First Great Western cleaners in second walkout over pay

Cleaners on First Great Western (FGW) trains are embarking on their second 24-hour strike today (Friday 25 October) over pay and contracts.

Members of the RMT union working for sub-contractors MITIE on First Great Western are walking out in a dispute over a 2% pay offer and zero hours contracts.

In a statement, the union described the action as a "fight for a living wage and...

Generous Plymouth parents fund travelling student lifestyles

CrossCountry launches student competition to find travel savvy bloggers

Parents in Plymouth are regularly funding their children’s travel home from university and are willing to pay over the odds to help broaden their horizons.

Over the course of a year Plymouth parents say they spend more than £500 broadening their child’s horizons with more than half (58%) splashing out on...

First Great Western secures new deal to operate train services in the south west

The government has announced that First Great Western Ltd will continue to operate trains between London Paddington and the south west until September 2015.

First Group's First Great Western (FGW) company has reached agreement with the government to continue running the franchise to operate trains between London Paddington, the Cotswolds, south Wales and the south west.


Labour makes train wifi guarantee

Local Labour figures have welcomed the commitment given by the Shadow Transport Secretary to include wifi on trains if Labour wins the 2015 General Election.

Shadow Transport Secretary, Maria Eagle MP, visited Plymouth in July and discussed the importance of wifi on trains with local Labour figures. Plymouth Labour had stated that securing a commitment for free wifi on trains in the...

Government announces flexible train ticketing trial

The government will invest in a trial of flexible ticketing as part of its drive to give commuters a better deal on the railways, Rail Minister Norman Baker announced today (16 September 2013).

The Department for Transport will run a competition next year to select a train operator to run a pilot on a busy commuter route into London so it can assess the benefits.


Council plans to make West Devon better connected

Residents in West Devon are being asked for their views on proposals to reopen the railway between Tavistock and Bere Alston. Devon County Council wants to reinstate the section of railway, which closed in the 1960s, to help minimise the impact of traffic resulting from planned development to the south and south-west of Tavistock, including 750 new homes.

The proposals include the...

Extra investment needed for the South West's main line

A national rail investment programme claiming to be the largest since the Victorian age has no funding allocated for the South West's mainline.

Just days after the flood waters have receded from the tracks following a catastrophic failure of the network, Network Rail unveiled their £37.5 billion investment…for everywhere else.

Of the five billion to be invested in the western...