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Revised plans for former Daw Mill Colliery revealed

Revised plans for turning the former Daw Mill Colliery in north Warwickshire into a 'low-density rail hub' have been revealed.

The site would be used by a company related to the rail industry to manufacture goods and then distribute them, using trains to carry products to and from the site.

Dawmill Colliery in 2012 before it closed Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Harworth Estates, the company planning to redevelop the site, revised their planning application after community groups, local residents and councillors expressed their views on the plans.

Changes to the planned development include:

  • Reducing the size of the overall built development by nearly two-thirds to 265,000 sq ft
  • Cutting the proposed amount of traffic to and from the site
  • Reducing the number of HGV movements to around 50 per day

Harworth is holding an open public consultation event on Tuesday 14 July from 5.00pm-8.00pm at Nether Whitacre Village Hall, Station Road, where it will reveal plans in more detail.


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No New Year cheer for commuters as rail fares rise

Commuters across the Midlands have returned to work in 2014 with an annual annoyance - public transport fare increases.

Ticket prices on trains, trams, and buses across the region all went up this morning - a yearly season ticket from Birmingham to London has increased by more than £150.

Rail fares have risen an average of 3.1% across the country, a cost campaigners say commuters can't cope with. Chris Halpin reports.


Commuters say rail fare increase is 'inevitable'

Commuters in the Midlands face higher rail fares from today as prices are raised across the country.

Passengers at Derby train station said they didn't see how people would be able to cope with the price hike because wages were not increasing at the same time.

One man said: "The increase, it's inevitable isn't it, I don't think it's justified. Rail fares are expensive enough as it is train companies seem to be making a lot of money, I just think there's no need for these increases."

Increase in rail fares for passengers from today

Passengers returning to work after the festive break face an increase in rail fares from today.

East Midlands Trains has put its prices up Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

East Midlands Trains has put its prices up by an average of 2.6%, that's an extra 36p on a single journey.

In the Chancellor's Autumn Statement last month, George Osbourne announced that train companies would be able to increase prices by a maximum of 3.1%.

Unions: 'Commuters will feel the pinch' of fare increase

With an increase in rail fares from tomorrow, rail unions have warned about the high cost of rail travel in the UK compared with the rest of Europe.

Jason Torrance, policy director of sustainable transport organisation Sustrans, said:

The Chancellor's move to bring an end to the inflation-busting fare rises we've seen over the last decade shows a recognition that rising transport costs are a barrier to economic recovery.

But commuters will still feel the pinch this new year because salaries aren't increasing by anywhere near the level of inflation. If transport remains so prohibitively expensive, we will continue to restrict travel choices and opportunities to access essential services and employment.

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