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A consortium consisting of FirstGroup and Italian firm Trenitalia is to take over the running of the West Coast mainline train route, connecting London Euston to Glasgow Central, from December, replacing Virgin Trains, which was barred from bidding to keep the route. The new partnership will operate in two phases. The first will run from 8 December to March 2026, when First Trenitalia will operate the existing InterCity West Coast services. The second phase will run from March 2026 to March 2031, when it will operate the HS2 high-speed rail service.
Work on the redevelopment of Kidderminster station has reached an important stage with the demolition of the old station building now completed. Photographs showing the various stages of the redevelopment can be viewed on this website by clicking on the date to the left.
Grant Shapps, MP for Welwyn Hatfield, has been appointed Minister of State for Transport by new PM Boris Johnson. He replaces Chris Grayling who was sacked earlier today. It is hoped that Mr Shapps proves to be a better Transport Minister than his predecessor, whose tenure of the position has been criticised universally.
Keith Williams, the chair of an independent review of the UK’s railways says government involvement should be limited and a “Fat Controller” type figure should be put in charge of day-to-day operations. Keith Williams told the BBC he doesn’t believe the Department for Transport should manage the rail system and that government involvement should be limited to overall policy and budget decisions. Williams says the creation of an individual or organisation in charge of the entire system would be key to “regaining public trust” – something that was damaged by severe disruption in the north and south following the introduction of a new timetable in May 2018.