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Investment in infrastructure is now even more important - Speech - Patrick McLoughlin MP

The UK must be seen to be open for business and building the infrastructure it needs.

We’ll rue the loss of country buses, those community centres on wheels

We need them more than ever. And yet, as is painfully obvious in south-east Wales, they are disappearing from our roads

Plans for upgrade work in Cambridgeshire to be unveiled by Network Rail

Plans to allow more trains to run and reduce journey times on the East Coast Main Line will be on display at four public information events being held by Network Rail in Cambridgeshire next week.

Reaction to HS2 location change from Meadowhall to Sheffield city centre

Plans to locate Sheffield’s HS2 station in the city centre was today hailed as ‘fantastic news’ by city leaders – but has split opinion among the public.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

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  • Toyota issues airbag recall for 1.43m hybrid carsAlert covers inflators on 2010-2012 vehicles but carmaker says they were not produced by Takata, the automotive supplier at heart of global safety scareToyota Motor Corp has said it is recalling 1.43m hybrid Prius and Lexus CT200h cars worldwide because of a possible airbag inflator defect. The recall covers 2010-2012 vehicles with air bag inflators that could have a small crack in a weld, which could lead to the separation of the inflator chambers. Continue reading...
  • Nasa ignites huge Mars rocket with fiery test in Utah desertLarger version of solid rocket booster used on shuttle will form part of Space Launch System propelling astronauts beyond Earth’s orbitNasa has successfully tested a huge rocket motor that will one day propel astronauts out of Earth’s orbit and towards Mars.It was the second and final test-firing of the solid rocket booster designed for Nasa’s Space Launch System (SLS). The debut launch from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center in 2018 will not carry people, but a few years later astronauts are scheduled to climb aboard for a flight near the moon. Continue reading...
  • Istanbul airport attack: Turkish PM says Isis behind explosions that killed at least 36 – latest updatesSeries of deadly explosions tear through crowds at Atatürk international airport on Tuesday evening in attack officials blame on Islamic State 5.02am BST Departures have resumed from Ataturk AirportDepartures have now also resumed at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport. https://t.co/0TCt9XggHw pic.twitter.com/WhX0L3Odr6 4.35am BST People on flights that had flown out of Ataturk Airport just before the terror attacks watched coverage of the assault on live TV.Startled passengers who just got off a flight from #Istanbul share their reactions w/ @Chauncyontv The latest at 10https://t.co/31wIoM9YV7 Continu...

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  • HS2 timetable for phase 1 'unrealistic' and 'behind schedule'HS2 is already behind schedule and could fail to deliver phase 1 by the 2026 target date, with problems including uncertainty about financing, lack of staff and the need for further analysis, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned. The NAO had found that HS2 is only 60% confident that it...
  • DfT to publish South Western ITT at start of JulyThe South Western franchise invitation to tender (ITT) is expected to be published at the start of July, the rail minister Claire Perry has said. The ITT was issued to the bidders on 9 June, and in the last few weeks MTR formed a joint venture with FirstGroup to compete against current operators...
  • Funding decision for Class 801 bi-mode conversion due in autumnThe decision on how to fund the conversion of the Great Western Main Line Class 801 units to bi-mode operation will be made in the autumn, the DfT has said. In response to a question from Lilian Greenwood MP, Claire Perry, the minister for rail, said that the department is currently considering...
  • Bromsgrove railway station to open on 12 JulyBromsgrove’s £24m station development, designed to attract business to the town and improve integration with other transport facilities, is complete and will open on 12 July. The new station features a staffed ticket office, passenger waiting room, toilets and 350 onsite car parking...
  • Nick Crossfield appointed new Alstom MD for UK and IrelandAlstom’s managing director of train control has been promoted to its UK and Ireland managing director. Nick Crossfield, who joined Alstom last year, has successfully led the integration of SSL Ltd into Alstom’s UK & Ireland business and secured Alstom’s largest ever UK...

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  • Route changes on the way for HS2 in South Yorkshire The chairman of HS2 David Higgins has revealed that some revisions are being planned to the route of Phase 2 in South Yorkshire, but no details will be published for at least another week. He has also dismissed suggestions that the economic turmoil following last week's Brexit vote could delay the project. A review of national infrastructure projects is due to be completed by the autumn. He has been speaking in response to a new report from the National Audit Office, which is said to contain a warning that the project schedule as set out by the Department for Transport is 'too ambitious', and...
  • Jail sentence for West Coast SPAD driver The driver of a steam-hauled charter train who turned off a safety system and almost caused a major collision with a high speed intercity train has been given a suspended jail sentence by Swindon Crown Court. Melvyn Cox was driving the train at Wootton Bassett Junction near Swindon in March last year. It overran a red signal by almost 700m and came to rest fouling the main Great Western line, only moments after an Intercity 125 express had passed. The court heard that he had directed a colleague to turn off the Train Protection and Warning System, which would have stopped the train.

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