9 August: news in brief

Network Rail apologises for West Coast disruption

NETWORK RAIL is apologising to passengers who have been delayed by failures of signals and overhead power lines on the West Coast Main Line. There was major disruption at London Euston last night (Thursday) after a signal failure near the station. Overhead power lines were also damaged along a 40-metre stretch near Stone, while a second OHLE failure in a tunnel near Tile Hill is expected to disrupt services between Birmingham and Coventry for the rest of today.

Interrail exit decision reversed

THE Rail Delivery Group has reversed a decision to leave the Interrail scheme. When announced, the development prompted a backlash on social media and transport secretary Grant Shapps also called for a rethink, while TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes branded the move as ‘small minded’ and ‘nonsense’. Robert Nisbet of the RDG said: ‘Britain’s train companies never wanted to leave Interrail. Following the strong reaction to news of our departure we and Eurail, the company which runs Interrail, renewed talks. We are pleased to be able to tell passengers that we have reached an agreement.’

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