A strike by depot staff at Derby, Nottingham and Leeds is disrupting East Midlands Trains services. The walkout, which involves about 80 members of UNITE, concerns a 2.75 per cent pay offer which the union has condemned as paltry', although EMT has defended its offer as 'very reasonable and fair'. Most routes have altered timetables, and EMT warned that some of the trains which do run may be shorter than usual.
The headquarters for the construction of Phase 1 of HS2 is to be based in Birmingham, it has been announced. The move is expected to mean that up to 1,500 people will be employed in the city. A spokesman for HS2 told Railnews that the move is part of a wider regeneration scheme centred on the site of the future HS2 station at Curzon Street.
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