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  • Network Rail boss Mark Carne to step down this yearThe head of Network Rail is to step down later this year, with his position having come under increased pressure from government.
  • Space oddity: how Elon Musk and SpaceX sent a car towards Mars A Starman sitting in a tin can is currently navigating the heavens, soundtracked by David Bowie. How did it – and we – get there?It takes a beat or two for the brain to compute. The image is startling, incongruous, barmy. A car floats in space. At the wheel is a spacesuit, seatbelt on. Earth hangs behind it. The two objects don’t work together. The image jars like bad Photoshop. But it is real. The photograph was beamed down to Earth courtesy of Elon Musk’s ego, bravado and taste for the absurd. It is human folly and genius rolled into one, a picture that sums up 2018 so far. Life on Earth fe...

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  • Containerships recognises Teesport as top terminal Teesport has been awarded Terminal Operator of the Year by Finnish shipping and logistics group – Containerships. This is only the third time they have recognised a terminal and PD Ports’ Teesport follows on from awards to St.Petersburg and Klaipeda in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Containerships and PD Ports have been working together for more than 40 years and this latest award recognises their commitment to service levels and productivity at Teesport.   Michael Povey, Vessel Operations Manager for Containerships in the North East, states the high service levels at Teesport ...
  • Mark Carne to retire from Network Rail Mark Carne, the chief executive of Network Rail, has advised the Board that he has decided to retire from the company later this year. The timing of his announcement ensures that a new chief executive will be established in the role before the start of the next five year regulatory control period which begins in April 2019. Mr Carne joined Network Rail in January 2014. During his time as chief executive, he has steered the company through the period of being reclassified into the public sector, and skilfully handled the significant rebasing of the delivery plan that was required following t...

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  • Tunnelling preferred option for Heathrow rail linkHeathrow Southern Railway executive director Graham Cross has said tunnelling is his preferred option for the new 13km long “missing link” railway line connecting Heathrow Airport to the local network in the South East.

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