Part of M20 to be used as lorry park to counter Brexit jams at Channel

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.

Related: Tracking lorries won’t solve Irish border issue, hauliers say

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Network Rail appoints new chief – with smaller pay packet than predecessor

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.

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Isles of Scilly helicopter service resumes amid row over 'spoiling tactics'

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.

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Cancellations and delays as new rail timetables introduced

Cancellations and delays as new rail timetables introduced

Northern and Thameslink services particularly affected on ‘meltdown Monday’

Widespread cancellations and disruption for rail passengers have accompanied the introduction of new timetables, with Northern and Thameslink services particularly affected.

Many commuters who had altered their normal routines for rescheduled trains arrived at stations on Monday morning only to find services cancelled.

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Can you ID the city from its metro 'M' sign – quiz

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

Beijing, China

New York City

Tokyo, Japan

Athens, Greece

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Mexico City

Chicago

San Francisco

Los Angeles

Almaty, Kazakhstan

Moscow, Russia

Warsaw, Poland

Newcastle, England

Glasgow, Scotland

Washington DC

Madrid, Spain

Lisbon, Portugal

Paris, France

Copenhagen, Denmark

Oslo, Norway

Malmö, Sweden

Belgrade, Serbia

Istanbul, Turkey

Tbilisi, Georgia

Las Vegas, US

Málaga, Spain

Marseille, France

Kuwait City

Cairo, Egypt

Doha, Qatar

Moscow, Russia

Kiev, Ukraine

Lyon, France

Naha, Japan

Seoul, South Korea

Manila, Philippines

14 and above.

Excellent!

13 and above.

Excellent!

12 and above.

Well done

11 and above.

Well done

10 and above.

Good

9 and above.

Good

8 and above.

OK

7 and above.

OK

6 and above.

hmm

5 and above.

hmm

4 and above.

hmm

3 and above.

Poor

2 and above.

Poor

0 and above.

Poor

1 and above.

Poor

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Timetable shakeup: UK rail commuters braced for rush-hour disruption – live

Timetable shakeup: UK rail commuters braced for rush-hour disruption – live

Commuters across south east England face altered or reduced services as part of a timetable changes

Hundreds of thousands of rail commuters in the south-east could be back to work with a bump after the royal wedding weekend thanks to the biggest train timetable change in decades.

Govia Thameslink Railway, which operates Britain’s largest rail franchise, covering a quarter of all journeys and carrying about 500,000 passengers daily, has rescheduled every train as it brings in more than 400 extra services a day.

Related: Have you been affected by Thameslink timetable changes?

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Luton tops list of UK's worst airports for flight delays

Luton tops list of UK's worst airports for flight delays

Analysis of 25 airports rates Gatwick as second worst and Heathrow as most punctual

The worst UK airports for flight punctuality have been revealed, with the longest delays at London’s Luton.

Departures from the Bedfordshire airport were an average of 20 minutes late in 2017, according to a Press Association analysis of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) data.

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Have you been affected by Thameslink timetable changes?

Have you been affected by Thameslink timetable changes?

Passenger groups and unions have been critical of changes they say could mean working lives are severely impacted

Commuters across south east England face altered or reduced services as part of a timetable shakeup set to cause disruption beginning Sunday.

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Outcry over mass train cancellations as new Thameslink timetable begins

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.

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Off the rails: Train timetable shake-up sparks anger among passengers

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.

Related: Nationalisation of east coast mainline was the only viable option | Nils Pratley

Related: Why won’t Southern Rail let me make a joint claim for a delay?

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