Amsterdam's Schiphol axes all flights as storm brings chaos to Europe

Amsterdam's Schiphol axes all flights as storm brings chaos to Europe

Severe storm lashes Belgium, Germany, Amsterdam and UK, uprooting power lines and trees

All flights at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam have been cancelled as a severe storm batters north-west Europe.

The hub scrapped 260 flights amid gusts of nearly 90mph (140kph). “Due to severe weather conditions all air traffic has been suspended until further notice,” a spokesman said.

Related: UK gales fell trees, disrupt travel and close schools

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Environmental protesters at HS2 site threatened with injunction

Environmental protesters at HS2 site threatened with injunction

Letters served at Hillingdon site say government plans to seek high court injunctions to prevent further demonstrations

Seven environmental protesters on the site of the HS2 development in the Colne Valley in Hillingdon have been threatened with injunctions by the transport secretary and HS2 Ltd in a bid to prevent their continued demonstrations on the controversial site.

Letters were served on Tuesday by hand at the Harvil Road site, where regular protests against the impact of the project on trees and wildlife have been staged since last October. They inform the protesters that the government and HS2 plan to seek high court injunctions against them to prevent them from demonstrating on the site.

Related: HS2 investigates ‘unacceptable’ behaviour by guards

Related: HS2 protester spends night under digger in effort to stop demolition

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Four cities, 1 hour, 1.3m people: new northern rail plan revealed

Four cities, 1 hour, 1.3m people: new northern rail plan revealed

Northern Powerhouse Rail – a fast line between Bradford, Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool – could create 850,000 jobs, says transport body

A new fast rail link between Liverpool and Leeds would allow 1.3 million people in the north of England to reach four cities in less than an hour, adding billions to the local economy, according to the body tasked with improving transport infrastructure in the region.

Transport for the North (TfN) has proposed a new train line that would connect Bradford to Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and beyond – a transformational development for a city severely hampered by lacking a through-railway station.

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Bristol investigates underground system to ease congestion

Bristol investigates underground system to ease congestion

Council says it could cost about £4bn to build three lines but critics dismiss idea as ‘pie in the sky’

Bristol is investigating the possibility of building an underground system to ease the city’s growing congestion problems.

The local council has said it could cost about £4bn to build three lines, including one linking the airport with the city centre.

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Please hold on: TfL urged to get a grip over annoying bus warnings

Please hold on: TfL urged to get a grip over annoying bus warnings

‘Unbearable’ announcement that vehicle is about to move is played after it has already set off

You wait ages for a London bus announcement and then 50 come along at once, according to passengers who have criticised Transport for London over a new and “unbearable” announcement intended to stop people falling over.

The warning, “Please hold on, the bus is about to move”, is supposed to be played moments before the vehicle pulls away from a bus stop, but a technical glitch has meant the warning sounds after the bus has already started moving – much to the frustration of commuters in the capital.

“Please hold on, the bus is about to move”. As the bus is already moving. Every. Time. What were you thinking, @TfL ??

TfL’s new ‘please hold on, the bus is about to move’ after it’s already started to move is the most soul-destroying thing ever. Someone make it stop please.

when I close my eyes to sleep at night, all I’m gonna hear is “please hold on, the bus is about to move”

Please hold on the bus is about to move Please hold on the bus is about to move Please hold on the bus is about to move Please hold on the bus is about to move Please hold on the bus is about to move Please hold on the bus is about to move PLEASE HOLD ON THE BUS IS ABOUT TO MOVE

This trial has to end. These announcements are making bus journeys unbearable. It’s like water torture

@tfl thanks for reminding me to please hold on the bus is about to move when then bus is already moving after every single bus stop. pic.twitter.com/dNbek765Wa

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Carillion lenders consider appeal to save firm from collapse

Carillion lenders consider appeal to save firm from collapse

Despite late rescue bid, administrators prepare to take action, prompting fears for 43,000 jobs, major projects and crucial public services

Construction firm Carillion is hoping for an eleventh-hour rescue to save it from collapse amid fears for the future of a host of major government projects and day-to-day services, from schools to hospitals, prisons and the army.

The Cabinet Office hosted emergency talks on Sunday aimed at mapping out a future for a company that employs 43,000 people – including nearly 20,000 in the UK – but the meeting broke up without a rescue deal being announced.

What is Carillion?

Related: Carillion has paid a heavy price for too many risky contracts | Nils Pratley

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When private meets public sector: the history of a tangled relationship

When private meets public sector: the history of a tangled relationship
Outsourcing has become a way of life in British politics: but its list of failures and disappointments is lengthening

Interaction between the private and public sectors can be a politically charged process in the UK, not least when the contracts that underpin such a partnership go wrong. Here are some recent examples of cooperation between public bodies and private companies that have caused controversy.

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Nottingham railway station reopens after fire

Nottingham railway station reopens after fire

Most train services resume as police search for those behind suspected arson attack which caused significant damage

Nottingham station has reopened after it was damaged by a huge fire as police hunt for those responsible for the suspected arson attack.

About 60 firefighters tackled the blaze, which started at 6.30am on Friday and spread to the main concourse and roof but did not cause any injuries.

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Vicar unchained from tree after protest against HS2 work at Euston

Vicar unchained from tree after protest against HS2 work at Euston

Dozen of planes near central London station to be felled in preparation for high-speed rail link development

A protesting priest has been voluntarily unchained from one of 200 trees around Euston that HS2 is felling in preparation for the high-speed rail line.

We’d like to hear from you if you, your community or your business is affected by the planned route of HS2.

Related: HS2: service held for 60,000 to be exhumed at Euston burial ground

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Carillion crisis: take contracts back under public control, government urged

Carillion crisis: take contracts back under public control, government urged

Labour and unions demand recall of outsourced NHS, education and rail contracts from debt-hit construction firm

The government is being urged to bring contracts from Carillion back into public control amid fears the construction company could collapse.

The firm is a major supplier to the government with contracts across education, the NHS and the rail industry, including HS2.

NHS
•Manages facilities including 200 operating theatres and 11,800 beds
•Makes more than 18,500 patient meals per day
•Helpdesks manage 1.5m calls per year
•Engineering teams carry out maintenance work

Related: Government admits plans in place for Carillion collapse

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