Part of M20 to be used as lorry park to counter Brexit jams at Channel
Stretch of Kent motorway may be temporarily repurposed under latest contingency plans
A stretch of the M20 in Kent will be used as a temporary lorry park should Brexit result in queues forming at Channel ports, under the latest government contingency plans.
A contraflow system, named Operation Brock, would operate between junctions eight and nine southbound to allow traffic to continue in both directions on reduced lanes, while thousands of lorries are held in line before the border.
Network Rail appoints new chief – with smaller pay packet than predecessor
Andrew Haines takes job after eight years at Civil Aviation Authority marked by cost cutting
Network Rail has announced that Andrew Haines will be its new chief executive – and be paid 27% less than his predecessor to run Britain’s rail infrastructure.
Haines, the chief executive of the Civil Aviation Authority, will be paid £588,000 including benefits, with a possible 9% bonus, when he takes over in the autumn following a short handover period with retiring boss Mark Carne.
Isles of Scilly helicopter service resumes amid row over 'spoiling tactics'
Six years after the last scheduled chopper landed in St Mary’s, the Guardian was on board the controversial new service
With a roar of engines and a thump of blades, the helicopter rose above Land’s End airport, darted across the ocean and 15 minutes later touched down on a landing area dotted with daisies and buttercups on the Isles of Scilly.
After an absence of six years, the Scilly helicopter service – a thrilling treat for visitors and a lifeline for islanders – had resumed.
Can you ID the city from its metro 'M' sign – quiz
Since most underground subway systems are known as a ‘metro’ the letter M is used as their symbol in many cities around the world. Designs vary wildly, though. Can you place them? HT to the Metrobits website
Outcry over mass train cancellations as new Thameslink timetable begins
London passengers find many of the promised new services not running
Rail passengers trying to use the upgraded £7bn Thameslink service on Sunday were met with mass train cancellations and no information about why services were not running.
A huge publicity drive backed Sunday’s biggest ever timetable change but, despite the big build-up, passengers trying to get into and around London found few of the promised new services were actually running. For more than a year, Govia Trains has been working on an ambitious plan to merge its Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern train operations and introduce a raft of promised improvements.
Off the rails: Train timetable shake-up sparks anger among passengers
Sunday sees the biggest ever change to UK train times – many users claim there will be fewer stops and much longer journeys
Commuters could be in for a chaotic start on Monday morning as they struggle to come to terms with the biggest change to timetables in living memory. The biggest upheaval will be across the Southern, Gatwick Express, Thameslink and Great Northern networks run by GTR, which account for a quarter of all UK rail journeys, but services in and out of Manchester and Hull are also set for a major overhaul.
For the first time, trains will run through the capital, offering no-change services between Cambridge to Gatwick and Brighton. The new timetables will see every train time change on the GTR-run services, and in some cases trains will start and terminate at different stations.