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Virgin heads to Blackpool and Shrewsbury direct

Virgin heads to Blackpool and Shrewsbury direct

18 December 2014

Introduced as part of a package of enhancements linked with the recent extension of the WCML franchise, Virgin will now offer customers direct trains to Shrewsbury (two out and back departures per day) and Blackpool (one round trip).

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New East Coast franchise signed

New East Coast franchise signed

16 December 2014.

The ECML contract deal between the Government and Inter City Railways, a venture between Stagecoach and Virgin, has been completed. The new franchise will begin on March 1, 2015.

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DBS invests in Barking Euro-Hub

DBS invests in Barking Euro-Hub

14 December 2014.

A new intermodal development in East London, linked to HS1, and principally designed to handle automotive imports and exports, is planned by DBS for completion in March 2015.

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GBRf calls for ‘intelligent electrification’

GBRf calls for ‘intelligent electrification’

6 December 2014.

Most electrification projects are designed to benefit passenger operators according the GBRf, which has suggested that wiring routes with heavy freight traffic such as Birmingham-Nuneaton could lead to a growing commitment by FOCs to new electric locomotives.

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Virgin and Stagecoach grab East Coast franchise

Virgin and Stagecoach grab East Coast franchise

27 November 2014.

It's goodbye Directly Operated Railways as the publically owned East Coast Main Line franchise returns to the private sector from March 2015 under the aegis of a Stagecoach-led group which will operate under the Virgin Trains East Coast brand.

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DBS wins gypsum contract extension

DBS wins gypsum contract extension

26 November 2014.

DB Schenker Rail UK has revealed that exceptional time-keeping has helped secure a two-year extension to its long-running contract with British Gypsum.

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First Ecofret triple-platform wagons arrive in Doncaster for GBRf

First Ecofret triple-platform wagons arrive in Doncaster for GBRf

20 November 2014.

A pair of new Ecofret three-unit container flats, the first of 17 sets, leased from VTG Rail UK have joined the GBRf intermodal fleet.

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GBRf looks towards Europe in new deal

GBRf looks towards Europe in new deal

10 November 2014.

GB Railfreight ran its first rail service through the Channel Tunnel for EPFEuroporte France (EPF) on November 3, 2014, on behalf of John G Russell, transporting containers from Dourges (France) to Barking (UK).

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'New Tube for London' revealed

'New Tube for London' revealed

14 October 2014.

To be introduced on the Bakerloo, Central, Picadilly and Waterloo & City lines from 2022, the 250 new walk-through trains, which will feature air-cooled carriages and improved accessibility, will change the face of travel on the Underground.

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Etches Park open day raises £20,000 for charity

Etches Park open day raises £20,000 for charity

14 October 2014.

East Midlands Trains' event at Derby Etches Park in September, part of celebrations to mark 175 years of Derby's railways, saw 3000 people through the doors and a record-breaking amount raised for charity.

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