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  • Passengers on Flybe's troubles: 'There's no other way I can get to work'Customers of beleaguered airline tell how its collapse would impact their livesFlybe on the brink as government urged to step inNils Pratley: don't give Flybe owners a free rideFlybe passengers dependent on the airline to get around the UK and Europe have warned of the impact on their lives if the regional carrier collapses.At Exeter airport, where Flybe is based, customers expressed concern on Monday that a collapse would leave holes in flight schedules.
  • Flybe on the brink as government urged to step inEurope's largest regional airline seeks state help to stave off collapse. The government has been urged to do whatever it takes to ensure the survival of Flybe, Europe's largest regional carrier, as trade unions and MPs demanded the rescue of an airline that operates almost two in five British domestic flights.
  • Air pollution could kill 160,000 in next decade Ė reportBritish Heart Foundation predicts current total of 11,000 particulate-related deaths per year will continue to rise

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  • £9.4m in rail technology contracts announcedInnovate UK has announced £9.4m worth of technology contracts from the Department of Transport that organisations can apply for, aiming to improve rail services to passengers and operators. As the number of rail users in the UK continues to grow, as do the challenges faced by the rail...
  • Network Rail 'taking action' on SMEsSource RTM: Dec 2019 /Jan 2020   Commercial director Ken Blackley explains how Network Rail’s new action plan for working with small and medium sized enterprises will mean better engagement, listening and solutions. Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are the lifeblood of...
  • South Western Railway £70m 'Desiro' fleet completed South Western Railway (SWR) has completed the £70m refurbishment of Desiro trains as final train enters passenger service. The rail operators’ £70m upgrade programme started in December 2019 and has seen the modernisation of all 172 Class 444 and 450 trains. The restoration of...

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