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Tube strike talks to resume today

Talks are due to resume later today to try and avert a second tube strike planned for August 5th.

All four transport unions are due to strike on August 5th Credit: Reuters

Discussions at reconciliation service ACAS between union leaders and tube bosses have so far failed.

All four transport unions are planning to walk out in a row over conditions for staff when the new night tube service begins later this year. Last week's strike was the biggest for 13 years and brought the whole network to a standstill.


Former TfL boss Sir Peter Hendy takes over at Network Rail

Former Transport for London Commissioner Sir Peter Hendy will start his first day on the job as the new chairman of Network Rail today.

Sir Peter Hendy was a senior figure at TfL for almost 15 years before being made chairman of Network Rail Credit: Transport for London

He was installed in the job by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin late last month. It's hoped he can help rescue Britain's rail network after over-running engineering work at stations such as London Bridge led to a catalogue of delays for commuters. He is expected by the government to undertake a review of Network Rail's investment programme over the next few months.

London Underground boss Mike Brown is taking over as the interim TfL Commissioner until a permanent replacement is recruited.

Gatwick bosses accuse runway reports of using 'inaccurate assumptions'

Bosses at Gatwick Airport have criticised a report recommending a new runway should be built at Heathrow, accusing it of relying on an inaccurate 'economic modelling of assumptions'.

easyJet plane landing at Gatwick Airport Credit: PA

Sir Roy McNulty, chairman of the Gatwick Airport Board, said the Airports Commission had understated both Gatwick's strengths and the challenges faced by Heathrow when it made its decision to favour a new runway at the west London airport.

Credit: PA

We are quite absolutely sure that what they have finally settled on does not make sense, and we will be putting that point as strongly as we can to the Government.

– Sir Roy McNulty, chairman of the Gatwick Airport Board
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