Train commuters are set to be hit by a series of strikes in the run-up to Christmas in a long-running dispute over guards on trains. Northern members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union have agreed to continue industrial action every Saturday through December. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Steve Hedley, senior assistant general secretary of the RMT Union.
Train commuters condemned 2018 rail fire price increases which have been estimated to average 3.4 per cent. The Department of Transport say the price rises are capped in line with inflation and will improve the network but protest have been organised in Sheffield and across the UK. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to train commuters and Sheffield Labour Councillor Ben Miskell.
The RMT union are planning a series of 24 hour rail strikes in January in a long-running row over driver-only trains, the role of guards and the safety of passengers and railworkers. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield Green Party responded to recent consultations on the East Midlands Rail franchise renewal with a set of demands for greener transport including electrification. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Douglas Johnson, Green Party councillor for City Ward.
Environmental campaigners arrived at Sheffield rail station carrying a giant electrical plug on a journey from Bedford having made several stops en route. They are calling on the Government to reverse a decision in July to cancel plans to electrify the Midland Mainline beyond Kettering, a move which would have reduced air pollution and carbon emissions. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to Hannah Wakney of Leicester Friends of the Earth.
Sheffield Chamber of Commerce has given a broad welcome to the decision to bring HS2 to Sheffield’s central train station. Executive director Richard Wright told Sheffield Live! that it was vital that HS2 be integrated with the existing rail network and Transport for the North, originally called HS3. Baillor Jalloh reports.
Lib Dem group leader on Sheffield Council, Shaffaq Mohammed, confirmed cross party support in Sheffield for the just announced HS2 route via Sheffield’s central train station. The high speed route will offer twice hourly journeys from central Sheffield to London. The news has been broadly welcomed by businesses and the public but there are some that oppose the decision with houses set to be lost in the process. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
Government has announced that Sheffield city centre train station has been approved for connection to the high-speed rail route HS2. The route will provide two trains an hour between Sheffield and London. The decision has been welcomed local businesses and politicians. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Since the publication of plans for HS2, the high speed rail line, it has emerged that one of the options to connect Sheffield runs through the Parklands Riding School in the village of Aston. Sheffield commuters are still waiting for confirmation as to which Sheffield station will be chosen with many locals hoping that trains will come Sheffield Central station or to Meadowhall, but an alternative route to the east of the city is thought to be preferred by the HS2 team. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to Richard Samson, director of Parklands Riding School.
A train with a difference will be able to take people around Sheffield City Centre until Christmas Eve. The road train goes from Tudor Square down to Moor Foot and then back up again.