New funding for Manchester railways

Grant ++ Rail minister Huw Merriman has announced a grant of £72 million to improve railways in north west England. He revealed the new funding during a visit to Manchester Victoria. The money will pay for a third platform at Salford Crescent, track improvements in north Manchester, and extra entrances and exits at Manchester Victoria, which is Manchester’s second largest station and also provides a direct interchange with trams to the city centre, Bury, Oldham and Rochdale.

Scooters ++ Nearly all National Rail operators are banning e-scooters on their services, on the grounds that the batteries can catch fire. Greater Anglia head of safety, security and sustainability Matt Wakefield said: ‘We know that e-scooters have battery packs which vary greatly in quality. The decision has therefore been made to ban these items due to recent incidents elsewhere and the risks associated with them using faulty lithium batteries and catching fire.’

Reality plus ++ Transport for Wales has installed augmented reality maps of its six largest stations, to help passengers who are less confident about using trains. The new information is now available for Cardiff Central, Cardiff Queen Street, Newport, Chester, Shrewsbury and Pontypridd.

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