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....6bn. At the same time, the document encourages companies to plough money into projects related to the “Belt and Road” project, President Xi Jinping’s signature foreign policy initiative that seeks to link China with other parts of Asia and eastern Europe through multibillion-dollar investments in ports, highways, railways, power plants and other infrastructure. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... So-called regulated fares are set by the government but normally provide the benchmark for rises across the network. Unions and campaigners have been holding protests against the rises at railway stations around the country. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Fewer than half (47%) of passengers are satisfied with the value for money of train tickets, according to the latest survey by passenger watchdog Transport Focus. Successive governments have cut taxpayer funding of the railways and increased the relative contribution of passengers. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. A sliding pound has left euro rail fares looking less of a comparative bargain, but commuter season tickets and peak fares remain more expensive on Britain’s railways than continental Europe’s, according to most studies. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... Are any of these more palatable?. The taxpayer’s share of the cost of running the railways has been proportionately reduced under successive governments, starting with Labour in 2005. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....“The revelations make it untenable for the Naif to now risk almost a $1bn of taxpayers’ money on infrastructure associated with this company,” the executive director of the Australia Institute, Ben Oquist, said. “Today’s revelations mean the Naif should immediately suspend all consideration of Adani’s railway infrastructure project. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Better subsidies would make rail fares more affordable … just in time for Brexit image
. A sliding pound has left euro rail fares looking less of a comparative bargain, but commuter season tickets and peak fares remain more expensive on Britain’s railways than continental Europe’s, according to most studies. ...
Seven ways to cut the cost of Britain’s rail tickets image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 19th of August 2017 02:59:16 PM
China moves to curb overseas acquisitions as firms' debt levels rise image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 18th of August 2017 05:32:17 PM
....6bn. At the same time, the document encourages companies to plough money into projects related to the “Belt and Road” project, President Xi Jinping’s signature foreign policy initiative that seeks to link China with other parts of Asia and eastern Europe through multibillion-dollar investments in ports, highways, railways, power plants and other infrastructure. ...
Adani $900m rail line loan should be ruled out after fraud allegations, opponents say image
....“The revelations make it untenable for the Naif to now risk almost a $1bn of taxpayers’ money on infrastructure associated with this company,” the executive director of the Australia Institute, Ben Oquist, said. “Today’s revelations mean the Naif should immediately suspend all consideration of Adani’s railway infrastructure project. ...
Rail users face steepest fare rise in five years as inflation hits 3.6% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of August 2017 08:32:02 AM
.... So-called regulated fares are set by the government but normally provide the benchmark for rises across the network. Unions and campaigners have been holding protests against the rises at railway stations around the country. ...
UK commuters brace for rail fares hike of 3.5% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of August 2017 06:55:16 AM
....Fewer than half (47%) of passengers are satisfied with the value for money of train tickets, according to the latest survey by passenger watchdog Transport Focus. Successive governments have cut taxpayer funding of the railways and increased the relative contribution of passengers. ...
Do your fellow Brits a favour. Stop going on holiday | Simon Jenkins image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of August 2017 06:00:08 AM
.... They should be converted into flexible days off. On the railways, last month’s abandonment of line electrification in Wales, the Midlands and Yorkshire beggared belief. ...
Luxury railway carriage in garden – in pictures image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 31st of July 2017 09:58:55 AM
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Let’s move to Brockley, south-east London image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 28th of July 2017 03:30:25 PM
.... Duck down the odd back alley, squint and you might have slipped down a wormhole to 1978 when it was full of sociology students from Goldsmiths, bohemians and the scent of wacky baccy and rosebay willow herb. A glance in an estate agent’s window might break the spell, but the geography of hills, valleys and crisscrossing railway lines is complex enough to keep hidden wormholes to a past long disappeared in inner London, like a wee nature reserve off terraced streets, or Hilly Fields park, its stone circle glowering over London’s thrusting skyline, the glorious Rivoli Ballroom, and the shaggy mews of overgrown flora behind the town houses on Wickham Road. ...
Crossrail firm fined £1m over worker's death and other safety breaches image
....The £14. 8bn Crossrail railway line, which runs between Reading and Shenfield in Essex through central London, will open as the Elizabeth line in December 2018. ...
Avoid Waterloo, passengers warned after signal failure image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of July 2017 07:32:34 AM
. Passengers are being advised not to travel to the country’s busiest railway station – Waterloo – because of a signal failure. ...
The UK ignores China's trillion-dollar Belt and Road plan at its peril | Colin Cram image
.... However, investments linked to it are happening. Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, is investing in a high-tech rail system, built by the Chinese, who also plan to build a high-speed railway in Thailand by 2021. ...
Full speed ahead for train builders as minister pulls plug on electrification image
. The bright, electric future of the railway has been dimmed: trains will now continue to run on diesel west of Cardiff to Swansea, as they will on the Midland mainline to Nottingham and Sheffield. ...
Grayling sparks fury by scrapping rail electrification plans image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 20th of July 2017 11:21:48 AM
. Plans to make the railway network faster, greener and cleaner by electrifying lines have been scrapped by the government after massive budget overruns, prompting fury at “years of broken promises”. ...
Rail firms to be judged by 'to the minute' train punctuality image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of July 2017 06:00:12 AM
....The new benchmark will also report how many trains arrive to the exact minute on every stop along their route, rather than just the final destination. Britain’s rail industry claimed it would give passengers the most transparent measure for train punctuality of any railway in Europe – and compare favourably with the aviation industry, where a 15-minute delay is counted as arriving on time. ...
HS2 supporters boast of benefits – but costs keep going off the rails | Nils Pratley image
. ‘HS2 was always designed to be much more than just a high-speed railway and today we can see the opportunities it brings right around the country – spreading prosperity, acting as a catalyst for investment and rebalancing our economy 10 years before the railway even opens,” said David Higgins, chairman of the high-speed railway, as the first construction contracts were awarded on Monday. ...
HS2 contracts worth £6.6bn awarded by UK government image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 17th of July 2017 08:08:45 AM
....The government has awarded £6. 6bn in contracts to build the new high-speed HS2 railway between London and Birmingham, to companies including crisis-ridden construction firm Carillion. ...
Channel Tunnel rail link sold on to consortium for £3bn image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 14th of July 2017 05:38:02 PM
. The Canadian pension funds that own Britain’s HS1 high-speed railway between London and the Channel tunnel have sold to a consortium of UK and foreign investors. ...
How can the Southern rail fiasco be solved? Look to John Lewis | David Boyle image
....This bizarre slap on the wrist raises an important question: not just what should happen when a public service contract fails, but who will protect service users from failing contracts, especially if the government always sides with the contractors against the users. But don’t let us pretend that this is just about badly run railways. ...
Carillion has paid a heavy price for too many risky contracts | Nils Pratley image
.... The analysts’ working assumption is a £500m rights issue. After that, no doubt, there will fresh commitments to rigour, plus a promise to accelerate Carillion’s shift towards the safer territory of support services, meaning maintaining roads and railways. ...
Major rail disruption looms in August as stations are closed image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 10th of July 2017 12:52:08 PM
.... He said: “We know there is never a good time to disrupt services to get this work done, but it does make sense to do so when fewer people are travelling. Bank holidays and the summer months can see up to 50% fewer passengers using the railway. ...
Carillion boss steps down as shares crash 40% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 10th of July 2017 09:40:51 AM
....The chief executive of construction and support services company Carillion has stepped down as the firm warned on profits and scrapped its dividend following a Brexit-related slowdown in orders, news which sent its shares plunging almost 40%. The company, which maintains roads, railways, government buildings and military bases, said worsening cash flow and rising debts had prompted a “comprehensive review of the business and the capital structure”. ...
Facebook village? Social media giant to build 'social housing' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 9th of July 2017 06:56:57 PM
....” It can take more than half an hour to drive to the nearest supermarket four miles away due to traffic jams. The social network has also committed to spending $1m exploring the idea of reopening an old railway line that runs through the company’s campus and is “investing tens of millions” to improve a highway – US 101 – that runs from the office to San Francisco. ...
Camden Town Brewery founder insists big can also be beautiful image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 8th of July 2017 03:00:11 PM
. The original Camden Town Brewery, which nestles under a set of railway arches in London’s fashionable Kentish Town, is one of the most Instagrammed places in the UK. ...
Electric car revolution: calculating the cost of green motoring image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 8th of July 2017 08:00:03 AM
.... There are 8,476 petrol filling stations across the UK, most with multiple pumps, but topping up takes minutes rather than hours. A lot of those will be in supermarkets, railway stations and NCP multi-storey car parks. ...
Bureaucratic block image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 2nd of July 2017 11:13:32 PM
.... . As the 19th Century progressed, railways and steamboats made travel faster and cheaper. ...
Trains, planes and automobiles: the transport systems embracing smart tech image
....These technologies are already beginning to make a difference. Drones are being used to check the condition of infrastructure like roads and railways so maintenance crews can be better utilised. ...
Stagecoach says it has overpaid for East Coast rail contract as profitability plunges image
....3bn contract, blaming factors including Brexit and terrorism for underperformance that punched an £84m hole in its finances. The difficulties facing Virgin East Coast, 90% owned by Stagecoach and 10% by Virgin, prompted renewed calls for nationalisation of the railways. ...
Hard Brexit could halt Heathrow expansion plans, says Lord Adonis image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 26th of June 2017 12:32:00 PM
....The government is due to build HS2 with public funding and is expected to put legislation before parliament to build phase 2a from Birmingham to Crewe this year, and make a decision on the rest of the route. However, a faltering economy could further undermine the business case for the railway, with Treasury calculations basing passenger growth on GDP. ...
The Observer view on the housing crisis | Observer editorial image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 24th of June 2017 11:05:13 PM
.... This is not throwing money away, as it goes into a long-term asset that delivers returns into an indefinite future. It should also be noted that austerity is relaxed when it comes to building an £18bn nuclear power station at Hinkley Point or the £56bn HS2 railway, even though the latter is as damaging to the green belt as any housing proposal. ...
Southern tried to run too many trains on poor infrastructure: report image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of June 2017 09:33:08 AM
....,” it said. Ministers have kept the report by Gibb, a longstanding railway professional brought in to resolve the problems on Southern, under wraps for six months. ...
Duke of Westminster's property group to build 1,500 rental homes in London image
....Grosvenor plans to construct up to 11 blocks of varying heights on a 12-acre former biscuit factory site in Bermondsey. The tallest tower, with 25 storeys, will be built in the centre of the site, adjacent to a railway line, with a route under the line to The Blue local market. ...
Our leaders have lost touch with reality – just like the banks did | Aditya Chakrabortty image
.... The Tory manifesto gets a triple-A rating – until its dementia tax turns out to be toxic. Labour’s proposals for renationalising the railways are dismissed as communism – until voters, snaggle-toothed fools that they are, turn out to quite like the idea of not being bled dry by Richard Branson. ...
Let’s move to Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire: ‘It’s stuck in a time warp’ image
....Where to buy A town of many parts. There’s the model village, the new town (all Victorian parades and Prezzos beside the railway station) and, my favourite, the old town. ...
Donald Trump unveils plan to privatize 'antiquated' air traffic control system image
.... Opponents fear airline interests will dominate the board, overseeing an estimated 300 air traffic facilities and around 30,000 employees. Trump plans a series of events this coming week to highlight his $1tn effort to modernise roads, bridges, airports and railways. ...
Sober look of Google's 'landscraper' shows tech firm is trying to grow up image
.... But the proposals for the £1bn project finally unveiled this week have considerably cranked down the wow factor. Stretching for over 300 metres along the side of the railway tracks of King’s Cross, the 92,000-square metre “landscraper” office building is a surprisingly sober design from the studios of Thomas Heatherwick and Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, the starry duo who are also working together on Google’s Californian headquarters in Mountain View. ...
Google submits plans for 'landscraper' London headquarters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 1st of June 2017 09:15:49 AM
....Google has officially submitted plans for its new 92,000-square metre “landscraper” London headquarters, with the intention of beginning construction on the building in 2018. Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group and Heatherwick Studios, the team behind TfL’s New Bus for London and the 2012 Olympic Cauldron, the building will stand 11 storeys tall and stretch parallel to the platforms of London’s King’s Cross railway station. ...
Labour promises to save average rail commuter £200 on season ticket image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 1st of June 2017 06:00:47 AM
....Its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said: “Under the Conservatives, rail fares have sky-rocketed and tickets are some of the most expensive in Europe. “Labour will take Britain’s railways back into public control and put more money into people’s pockets by capping fares. ...
Glory days of British Rail’s full English breakfast  | Letters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of May 2017 05:40:33 PM
....Ian Jack should try the 17. 16 from Cardiff to Holyhead, which has a first-class dining carriage (How the railway sandwich led to the privatisation of Britain, 20 May). ...
Where does an A-lister land when they waft in from paradise? Yes, Luton image
....It was once a byword for bargain-basement flights and holiday hell, defined for a generation by Campari ads and Lorraine Chase. But Luton airport, the grey-and-orange home of easyJet, has long led a double life: bussing budget passengers up the hill from the railway station, while ushering billionaires, royalty, Brad Pitt and Taylor Swift to their private jets. ...
Labour's water renationalisation plan is a damp squib | Nils Pratley image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of May 2017 07:34:13 PM
.... There is no need to own the assets to ensure that outcome. All industries are different, and there is a fair argument that the state could improve the railways in a way the private sector can’t. ...
Fresh rail strikes announced for 30 May image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of May 2017 03:31:56 PM
....In its dispute with Northern, Mr Cash said the union was "angry and frustrated" with the company's planned policy of a minimum of 50% DOO trains. Richard Allan, deputy managing director of Northern, said changes needed to be made to the on-board role as the railway is modernised. ...
Labour reveals 'fat cat' tax pledge aimed at reining in excessive pay image
....Corbyn will unveil his new policy in Bradford as part of a radical manifesto. It will promise sweeping renationalisation of the railways, Royal Mail and parts of the energy market, with the water industry also likely to feature in the plans to take private companies back into public ownership. ...
General election 2017: Labour 'plans water industry nationalisation' image
.... . A draft version of the document, which was leaked last week, committed a future Labour government to taking the railways and the Royal Mail back into public ownership while also nationalising the electricity distribution and transmission networks. ...
Cyber-attack: Europol says it was unprecedented in scale image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 13th of May 2017 03:46:13 PM
....Some reports say Russia has seen more infections than any other country. Banks, the state-owned railways and a mobile phone network were hit. ...
Massive ransomware infection hits computers in 99 countries image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 12th of May 2017 03:36:47 PM
....Some reports said Russia had seen more infections than any other single country. Domestic banks, the interior and health ministries, the state-owned Russian railway firm and the second largest mobile phone network were all reported to have been hit. ...
The Tory energy cap is not a policy. It’s a confession | Owen Jones image
.... And if the market isn’t the right way to supply energy at a fair price, how can it be correct elsewhere?. The Tory privatisation of the railway system is perhaps the most emblematic example. ...
​Enemies of the state​:​ the 40-year Tory project to shrink public services image
.... After 2010, the Conservatives claimed public employment “crowded out” private initiative, so they cut more than a million public sector jobs. Yet wealth creation depends on a strong state, not only for protection of property by the law, but for decent roads and railways, regulators ensuring fair markets, for the health and education of private enterprise staff, and for the same clean air we all breathe. ...
Virgin, Stagecoach and France's SNCF link up for HS2 bid image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 12:47:58 PM
. The French state railway SNCF is to partner with Virgin Trains for a bid to run the first HS2 high-speed trains. ...
Hornby directors defend chairman Roger Canham image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 07:23:45 AM
....In a statement, the investor group said it felt it was "time for change". However, the board of Hornby, which makes model railways, Corgi cars and Scalextric, said it was "not in the best interests of the company". ...
Reacting to technological threats isn't enough – we need to plan for them | Michael Boskin image
.... After all, important technologies sometimes derive their main commercial value from uses quite different from those the inventor had in mind. For example, James Watt’s steam engine was created to pump water out of coal mines, not to power railways or ships. ...
Ding ding! All aboard the ex-Lib Dem minister's solar-powered bus image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of April 2017 03:53:02 PM
....Even in a party that talks up its commitment to the environment, Baker spoke unusually often about ecology. At the Department for Transport, he helped oversee the Green Bus Fund and increased electrification of the railways. ...
HS2 is on its way but bid troubles and snap election could still derail project image
....7bn high-speed rail scheme from becoming physical reality?. Royal assent in February gave HS2 Ltd the full legal, financial and planning powers to build the first half of a railway that the government claims will transform travel between London, the Midlands and, eventually, the north of England, create 25,000 jobs and help rebalance the UK’s precarious economy. ...
Strikes announced on Virgin Trains East Coast and Arriva Rail North image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 13th of April 2017 08:53:49 AM
....“It is that flagrant disregard for the safety issues at the heart of the dispute which leaves us with no option but to put on this further day of strike action. “RMT commends our Arriva Rail North members on their rock-solid display of strength, resolve and unity during the action so far in opposition to the introduction of driver-controlled operation and defence of the guards to guarantee a safer, securer and more accessible railway for all. ...
Germany's new train firm on track image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 11:15:15 AM
. Germany's state-owned railway group Deutsche Bahn dominates services in the country, but it has a new rival. ...
WH Smith profits rise thanks to travel sales image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 07:33:36 AM
....75% over the last six months, thanks to a rise in sales at its travel business. Its profits from its outlets in airports, railway stations, motorway service stations and workplaces went up 11% to £39m as passenger numbers rose. ...
Six jumbo jets long … the £2.4bn ship that can lift an oil rig image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 05:30:26 AM
....Shell, burned in 1995 by the furore over its decision to sink the Brent Spar storage buoy at sea, is acutely aware of the need for the clean-up to go smoothly. Hope called the task of decommissioning the field an “enormous challenge”, due to its remote location – the closest railway station is in Bergen, Norway, nearly 150 miles away – and complex nature of the installation. ...
Southern rail boss paid £495,000 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 10th of April 2017 10:09:03 AM
....”. Andy McDonald, Labour’s transport spokesman, said the pay deal strengthened the party’s argument for renationalisation of the railways. ...
Tesco looks to draw a line under accounting scandal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 9th of April 2017 06:00:00 AM
.... In January it raised annual profit forecasts, citing a boost from sales of spoof children’s books such as Five on Brexit Island, a nod to Enid Blyton. Chief executive Stephen Clarke has predicted sunlit uplands of growth driven by overseas expansion and a focus on its higher-margin stable of airport and railway station stores. ...
Network Rail’s knotweed policy is undermining my house sale image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 6th of April 2017 06:00:33 AM
....MT, Blackpool. Earlier this year two neighbours in south Wales won a four-year battle against Network Rail after untreated knotweed on railway land rendered their homes unsaleable. ...
Southern rail: Aslef members reject latest proposed deal image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 3rd of April 2017 02:18:58 PM
. Members of the Aslef union have rejected a deal aimed at ending the long-running dispute over driver-only operated trains on Southern railway. ...
Train drivers reject deal to end Southern rail dispute image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 3rd of April 2017 01:54:15 PM
....The two companies have issued details of emergency timetables they will run, including services before and after the big race meeting at Aintree. Paul Plummer, chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group, which represents train operators and Network Rail, said the Aslef result was “very disappointing”, adding: “A stronger railway needs everyone working together to improve services for passengers, employees and businesses across the Southern region and the whole of Britain. ...
Tick tock image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 2nd of April 2017 11:07:44 PM
.... . This was, as Trewman's Exeter Flying Post explained, "a matter of great public convenience", for it meant the clock exhibited, as well as the correct time at Exeter, "railway time". ...
Congested, polluted and with car jobs at risk, Stuttgart reaches a crossroads image
....But Stuttgart has an immediate car problem. Surrounded by the steep hills of the Neckar valley, it is plagued by congestion, the worst air pollution in Germany and the construction of one of Europe’s biggest infrastructure projects, a €6bn railway station. ...
British rail is nationalised all over again – by foreign states image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 1st of April 2017 02:59:28 PM
.... Anyone heading for nearby Basildon has to change at Upminster and pay a fare to the Italian firm that has been operating C2C since January. Welsh railways fell to German-owned Arriva long ago, while ScotRail is also in the hands of the Netherlands’ Abellio. ...
Chinese firm MTR to help operate UK's South West trains franchise image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 27th of March 2017 07:52:43 AM
....6bn in premiums to the government over the next seven years, of which £1. 2bn will be reinvested in the railway, according to the terms of the deal. ...
Petworth and Pulborough, West Sussex: straight out of Miss Marple image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 24th of March 2017 04:30:37 PM
.... Petworth lives in the shadow of The House and its Titians and Turners. Having the railway station, though, Pulborough is the more worldly of the two, the kind of place I imagine lived in, in Agatha Christie’s day, by brassy secretaries with a taste for jazz and romantic dalliances with aged wealthy widowers who should know better. ...
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Robots to affect up to 30% of UK jobs, says PwC image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 24th of March 2017 08:56:39 AM
....The use of robots in the workplace is rising with workers in some sectors already facing up to the potential challenges. "You can already see on the railways that all these strikes are not unrelated to the move towards driverless trains," Mr Hawksworth said. ...
Kenya starts selling bonds via mobile phones image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of March 2017 12:39:55 PM
.... . Kenya has borrowed heavily in the past four years to fund an ambitious construction programme, including roads and a new railway. ...
Rail industry promises 6,400 extra services image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 12:00:48 AM
....Last year, 12. 3% of trains failed to reach their destinations on time, according to the Office of Rail and Road, the independent regulator for Britain's railways. ...
Ian and Greg Chappell call on Adani to abandon Carmichael mine project image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 01:46:56 AM
....It had also delivered on its promise not to use taxpayer funds to subsidise Adani’s infrastructure. However, the state government holds veto power over Adani’s application for a $1b federal government loan to build a railway to link the mine to its port hundreds of kilometres away. ...
Northern, Southern rail and Merseyrail staff on strike image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 06:55:36 AM
. Passengers appear to have largely stayed away from the railway network as staff from three train firms across England held 24-hour strikes. ...

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