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Government gives green light to High Speed 2

The Government has today announced the go-ahead for High Speed 2. Whilst there may be some changes from the original proposals, the main elements of the scheme have been approved.…

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West Coast Partnership Launched

The new West Coast Partnership, now branded as Avanti West Coast, began operations on 8 December 2019. A formal launch was held on Monday 9 December at various locations between…

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High Speed 2 Review Details Announced

The Department of Transport has announced details of previously announced review into High Speed 2, prior to a go / no-go decision being taken by the end of the year.…

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West Coast Partnership Franchisee Announced

The Department for Transport today announced First / Trenitalia as the successful bidder for the West Coast Partnership. The new franchise will start on 9 December 2019. The new operator…

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West Coast Partnership Franchise

Despite Government announcements on 10 April that the new West Coast Partnership franchise would be awarded in June, the winning bidder was still not known as of 24 July. As…

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West Coast Main Line All Party Parliamentary Group

The latest meeting of the West Coast Main Line All Party Parliamentary Group was held on 26 June at 1 Parliament Street, London, chaired by John Stevenson (MP for Carlisle).…

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New Services Between Blackpool and London

Grand Central confirmed on 24 June plans to operate services between Blackpool North and London Euston starting in Spring 2020. The services will run under “open access” arrangements, and were…

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WCR250 General Council Meeting

The General Council (open to all members) met on 6 June in Stockport. Presentations were received from the Department for Transport, Transport for the North, Virgin Trains, TransPennine Express and…

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