Virgin Trains calls for airline-style fares and seating for all

Unions say proposal is a ‘recipe for chaos’ and a ‘mirror of the deregulated bus market’Virgin Trains has called for a new national rail ticketing system with airline-style fares and reserved seats for every passenger on long distance services, ending …

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Exit of Virgin Trains leaves behind a muddle over pension liabilities | Nils Pratley

Ministers should have been much clearer about who was on the hook for a £6bn deficitThe disappearance of Virgin Trains from the UK’s railways isn’t a cause for national mourning, however much Sir Richard Branson might wish otherwise. He had a very prof…

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Virgin trains will vanish from UK after ban on Stagecoach’s bids

DfT disqualifies partner from west coast, south eastern and east Midlands processes in pensions rowVirgin trains will disappear from Britain’s railways within 12 months after it was blocked from renewing its west coast franchise.The Department for Tran…

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Sadiq Khan pushes for tube-style services on London’s railways

Mayor wants TfL to take over suburban tracks and stations to deliver more trains per hourSadiq Khan has asked to take control of railway tracks and stations in London to pave the way for high-frequency services.Transferring responsibility for the infra…

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HS2 gives the game away: the plan for northern towns is managed decline | Lynsey Hanley

The high-speed rail network may never be built any further north than Birmingham. It is utterly nonsensicalYesterday, on the day a report from the New Economics Foundation comprehensively exposed the HS2 project as a London-boosting white elephant, I f…

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