In The News: 21st September
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Ministers have today ended rail franchising after 24 years as the first step in bringing Britain’s fragmented network back together.
The Department for Transport says the new system, creating a simpler and more effective structure, will take shape over the coming months.
The first stage, today, is moving operators onto transitional contracts to prepare the ground for the new railways.
From this morning, franchising is replaced with more demanding Emergency Recovery Management Agreements.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps says the new deal demands more for passengers and will simplify people’s journeys, ending the uncertainty and confusion about whether you are using the right ticket or the right train company.
The Rail Delivery Group’s chief executive Paul Plummer says the transitional contracts should be a stepping-stone to a better railway.
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Tube stations could be renamed after companies under plans put forward by the Conservative London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey.
That’s according to the i paper, that writes that Mr Bailey has proposed a £100 million-a-year sponsorship deal to bolster investment in the capital’s public transport.
Under the plans, companies would be given the chance to bid to rename stations as part of a new advertising campaign inspired by the Dubai Metro.
Train firms are due to offer £1 fares under radical plans being considered by ministers to get Britons back on to the railways.
Other options according to the article in The Sunday Telegraph, are understood to include a blanket 20 per cent cut to off-peak tickets under industry-led ‘Head Out to Help Out’ proposals.
Finally, and a £1.2 million improvement scheme has been announced for Leamington railway station.
According to the Businessdesk.com, the programme of investment to the station forecourt and underpass will be delivered ahead of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Lawn Bowls and Para Bowls competitions, taking place at Royal Leamington Spa’s Victoria Park.
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