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EUROPE: The coronavirus pandemic continues to have a heavy impact across the rail sector, according to the Community of European Railway & Infrastructure Companies Covid Impact Tracker.
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A family's determination to pull together has helped one of Troons best-known businesses survive and thrive during lockdown.

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Troon: Virtually empty car park at Troon station on 15th October 2020. Mid-afternoon on a normal Thursday you would be lucky to find a space.
Colin Miller 15/10/2020


Troon: Quiet period on the northbound platform at Troon on 3 May 2007.
John Furnevel 03/05/2007

Avanti West Coast employees feature in National Railway Museum's exhibition, which recognises efforts of railway workers during coronavirus crisis.
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Train services were at their busiest this week since September last year.
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Network Rail is today launching an art competition that will celebrate rail travel and the destinations people have missed travelling to during lockdown over the last year.

The competition titled 'Wish I Was There' invites art students from across Britain to create and submit pieces of artwork that conjures up images of the places that they have been looking forward to visiting- whether it be a town, city or beach, a shopping street or even just a pub or a park - a place that means something special to them.
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Good news as steam railway tourist got another cash boost to help it recover from the Covid pandemic.
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Alston: 'Barber', an 0-6-0ST built by Greens of Leeds (441/1908), photographed at Alston on the South Tynedale Railway on 22 July 2017. Note the new station roof, bought with the help of National Lotte ...
Peter Todd 22/07/2017

Scotlands rail operator urged customers to plan ahead to stay safe as travel restrictions are lifted.
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The constant circulation of air by the ventilation system on Greater Manchester's light rail vehicles helps to limit the risk of aerosol transmission of viruses, an independent study has found.
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Government needs to attract people back to public transport - CBT.
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Glasgow subway has now added UV sanitisers to all its escalator handrails.

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The Shields Ferry is to return to a full timetable following the latest stage in the Governments easing of lockdown.
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Open access operator Hull Trains returns from third hibernation.
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Demand for domestic getaways has soared ahead of Monday, when self-contained accommodation such as campsites and holiday lets can reopen.
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Children as young as twelve have been travelling from train networks in Glasgow across the country despite the currentcoronavirus lockdown.

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The pandemic has saved ScotRail more than £1 million in compensation payments.
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Projects tackling social issues arising from COVID-19 in west coast communities have been awarded funding from the CalMac Community Fund.
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Further government funding has been agreed to ensure the continued operation of English urban rail services while ridership is severely reduced as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Travel as we knew it stopped a year ago - and is unlikely to return in the same form. But new trends are already emerging
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Bus travel is returning to pre-pandemic levels much faster than rail in Britain, bosses revealed today as people go back to using buses for their 'everyday jobs' such as shopping and going to school.
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New data reveals shocking 40% increase in youth trespass incidents after public emerged from first national lockdown

Shocking stats reveal that the lifting of lockdown in July 2020 prompted a surge in the number of trespass incidents across the rail network.
TV personality Nadia Sawalha joins Network Rail and British Transport Police in urging parents to discuss rail safety with their children before British Summer Time starts.
New safety film - Parallel Lines - launched and will be broadcast into schools on 18 March by Network Rail's education partner LearnLive.

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Two workers at the company which supplies train operators such as LNER have been called to disciplinary hearings days after The Scotsman revealed the caterer had told staff to make up symptoms to ensure they got Covid tests.
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The annual Steam and Vintage Fair, due to be held at Castle Fraser on June 19 and 20, has been postponed due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
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Almost £1 billion of emergency support is set to have been pumped into ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper services by March next year.
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ScotRail is helping keep Scotland's coronavirus vaccination programme on track by providing free travel tickets to around 100 St Andrews First Aid volunteers.

That's in addition to the train operator's ongoing commitment to revise its timetables to make sure as many key workers as possible are able to use the train to get to and from their work.
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The Ferguson shipyard had to suspend operations twice to ensure safe working during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Newark Shipyard: 'Glen Sannox', Calmac's new ferry for the Ardrossan to Brodick route was launched from Ferguson's shipyard at Port Glasgow on a dreich 21st November 2017.
Malcolm Chattwood 21/11/2017

A passenger train has been converted into a rapid lateral flow COVID-19 testing station for railway staff.
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With its existing Emergency Measures Agreement due to expire at the end of March, ScotRail has confirmed that is currently in discussions with the Scottish Government about a third agreement.
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A union has attacked catering company Rail Gourmet for instructing staff to tell lies to ensure they got Covid tests.
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ScotRail have confiscated 10,000 tickets and handed out £17,000 in fines to lockdown fare-dodgers in the past few months. The rail firm is cracking down on customers taking advantage of reduced staff numbers during the pandemic to avoid paying the full price of their journey.
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Around one in 10 rail services should be cut while passenger numbers remain low, says Network Rail.
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If services are not clean and reliable, then passengers may not return warns Rail Minister.
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Following the governments February 22 announcement of a proposed timeline for easing coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England, open access operators Grand Central and Hull Trains have confirmed that they are to remain in 'hibernation' for the time being.
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Western Isles Council today formally rejectedthe proposals from Transport Scotland and their contractor CalMac to further reduce the limited winter timetable currently in place and delay a summer timetable indefinitely.

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Revellers at a Covid rules-defying party were fined and a man arrested after cops broke up the West End do.

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Over 180 rookie train drivers are being paid £27,000 a year to stay home amid Covid curbs. ScotRail recruits hired before the outbreak have been unable to qualify after training was hooked.
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The Scottish Government paid ScotRail £237.3m more subsidy between March and September last year than the corresponding period of the previous year because of Covid-19. Transport Scotland paid operator Abellio £475.1m during the Emergency Measures Agreement that operated from 1 March to September. This is twice the £237.8 paid to the operator for the corresponding period of 2019.
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ScotRail is going the extra mile to make sure key and essential workers are able to get home after their shifts finish.

Following customer feedback, the train operator is making changes to the reduced timetable introduced earlier this month to reflect a 90 per cent fall in the number of passengers.

The revised timetable, that delivers better value for the taxpayer, is part of ScotRail's strategy to provide critical services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The RMT trade union has written to the government calling for a suspension of on-train revenue protection and ticket inspection duties at all Train Operating Companies for the duration of the coronavirus lockdown.
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ScotRail is working on overhauling its ticketing options as it expects post-pandemic travel patterns to be dramatically altered.
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Temporary exhibition at National Railway Museum and Locomotion to recognise railway key workers
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Caledonian MacBrayne have issued a reminder that those using their ferry services should only be doing so for essential travel.
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A Dunfermline key worker has hit out after his train was cancelled when ScotRail reduced their services at the beginning of the month.
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Glasgow subway workers are self-isolating after an outbreak of Covid-19 cases among SPT staff.

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Concerns have been voiced over the amount of rail crimes committed during the lockdown.
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EUROPE: Railways in the European Union lost a total of 26bn in revenue in 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to data collected by the Community of European Railway & Infrastructure Companies.
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