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Rail boss pledge on direct rail link from Weymouth to Heathrow by 2026

That is the message from Graham Cross, chief executive of Heathrow Southern Railway (HSRL), who are preparing plans to a £1 billion rail link which will link Dorset with the UK's biggest airport.

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  • Two-minute silences will see off noisy nannyingMy friend Mike texts. Passing through Highbury & Islington Tube station in London last Thursday he had been trying to block his ears from the usual barrage of noisy nannying over the public address system — “always remember to carry a bottle of water” etc. It was Mike who alerted this Notebook to a new, endlessly repeated recorded announcement on London buses (“Hold on, the bus is about to move”) which I hope we helped shame Transport for London out of. That idiocy has now been abandoned.

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