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  • EasyJet 'sent passenger on futile tour of Morocco to recover bag'Airline apologises after holidaymaker was told to collect suitcase from 200km away – even though it turned out not to be thereEasyJet has not only been attacked for overbooking this week – another passenger has described “the worst customer service I have ever experienced” after the airline failed to put her suitcase on a flight to Essaouira, Morocco, and then sent her on an expensive, yet futile, tour of the country to try to recover it. EasyJet left Fi Taylor’s bag behind in the UK the first day of her holiday in Essaouira, then told her it had been sent to Marrakech, nearly 200km away – and...
  • Dozens killed as two trains collide in EgyptDeath toll likely to rise as train from Cairo crashes into the back of another coming from Port Said At least 43 people were killed and more than 100 injured when two trains collided in the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria on Friday in the country’s deadliest rail accident in more than a decade.The crash occurred at a small station in the district of Khorshid, just east of Alexandria, when one train travelling from the capital, Cairo, hit the back of another, stationary train, travelling from Port Said. Continue reading...

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  • Hydrogen Cars: Water Is The Only Emission Of The Fuel That Could Solve Britain's Lethal Air Pollution At first it tasted just like water from the tap.Lukewarm, not hot, and with a slight metallic zing - the only signs the liquid had, seconds earlier, spurted from an outlet underneath a car. But water is the only emission from a process of electrolysis undertaken in hydrogen cars,an emerging technology which could fuel as many as 1.6 million vehicles in Britain by 2030, according to the Centre for Future Studies. And its so clean, manufacturers boast, you can enjoy a sip. Fuel cells in the cars generate power by using hydrogen in the tank and oxygen from outside, with the o...

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  • Drone lands on HMS Elizabeth unchallenged [Subscription]An investigation is under way after a member of the public was able to land a drone on Britains most advanced warship without being challenged.
  • Infrastructure planning needs long-term focus [Subscription]The government needs to increase the level of investment in infrastructure significantly and reform the way projects are delivered, an industry body has warned.
  • The regions can be our road to revival, but only if transport links are improved [Subscription]arlier this month, Daniel Hewitt, a journalist at ITV, decided to put the public transport links at his base in Manchester to the test. His plan was to head to a science park in Ellesmere Port, part of the Cheshire science corridor that sits at the heart of government ambitions for economic revival in the region. It was a 35-mile journey that Mr Hewitt normally covers in less than an hour by car. On public transport, it took 2 hr 25min. In that time, he could have made the near-200 mile journey to London on the train with a quarter of an hour to spare.

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  • Greater Anglia unveils more images of bi-mode and intercity FLIRT trainsGreater Anglia has today given passengers a glimpse at what the brand new trains that will operate on its intercity, regional and Stansted Express services will look like. The computer-generated photos show more detail of what the FLIRT trains being delivered by Stadler will look like in action...
  • Khan pledges full 4G coverage across Underground by 2019Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has today set out ambitions to deliver 4G connectivity across the London Underground in stations and tunnels from 2019. He also stated that he was already looking into “futureproofing” the network so that it can ready itself for 5G connectivity as...
  • The railway is not a playgroundRespecting and understanding the dangers of the railway is an essential lesson for young people. Trespassing on the railway is a hazard that Network Rail has to deal with every day, as many people, especially children and young adults, underestimate the risks associated with playing around tracks...
  • Abellio JV named winner of West Midlands rail franchiseThe DfT has announced that West Midlands Trains Ltd, a joint venture between Abellio, East Japan Railway Company and Mitsui & Co Ltd, has won the contract to operate the next West Midlands rail franchise. Two train companies had been in the running for the West Midlands franchise after MTR...
  • ORR reveals first-ever 'to the minute' performance across TOCsThe ORR has today released performance statistics for period 4 measuring train punctuality ‘to the minute’ for the first time ever at an operator level. Trains for every operator are recorded as ‘on time’ when the lateness of the service at the recorded station is less...

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