Underground disruption continues

Services on most London Underground lines are disrupted, with no services on some sections. A good service is running only on the Central and Victoria Lines. The problems are the result of yesterday’s strike by 10,000 RMT members in a dispute over jobs and pensions. TfL has denied that either is at risk, but the RMT claims cutbacks will be imposed as a condition of government funding support. Another 24-hour strike has been called for tomorrow, and disruption is expected to continue on Friday.

Welcome for new tram and light rail funding

The government’s decision to provide a further £150 million for tram, light rail and buses outside London has been welcomed by the industry. The DfT said the new funding is the ‘final tranche of pandemic related support’, and it runs until October. David Sidebottom of watchdog Transport Focus said: ‘The many millions of people who rely on trams and metros will welcome the news. Operators and local authorities must continue to work together to attract passengers back. Maintaining an attractive network for the longer term will be vital for delivering the government’s aims on climate change.’

High speed placements for Midlands students

University students who live in the Midlands are being offered the chance to join HS2 on paid work placements this summer. HS2’s construction partner Balfour Beatty Vinci is launching the new undergraduate programme so that students can gain work experience which is relevant to the subjects they are studying.

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