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Deal signals start of refurb work on historic Birmingham station

Landmark terminal in Curzon Street which dates back to 1830s will form part of new HS2 station

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  • First passenger trains complete journeys on new Northern Line Extension over ChristmasThe Northern Line Extension passed a major milestone at Christmas after test passenger trains successfully completed the journey through the new tunnels from Kennington to Battersea Power Station. The Northern line passenger trains entered the new 3.2km tunnels at Kennington, travelling through the newly constructed step-plate junction that connects the existing Northern line tunnels to the extension.

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  • HS2: firms revealed on £2.5bn contract shortlistsFive Balfour Beatty joint ventures have been shortlisted on four lots of HS2 track systems contracts, as well as a tunnel and line-side M&E systems contract, worth a combined total of £2.5bn.
  • Petition launched for immediate halt to HS2 workA petition calling for an immediate halt to construction on HS2, launched by environmental campaigner Chris Packham, has passed the 10,000-signatures mark required to trigger a government response.

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  • Test trains run on Underground extension The first test trains ran on the Northern Line extension of London Underground over Christmas, and the successful trips to Nine Elms and Battersea were described as a ˜major milestone"
  • Isle of Wight bids farewell to vintage trains The last train on the Isle of Wight formed of redundant London Underground tube stock ran last night, bringing to an end an era which goes back to 1967. After permission to close the last line on the island between Ryde and Shanklin had been refused, British Rail electrified the route and imported trains of ex-London Transport ˜standard tube stock, which had been built in 1927. This small fleet stayed in service until 1989, when 1938 stock was then used to form two-car trains, but these had been becoming increasingly unreliable and have now reached the end of the line.

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  • Europe’s airline industry after COVIDCOVID has thrown the world’s airline industry in a deep crisis as it struggles to return to some form of normality. This industry’s contribution to global GDP is not all that high. But it is undoubtedly critical to other industries’ economic infrastructure, especially the hospitality industry.

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