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BUSINESS and political leaders have issued a call for urgent investment in the East Coast Main Line.

Blackpool MPs at odds over bold tram extension plan

Blackpool North Tory MP Paul Maynardís ambitious proposal to extend the Fylde coast tram system would be too costly, his resort rival has said

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  • 500,000 expats may have to take driving tests again [subscription]Up to half a million British expatriates may be forced to take their driving test again in the case of a no-deal Brexit.
  • Goveís strategy is a load of hot air [subscription]The environment secretaryís just published his Clean Air Strategy, complete with the rallying cry: ďWe must take strong, urgent action.Ē And what sort of action has the government he represents got in mind? Thatís right: building a £14 billion third runway at Heathrow. Yes, the same one that transport secretary Chris Grayling admits may well cause more pollution. Or, as last yearís Airports National Policy Statement put it: ďIncreases in emissions of pollutants during the construction or operational phases of the scheme could result in the worsening of local air quality.Ē
  • Online map will reveal Londonís most polluted streets [Subscription]The most polluted roads will be published to help people choose cleaner routes in a project using Googleís Street View cars to test air quality at tens of thousands of locations.

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  • Eleven firms named on Gatwick Airport frameworkEleven companies have been named on Gatwick Airportís Minor Works framework. Set up as part of the airportís five-year expansion plan, the Minor Works framework has been set up to take on projects under the value of £150,000.

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  • Gospel Oak-Barking fleet plan remains unclearThe plan for Transport for Londonís introduction of electric trains on the Gospel Oak-Barking line remains unclear, with two of the Class 172 diesel multiple units currently used on the route already taken off-lease from its operator Arriva Rail London for transfer to West Midlands Trains.

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