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Phase 1 of new Wolverhampton station opens

THE first phase of Wolverhampton’s new station has opened as part of a £150 million interchange for trains, trams and buses. The railway station was already close to the existing bus station, and an extension of the tramway from the original terminus at St George’s will also bring trams to

Monday essay: Off the rails?

In spite of the present problems, the Department for Transport is moving ahead with plans to reopen some railways – or at least, to fund more detailed proposals. Sim Harris has been looking at some newly-published DfT ‘Guidance’, and finds that it lacks some details. THE Department for Transport rather

Pacers delivered to Gobowen for Cambrian Heritage Railways

Cambrian Heritage Railways (CHR) has acquired a pair of Class 144 Pacer diesel railbuses from Porterbrook leasing. Nos. 144006/7 travelled under their own power by rail to Gobowen from the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway on Friday, May 22, saving four separate lorry moves. <img data-attachment-id="14806" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="" data-orig-size="899,586" data-comments-opened="0" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}"

Boost for North Wales Metro plans

 A GRANT of just over £3.5 million to boost the development of North Wales Metro has been announced by the Welsh Government. The funding is part of £30 million being allocated to nearly forty local transport improvements in Wales. The Metro money, £3.531 million, will be used for 10 schemes

Railway staff praised for life-saving actions

STAFF at Govia Thameslink Railway have been praised for their work to help vulnerable passengers, whose needs are greater than usual because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The greatest risk is posed by suicidal people, and GTR staff have acted upon advice and training from the Samaritans charity to intervene 45

Redundant train catering food helps those in need

FOOD worth £5,000 has been donated by TransPennine Express and supplier Rail Gourmet to organisations which help people in need. The food has become surplus because catering services on board trains have been suspended. The organisations to benefit include The Parkland Hotel in Manchester, which looks after homeless men, and

21 May: news in brief

Four out of ten still wary of public transport, says survey FOUR out of ten people say they won’t use public transport again until they feel safe, according to a new survey carried out by Transport Focus. The latest survey of 2,000 respondents found that the number of people happy to

20 May: news in brief

Rail graffiti attacks rise during lockdown THE number of rail vehicles being attacked by graffiti vandals has risen since the lockdown started in March, according to West Midlands Trains. The latest of a number of incidents affecting WMT trains and depots was discovered at Coventry yesterday. WMT said the vandalism meant