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Planned industrial action on Northern rail services

With thanks to Metro. Passengers advised to avoid unnecessary journeys and to plan ahead. Planned industrial action by RMT Union members. The 24-hour strike runs between midnight Sunday 12 and midnight Monday 13 March, with some disruption also expected first thing on Tuesday 14 March as service patterns re-form. Please note that services will generally not start before 7am, with

Written on 8th March 2017Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in News, Transport

Progress of HS2 Bill welcomed


Leeds Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the passing of part of the HS2 parliamentary bill (23 Feb). Phase 1 of the process, allowing the London – Birmingham section to commence, has received royal assent in Parliament, giving reassurance that work can commence.  Construction will now begin on schedule in the spring. Today also saw the launch of schemes totalling £70

Written on 24th February 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Chamber News, Construction, Media, News, Policy & lobbying, Transport

Intercity train company urges Pokémon Go fans to stay safe


Train company TransPennine Express (TPE) is urging people to stay safe when playing popular smartphone craze, Pokémon Go. There have been reports of players capturing virtual Pokémon characters on-board trains and at railway stations with the game proving to be a big distraction from what’s going on around them.   The train company is advising players to concentrate on their

Written on 29th July 2016Kalpna Mistry. Published in Members news, Transport

Customers voice high level of satisfaction for TransPennine Express


Inter-city rail operator, TransPennine Express (TPE) has seen its overall customer satisfaction rating increase to 87 per cent. The research took place between 19 January and 29 March 2016 and TPE’s overall result improved by two per cent when compared with the findings from the same time last year. The results are taken from the spring 2016 National Rail Passenger

Written on 5th July 2016Kalpna Mistry. Published in Members news, Transport

Unite Reject Above Inflation Pay Offer and Take Strike Action


A new pay offer negotiated between First Leeds and Unite with the assistance of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), has been rejected at a union branch meeting meaning strike action will hit tens of thousands of people in Leeds on Monday. The offer made on Wednesday 8 June was reached following 4 hours of constructive talks between representatives

Written on 10th June 2016Kalpna Mistry. Published in News, Transport

Travel and transport guidance issued for Triathlon in Leeds

triathlon cyclists

More information and guidance around travel and transport has been released ahead of next week’s Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds. All eyes will be on Leeds on June 11-12 as the city hosts a leg of the prestigious ITU World Triathlon Series for the first time, with the event being part of UK Sport’s National Lottery funded #EveryRoadtoRio campaign. The

Written on 8th June 2016Kalpna Mistry. Published in News, Transport

First Leeds Bus strikes on Monday 13th


Business drivers and customer hosts at Hunslet Park and Bramley will strike over pay on Monday. First Leeds Bus will meet with unions today to try and resolve the issue but if an agreement is not reached, the strike is set to cause massive disruption to travelers across Leeds and the Service 72 to/from Bradford. View details here.  

Written on 8th June 2016Kalpna Mistry. Published in News, Transport

Chamber responds to cancellation of NGT

Leeds-Chamber-President comments on NGT

Following the announcement that the proposed trolley bus will no longer be going ahead, Leeds Chamber president, Gerald Jennings responded by saying: “It is disappointing that after a further decade in the planning Leeds continues to remain the only major UK city without any kind of mass transit system. We would urge the government to maintain its commitment to Leeds

Written on 12th May 2016Kalpna Mistry. Published in Chamber News, News, Policy & lobbying, Transport

Thomas Cook launches new Leeds Bradford Airport programme


Thomas Cook is starting services to Faro, Naples, Mahon, Tenerife, Larnaca and Alicante with Monarch from Leeds Bradford Airport in summer 2017, as well as operating flights to Palma with Evelop Airlines, to meet the regional demand from holidaymakers across West Yorkshire. Thomas Cook’s Aviation Director, James Burrows, said: “One of the things that makes Thomas Cook holidays stand out

Written on 15th April 2016Kalpna Mistry. Published in Members news, News, Transport