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Freight train derailed in Lincolnshire

Services have been suspended on East Midlands Trains between Lincoln Central and Grimsby Town due to a derailed freight train between Lincoln Central and Market Rasen.

Trains are not currently running between Lincoln Central and Grimsby Town and disruption is expected for the remainder of today.

Road transport will replace trains.

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

Credit: PA

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


Leicestershire police to increase patrols at accident hotspots

Leicestershire police will be stopping vehicles in a secret location. Credit: PA

Leicestershire police will be patrolling and stopping motorists at a secret location today in a new campaign to clamp down on dangerous driving.

The force says FATAL4 'clinics' are designed to reinforce local concerns about speeding, using mobile phones, not wearing seat belts along with drink driving.

Motorists will be monitored and drivers seen to be committing one or more of the FATAL4 offences will escorted to the nearby sports ground car park to be dealt with by a police officer.

Since January 2014, 712 drivers and passengers have been stopped for not wearing a seatbelts, 140 drivers for using a mobile phone behind the wheel, 55 for speeding and one driver has failed a breath test.

Three fire engines attend major crash closing M6 South

Three fire engines are dealing with a major smash on the M6 which has closed the Southbound carriageways on the motorway at Junction 7.

Two cars and one lorry have been involved, and fire crews are assessing the casualties and using cutting equipment to try to get them free.

Motorists are being advised to avoid the area.

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