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World's biggest liners could be heading for Hull

Some of the world's biggest cruise-liners could soon be heading to Yorkshire after plans for a new cruise terminal took a big step forward. Hull City Council has backed plans that would see a new berth for the liners created on the Humber, close to the city centre, creating hundreds of jobs and bringing millions of pounds of tourists' cash to the area. But there is concern from some living near the waterfront that the area is not suitable as James Webster reports.

Bus with passengers onboard catches fire in York

Bus on fire Credit: Kristiina Hanson

An investigation is underway after a bus, believed to be carrying around 10 passengers, caught fire in York.

The fire started on a Park & Ride bus operated by First Bus. No-one was hurt. It took firefighters around 30 minutes to put out the blaze but bus services are now back to normal.

This is clearly a distressing incident but the actions of the bus driver are highly commendable which would appear to have prevented any serious casualties. Our primary concern is the safety and wellbeing of passengers and although it’s not clear what caused the fire, we have asked First Bus, as the operator of the Park&Ride service, to investigate this incident as a matter of urgency.

– Neil Ferris, assistant director for transport, highways and waste at City of York Council

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£38bn rail revamp 'reset' over costs and delays

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A £38 billion five-year Government plan with Network Rail to overhaul Britain's railways is being "reset" because it is "costing more and taking longer", Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has told MPs.

He said that electrification work is being "paused" on the Midland mainline and on the Transpennine route between Leeds and Manchester.

Mr McLoughlin blamed Network Rail for the problems and told MPs none of the executive directors would get a bonus for the past year.

Network Rail chairman Richard Parry-Jones is to step down and will be replaced by London's Transport Commissioner Sir Peter Hendy, Mr McLoughlin said.

Important aspects of Network Rail's investment programme are costing more and taking longer. Electrification is difficult. The UK supply chain for the complex signalling works needs to be stronger, construction rates have been slow.

It has taken longer to obtain planning consents from some local authorities than expected.

But that is no excuse - all of these problems could and should have been foreseen by Network Rail. So I want to inform the House of the action I am taking to reset this programme and get it back on track.

– Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin

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