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Senior Labour MP Keith Vaz has said he is "appalled" by the length of customs queues at Heathrow, after paying a spot visit to the airport.

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  • BMW accused of hypocrisy over opposition to European car targetsBMW lobbying against tougher emission proposals while talking up its green credentials as official Olympics car sponsorBMW is lobbying to water down European plans to improve the fuel efficiency of cars at the same time as trumpeting its green credentials as the official car sponsor of the Olympic Games, according to internal documents seen by the Guardian.The German car manufacturer “ which on Monday announced a £250m investment by the end of 2015 in three factories in the UK “ is providing 4,000 cars to ferry officials and athletes to and from Olympic sites as part of its deal with the games...
  • Heathrow passport control queues unacceptable, says BAAAirport operator tells Home Office to tackle problem as Keith Vaz makes snap visit less than three weeks before Olympic GamesPassport queues at Heathrow have been

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  • Miners' jobs at risk over freight costsHUNDREDS of Scottish mining jobs would be put at risk by plans to increase the charges freight companies pay for transporting coal by rail, the country's biggest producer has warned.

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  • Airports Crisis will damage Britain - BransonBritain's economy will fall behind the rest of Europe unless London's capacity-constrained Heathrow hub gets a third runway and the government improves immigration services, serial entrepreneur and Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson said.

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  • Cyclists urged to wear helmets A MUCH-loved teacher and cycling enthusiast died after falling from his bike on a rare occasion when he did not wear a helmet, an inquest heard.

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  • Welcome for PM™s fuel price pledgePOLITICIANS and business leaders in rural Yorkshire have warmly welcomed the Prime Minister’s call for his Government to “move swiftly” forward with plans to extend a fuel discount scheme to motorists in the region.
  • Firm move to create 200 jobs at airportA DECISION by Monarch Airlines to make Leeds Bradford Airport its sixth UK base could mean up to 200 jobs are created.

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  • Reopening Railways: Reshaping the future?9 July 2012: Almost 50 years after the Beeching report that resulted in the closure of a third of the rail network, the issue of new or reopened connections is more relevant than ever. read more
  • Transport mustn't add to the poverty trap10July 2012: Today we're publishing three pieces of research which show much still needs to be done to make sure poor transport doesn't trap people in poverty. read more

Global Rail News

  • Britain leads Europe in providing internet on trainsThe UK is leading Europe in the race to get broadband wireless services onto trains, according to a new report from the consulting firm BWCS. The number of Wi-Fi-equipped train carriages in Britain has reached 2,000, beating closest rivals Germany (911) and Italy (995). œCompetition is the major factor driving train operators to make this [...]
  • South West Trains outlines reliability plansSouth West Trains has been proactive in improving reliability across its fleet of trains and during a press conference on July 4, the company outlined what measures had been taken and what measures are to be taken in the future to increase reliability and passenger comfort even further. The train operator is aiming to reduce [...]
  • Southeastern fined over œout of control trainSoutheastern has been fined £65,000 after health and safety breaches caused a train to overrun its station by more than three miles. The train operator has also been ordered to pay costs of £22,589.50, following a prosecution brought by the Office for Rail Regulation (ORR). In 2010, a braking failure caused the 06.45 London Charing [...]
  • California approves high-speed railThe California State Senate has given the go-ahead to a high-speed rail line between San Francisco and Los Angeles – the first dedicated high-speed system in the country. The California bullet train project was passed by a closely fought 21-16 vote on Friday, June 6. California High-Speed Rail Authority Board chairman Dan Richard said in a [...]
  • Getting a grip on BIMWrites Mark King, Severn Partnership With the UK Government™s announcement in the summer of 2011, Building Information Modelling (BIM) is quickly becoming the buzz word in infrastructure for 2012. Paul Morrell, the UK Government™s Chief Construction Officer, publicly told the construction sector to work more collaboratively and to use information technology such as BIM to [...]
  • Southern Railway staff agree Olympic pay dealSouthern Railway staff have voted overwhelmingly in favour of accepting the company’s Olympic pay package. The deal will see all staff receiving a basic payment of £300, with an additional £28 per day available for rest day and Sunday working and £50 for additional late night turns. Rail union RMT believes the agreement will ratchet [...]
  • Current approach will never achieve the zero in safety we all seekWritten by Colin Wheeler On April 23rd Steve Hails became the new Health and Safety Director for Crossrail. In line with most of our railway industry, Crossrail’s aim is to prevent accidents happening. I have no difficulty in supporting this principle. The Press Release however refers to their œtarget zero philosophy as driving every action [...]

  • Olympics settlement at Southern RMT members on Southern have voted to accept an Olympics pay deal, but the issue of extra pay during the Games has yet to be settled with some other operators in the London area.
  • Network Rail launches international arm Network Rail has launched an international rail consultancy, echoing the former Transmark business which was run by British Rail. Network Rail said: 'Network Rail Consulting will harness the vast range of skills and experience available within Network Rail to demonstrate British expertise overseas and be an international ambassador for Britain’s rail industry.'
  • New 'deep alliance' to cut electrification costs The next 'Deep Alliance' between Network Rail and a train operating company will be announced tomorrow, Railnews has learned. The partnership will link Network Rail and ScotRail, and the long-discussed electrification of the Paisley Canal line in Glasgow also comes as part of the new deal.

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