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Garforth station set for major refurbishment

Garforth train station is to receive a major refurbishment in order to make it more accessible. Campaigners have been pushing for money to allow disabled passengers to have full access to the platforms.

The local MP, Alec Shelbrooke, says the government has now promised Garforth will be part of a £100m round of funding across Britain to improve accessibility.


Hopes new safety train will cut down on rail tresspassing

A special "safety train" has been set up on a Nottinghamshire rail route to stop the rising number of young people trespassing on the track.

The 30-mile stretch which ends in Worksop will be patrolled by police and rail officials, after figures revealed railway trespass rises during school holidays.

Anyone spotted on the tracks could face a prison sentence or hefty fine - as Hannah Stokes reports.

Rail unions seek review over East Coast privatisation

Three rail unions are calling for a judicial review into the Government's decision to privatise the East Coast mainline.

Review requested into East Coast privatisation Credit: Press Association

ASLEF, RMT and TSSA believe that their members’ jobs and conditions, as well as the interests of passengers and taxpayers, are threatened by the Government’s failure to adequately consult over the future of East Coast.

The unions have significant concerns that despite the Brown review of rail franchising recommending that the procurement for rail franchise should take place over a minimum of 24 months, the Government is rushing through the privatisation of East Coast

They argue that, in its haste to push services back into the private sector, the Government has cut corners, including breaching its own commitment to proper consultation of stakeholders, including passenger groups and the rail unions.

ASLEF, RMT and TSSA are conscious of the disastrous end to the InterCity East Coast franchises run by GNER and National Express as well as the Department for Transport mistakes in the InterCity West Coast franchising competition.

The Unions are concerned that there is again the risk that overbidding by private operators and inadequate and rushed evaluation of the bids will, as on previous occasions, lead to cuts to staff and services and even the franchise collapsing again.

Work planned for Selby rail bridge

Network Rail will begin significant refurbishment on Selby's rail swing bridge this summer.

The work means many services to and from Hull will be disrupted between 26 July and 8 September.

Engineers will refurbish the structure itself and the hydraulics on the swing span during the project.

We’re investing £8m on steelwork repairs, work to the hydraulics on the swing span, waybeam replacements and wholesale grit blasting and painting of the entire structure. Once the work is completed the structure should be maintenance free for 25 years and we will be able to run trains at line speed, removing a speed restriction. I thank passengers for their patience while we complete these essential works.

– Phil Verster. Network Rail


Proposals made for electrification of Hull's railway

A delegation of MPs, councillors and business groups has met with Transport Secretary to make a case for the electrification of the rail line between Selby and Hull.

A financial plan using public and private money has been made and the cross party group of politicians is pushing for the work to be done in time for Hull's year as UK City of Culture in 2017.

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