In The News | 2nd February 2023 | Latest Rail News

In The News | 2nd February 2023 | Latest Rail News

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InTheNews: The latest rail news for Thursday, February 2, 2023

Network Rail has made a “newly revised” offer to Britain’s largest rail workers’ union to try to unblock a longstanding dispute over wages, jobs and working conditions.

An article in The Guardian said Network Rail, which is responsible for rail, signaling and other rail infrastructure in England, Scotland and Wales, said it had some new proposals in the revised offer to the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) included.

The union, which represents signalers, maintenance workers and other Network Rail workers, said its board would study the details of the offer.

An RMT spokesman added: “We will now consult with members through industry and regional meetings. An update on our next steps will be released in due course.”

According to HS2 Ltd, ‘Florence’ and ‘Cecilia’, the two giant tunneling machines digging the longest tunnels on the high-speed rail project, are halfway through their 10-mile journey beneath the Chilterns.

The massive 2,000 tonne machines have spent the last 18 months excavating the twin tunnels between the M25 and South Heath in Buckinghamshire, which will help protect the environment while improving links between London, Birmingham and the North.

As well as digging and lining the tunnels, engineers have also completed the excavation of five shafts which will provide ventilation and emergency access near Chalfont St Peter, Chalfont St Giles, Amersham, Little Missenden and Chesham Road.

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Stretching from Reading and Heathrow in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, the Elizabeth line has now seen more than a hundred million journeys since it opened in May 2022.

Transport for London (TfL) data also shows that ridership on the line is currently ahead of expectations at around 600,000 journeys a day, meaning the railway is one of the busiest in the UK and is on track to be up To break even at the end of the 2023/24 financial year.

The data clearly shows the popularity of the capital’s newest transport option and the benefits of investing in transport in London.

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A historic railway station in Essex is to be demolished under plans approved by Uttlesford District Council more than 70 years after rail services ceased.

An article on Essex Live states that Felsted station on Station Road opened in April 1883 for the Great Eastern Railway.

The station was on an important line used during World War II, with thousands of tons of rubble being transported through the station.

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