to power a railway line directly is set to plug into a track in Aldershot, Hampshire, paving the way for solar-powered trains in the future.

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Around 100 solar panels have been installed at a site trackside, and will supply renewable electricity to power the signalling and lights on Network Rail’s Wessex route.

Network Rail’s 30kW pilot scheme could trigger a larger scale project capable of directly powering trains on the route as early as next year.

Ministers ‘told HS2 was over-budget three years ago’

Ministers knew HS2 was over-budget at least three years ago, it has been reported.

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The warning was given in May 2016, two months after legislation for the first stretch of the line was approved by MPs, according to the BBC.

A Department for Transport (DfT) spokesman said HS2 is Europe’s biggest construction programme and “like all major, complex projects, delivery plans evolve over time”.

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RMT boss warns of more strikes following re-election

The leader of the biggest rail workers union has followed up his re-election with a warning that a wave of strikes and other forms of industrial action will go ahead.

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Mick Cash won the support of thousands of transport workers to serve another five years as general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union.

The first action will be a four-day walkout by RMT members at South Western Railway from Friday in the long-running guards on trains dispute.

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Mick Cash. Photo: PA Wire

Railway engineers turned dog rescuers on West Coast main line

Bank holiday railway engineers turned dog rescuers after a wayward pooch found her way on to the tracks on the West Coast main line.

Asha the dog was spotted by Network Rail workers wandering on Europe’s busiest mixed-use railway line at Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, on Bank Holiday Monday.

Ben Johnson, one of the Network Rail track engineers turned dog rescuers, said: “When we spotted the dog we all downed tools to try to stop her running on to the slow lines, which still had trains moving on them.

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