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UK railway news round-up


Welcome to The Railway Hub’s weekly round-up of the latest railway news.

This week we cover Stephenson’s Rocket returning to the National Railway Museum, a senseless attack at a tube station in London, a Caledonian sleeper service strike and a UN report that claims hundreds of miles of coastal railways are at risk of flooding by 2100.

Caledonian sleeper services to be cancelled as staff confirm strike action

The Caledonian Sleeper train crosses Rannoch Viaduct on the scenic West Highland Line railway in the Scottish Highlands. Credit: Joe Dunckley

Caledonian Sleeper services are to be cancelled after staff confirmed planned industrial action will take place.

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The RMT union claims members have been put under “intolerable” stress as a result of mismanagement and said operators Serco did not address concerns that were raised – leading to strike action and action short of a strike.

After the action was confirmed by the union on Tuesday, a statement on the Caledonian Sleeper website said services on Sunday September 29 and Monday September 30 would be cancelled.

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Stephenson’s Rocket unveiled at National Railway Museum for 10-year stay

Lead Conservator Wendy Somerville-Woodiwis unveils Stephenson’s Rocket at its new home, the National Railway Museum in York, where it will be on display until April next year. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The original 1829 steam locomotive Stephenson’s Rocket can be seen from today at the National Railway Museum’s new Brass, Steel and Fire exhibition.

Rocket joins legends of the steam age such as Mallard and Flying Scotsman as the historic locomotive goes on long-term display at the National Railway Museum in York.

It will be displayed at the museum for at least a decade – initially as part of a new exhibition called Brass, Steel and Fire. Rocket will eventually be one of the stars of the museum’s redeveloped Great Hall, which is part of the museum’s £55m ‘Vision 2025’ masterplan.

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Man stabbed to death at tube station was football fan heading to match

Police outside Hillingdon underground station in London, where a murder investigation has been launched after a man was stabbed to death. Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

A 20-year-old football fan who was stabbed to death in a “senseless attack” at a Tube station has been named by police.

Tashan Daniel was killed at Hillingdon station just before 4pm on Tuesday as he waited for a train with his friend on their way to an Arsenal match.

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British Transport Police (BTP) said two other men provoked a fight with the pair, during which one stabbed Tashan in front of horrified passengers.

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Tube drivers to launch industrial action over noise levels

Drivers on parts of London Underground are to launch a campaign of industrial action after complaining about the level of noise on the tracks.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union on the Jubilee, Central, Northern and Victoria Lines voted by 95% in favour of taking action.

The union announced that action will start on sections of the lines on October 10, to include driving at an “appropriate reduced speed to mitigate the creation of excessive noise and to alleviate the distraction, discomfort and anxiety caused in the affected areas”.

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UN report claims hundreds of miles of coastal railways are at risk of flooding by 2100

Dawlish Devon England with beach railway track and sea on blue sky summer day

A new report from the UN is set to warn of the impacts that coastal communities around the world are facing from rising seas, increasing storms and changes to the oceans.

The UK is not immune: the Committee on Climate Change warned last year that some 1.2 million homes in England will be at risk of coastal flooding and 100,000 properties will be threatened by eroding coastlines by the 2080s.

Already homes and infrastructure are being hit and hundreds of miles of major roads and railway lines, dozens of railway stations and even historic landfill sites would be at risk at the coasts by 2100, a report from the committee warned.

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