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Feb 19, 2015
FOLLOWING the success of its previous event, Scottish Borders Business Forum is holding a second meeting on the Borders Railway and the opportunities for local businesses, titled “What do Borders businesses need to profit from the railway?”
The meeting, to take place at Scottish Borders Council Headquarters on Friday, March 6, has been scheduled to start at 11am to enable more tourism businesses to attend, particularly those involved with visitor accommodation. However, the event is open to all Scottish Borders businesses.
Guest speakers will again include Michael Moore MP, Councillor Stuart Bell, Scottish Borders Council’s Executive Member for Economic Development, and a representative of Abellio, the company which will operate the Borders Railway franchise from September.
Also speaking at the meeting will be Richard Landale, Managing Director of Kelso Races. He will be discussing the plans being developed by the company to make the most of the opportunities that the Borders Railway provides. Following the presentations there will be a question and answer session.
Jack Clark, chairman of Scottish Borders Business Forum, said: “Our last Borders Railway meeting was oversubscribed so we immediately set about planning another event. This second meeting ensures that as many businesses as possible in the Scottish Borders have the opportunity to find out information about the railway and can start to think about what they can do to capitalise on this unique opportunity.
“We have moved this meeting to later in the morning to try and attract more tourism-related businesses, as they in particular have a huge amount to gain from the Borders Railway. However, the meeting is open to all businesses and I would encourage those interested to sign up early to ensure that they can attend what we hope will be another hugely popular event.”
Source - border telegraph
Venad, Parashuram, Island, and Sabari express trains will be diverted via Alappuzha on February 21, 22, 28 and March 1.
Thiruvananthapuram: The Railway has announced that there will be a temporary change in the schedule and timings of trains running between Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam from today.
The changes will be in place until March 1 as maintenance works are on between Kuruppanathara and Vaikom Road stations near Kottayam.
Commuters helped each other jump from the 6-ft.high- compartments - Photo: K. Manikandan
"We have no idea, all we heard was a train has jumped out of the track, but do not know where," said a linemen duo, armed with tools and a can of grease.
At 10.45 a.m., at Velachery railway station, scores of employees were waiting to board the Chennai Beach-bound MRTS service. There was an unusual buzz in the air, a sense that everything was not quite all right. The Railways crew members on duty seemed especially anxious. Staff rushed in and out of the station master’s room making repeated announcements through the public address system, that was barely audible to commuters waiting on platform No. 1 and others seated in the 6-car train (No. 41048).
NEW DELHI: This year, the Railway Budget is being presented by a party with full majority in Parliament.
Today's Chanakya carried out an opinion poll study to understand and evaluate the requirements of railway passengers so that Indian Railways can improve in the direction of providing best assistance to its passengers. The research study conducted on a nationwide survey highlighted some of the below points to make our railways better to travel.
Not new trains but steps for better services in existing ones, refund on confirmed Tatkal tickets and cleanliness on long distance services are among the wish list of passengers from the Railway Budget, according to an opinion poll.
Quality of food and easy Tatkal ticket reservation are other areas for improvement highlighted by those surveyed by Today’s Chanakya, known for its almost exact predictions.
The survey was conducted among 6,854 people, who have travelled minimum three return journeys in train in the last one year out of which one journey was of minimum 1,000 km, between February 1 and 14. Those respondents belonged to 17 states including Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh,
Ahead of the Railway Budget, the demand for establishing the new railway zone between Guntur and Vijayawda has picked up momentum.
Many feel the zonal head quarters should have a central location to enable senior officials to reach any part of the zone without delay.
Lakshmi Machine Works Ltd., Periyanaickenpalayam, has come forward to renovate the Periyanaickenpalayam Railway Station. Coimbatore Railway Coordinators Association President T. Sampathkumar said that the company has come forward to carry out the work under Public Private Partnership mode.
He said that the proposals for the renovation work was submitted to the company, which was accepted recently. The acceptance letter was forwarded to the Divisional Manager of southern Railways at Salem.
NAVI MUMBAI: Konkan Railway (KR) will add additional coaches to certain trains.
Two additional second-class chair car coaches will be attached to Janshatabdi Express train plying on Dadar-Karmali-Dadar route and one second-class sleeper coach to LTT-Kochuveli Express. Similar augmentation will be done for Kochuveli-LTT express, informed KR's PRO Vaishali Patange.
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