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Sir Richard Branson says Network Rail was to blame for losses on the East Coast rail franchise.

Train strike January 2018: Disruption to be even worse than feared as 1,500 trains set to be cancelled

Disruption caused by three days of strikes next week across South Western Railways (SWR) will be worse than forecast, with 1,500 trains cancelled.

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  • Passengers witness explosion as two planes collide at Toronto’s Pearson airport – videoVideo shared on social media shows the explosion caused by the collision of two planes at Toronto’s Pearson airport on Friday Continue reading...
  • Fire as one plane crashes into another at Toronto Pearson airportPassengers evacuated after collision between Westjet and Sunwing airliners when one of them was being towed and the other was waiting to parkPassengers were forced to evacuate via emergency slides in the frigid cold on Friday night after two planes collided on the ground at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. No injuries were reported.WestJet said an inbound from Cancun, Mexico with 168 passengers and a crew of six was stationary and waiting to go to a gate when it was struck by a Sunwing aircraft moving back from a gate. Continue reading...

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  • Blackpool and Preston railway connected to WCML for first timeElectrification between Blackpool and Preston over Christmas means the railway between the two cities has an overhead wire connection with the West Coast Main Line for the first time ever. Part of the Great North Rail Project and linked with the 19-week upgrade programme currently underway in...
  • Northern faces three days of strikes and shrunken timetable as talks break downThe RMT union will launch three days of strike action on Northern Rail services next week, as talks over train guards have broken down once again. Strike action is set for 8, 10 and 12 January, and the operator has released a much-reduced timetable with just a little over 60% of services running...
  • Branson heaps major criticism on NR for end of East Coast franchiseSir Richard Branson has hit out at Network Rail after the decision to end the Virgin Trains East Coast franchise in 2020 was heavily criticised, with some commentators referring to it as a ‘bailout.’ The Virgin founder said ending the franchise early was a “pragmatic...

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  • More airlines ban smart bags from checked luggageThree more carriers are banning so-called smart bags from being checked into luggage holds unless the bag’s integrated lithium battery can be removed and carried separately. read more
  • British Airways expands Gatwick servicesBritish Airways (BA) will substantially increase operations at London Gatwick Airport as it fights off the growing incursions of competitors such as LCC Norwegian. read more

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  • Driverless car naysayers of the world uniteDiscussion about driverless car technology is defined at present by objections to the British government’s enthusiasm for it. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling predicts the market for autonomous vehicles could be worth ÂŁ28 billion to Britain by 2035 and for that reason wants a central part in it. Opposition to the government’s view has succeeded in uniting petrol-heads with ardent campaigners for… The post Driverless car naysayers of the world unite appeared first on ETA.

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