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Chris Grayling accused of misleading MPs over Stagecoach rail ban [subscription]

Chris Grayling has been accused of misleading parliament over disqualifying Stagecoach from bidding for train franchises. Statements made by the transport secretary in the Commons appear to be at odds with his own department’s documentation.

Air departure tax cut at heart of climate dilemma – leader comment

The Scottish Government must navigate a careful path towards the twin goals of improving the economy and reducing carbon emissions.

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  • End of the line for InterCity 125 trainsInterCity 125 High Speed Trains are being phased out after more than 40 years. The trains were used on the lines between Paddington, Reading, Newbury and Bristol.

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  • The Guardian view on London and England: a deep divide... One of these pervasive yet hardly noticed differences is in the quality of public transport. Londoners have an integrated system which mostly works. Buses, tubes and suburban rail services will take you almost anywhere you might want with a simple and comprehensible fare structure ...
  • Human Jam: the hair-raising stories from HS2's exhumation of Euston's deade’ve found four times more headstones than expected,” the archaeologist tells me. What, I ask, are they going to do with them? “Some people have suggested we turn them into paving stones,” she says. “Which we don’t want to do, because we all know when headstones were last used as paving stones, don’t we?”

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  • US House Democrats urge TSA to allow collective bargaining All 18 Democratic lawmakers from the US House Homeland Security Committee have called on TSA to continue allowing collective bargaining for its frontline workforce, following comments from TSA administrator David Pekoske that he has “not made a decision yet” on whether to allow the practice to extend beyond the current agreement’s expiration in December 2019. read more
  • More questions raised on Boeing’s handling of MAX AOA disagree mistake New questions are being raised over the development and oversight of the Boeing 737 MAX after revelations the manufacturer knew about a misconfigured angle-of-attack (AOA) disagree annunciator alert message on the aircraft in 2017, but did not fix it or tell operators about the problem until after last October’s crash of a Lion Air 737 MAX 8—the first of two to strike the model in five months. read more

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