Labour will guarantee a guard on every train to boost accessibility

Labour is set to scrap ‘driver only operation’, as demanded by transport unions, and guarantee the presence of a guard on every train to boost accessibility for older and disabled passengers. Describing the practice of ‘DOO’ on the railway as “discriminatory”, Labour says it would ensure that there is always a second member of fully trained staff who can assist less able people with boarding. The move would allow older and disabled rail passengers to “travel when they want with dignity, without booking ahead”, according to Labour. It would put an end to ‘DOO’, which has been expanded under the Tories. Marsha de Cordova, the shadow minister for disabled people currently fighting to keep her seat in Battersea, said: “The Tories’ expansion of driver only operation is an attack on the rights of disabled passengers who have been denied of the ability to travel spontaneously… “Labour will guarantee a guard on board every train to guarantee Turn Up and Go across the rail network so that older and disabled rail passengers can travel when they want with dignity, without booking ahead. Guards on every train will make train travel easier, safer and more secure for all passengers.” Rail wor...

Saica Group has reached an agreement with the group Norm Ambalaj to acquire its plant in

Saica Group has reached an agreement with the group Norm Ambalaj to acquire its plant in Sakarya, Turkey. The acquisition would provide an increase of 75 million square metres in Saica´s corrugated board capacity while increasing its product footprint and product range for the Turkish market. Saica and Norm Ambalaj will continue their collaboration following this partnership agreement. With the agreement, Saica takes a step forward in its business growth strategy, allowing the group an improvement in its service capacity and an increase in its supply for its customers in Turkey. The deal is still subject to approval by the Turkish anti-trust authorities. In 2014, Saica entered the Turkish market and since then, the group has made several investment projects to further develop its infrastructures and machinery in the country. The latest investment was the one made in a new corrugator machine in 2017. “This operation is an opportunity to increase Saica´s value proposition of sustainable packaging solutions in the Turkish market. It will also optimize material and logistics costs for our customers while reducing Saica´s environmental impact”, said Pascal Giraud, general manager, S...