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Million pound works to improve airport access tunnels

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Tens of millions of pounds is being spent giving the road tunnels into Heathrow a makeover to improve safety and allow a new generation of heavier planes to travel on the runway which goes over them.

The tunnels off the M4 were built in the 1950s and are used by 55,000 vehicles a day.

Now the two 630m-long access routes are being refurbished in overnight works to allow the airport to operate as normal during the day.

New fire systems are being installed and they're being made stronger to cope with a new generation of larger planes like the A380.

Tube station temporarily closes due to staff shortage

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A busy London Underground station temporarily closed for almost an hour because it did not have enough staff.

Travellers who wanted to use Oxford Circus underground, in the heart of central London's busy shopping district, found it was shut from 8.58am to 9.46am, and that trains were not stopping.

Oxford Circus is a connecting hub for the Bakerloo, Central and Victoria lines.

A Transport for London spokesman said: "Due to a staff shortage, Oxford Circus Underground Station was closed for a short period between 8.58am and 9.46am with trains not stopping at the station. This has now been resolved and all trains are stopping normally.

"During the short station closures, customers could continue to use Tube stations in the area, including Bond Street, Piccadilly Circus and Tottenham Court Road."

Passengers were evacuated from the station as an emergency alarm sounded.

A repeated announcement said: "Ladies and gentlemen, your attention please: due to a reported emergency would all passengers leave the station immediately."

A sign reading "Emergency do not enter" was illuminated over the entrances to the station before the gates were closed.


Woman dies following fall on a bus

Officers have appealed for witnesses after a 77-year-old woman died following a fall on a bus Credit: Met Police

A 77-year-old woman has died in hospital after falling over while on a bus in Chiswick.

Police were called just after 1.30pm yesterday to a report of an unconscious woman on board an E3 bus on Chiswick High Road, near the junction with Duke Road.

At this stage, officers think she fell and was injured while travelling on the bus.

She was taken to hospital suffering from a head injury, and died shortly before 5pm yesterday. Her relatives have been informed.

No one has been arrested and police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the woman's death. They have appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

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Rail fares to rise 1% as inflation shows little movement

Rail fares will rise by 1% in January 2016.

Average rail fares will increase by 1% from January, after the Retail Prices Index (RPI) stood at that amount in July, unchanged from the previous month.

It comes after the government froze fares in real terms for the next five years by matching them to the inflation measure.

Meanwhile, the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) measure rose to 0.1% in July from 0% in June, official figures also showed.

The Office for National Statistics, which released the figures, said it was the sixth month running that CPI, the headline measure of inflation, stood at or very close to zero.

It said the slight 0.1% increase was mainly due to clothing costs, with "smaller price reductions in this year's summer sales compared with a year ago".

"Food and motor fuel prices continue to fall and have helped stop a larger rise in the rate of inflation," head of CPI Richard Campbell said.

'Progressive Tube talks' raise hopes of resolving dispute

Talks to try and avert two more 24-hour Tube strikes were described by one union leader today as 'progressive'.

TSSA union leader leader, Manuel Cortes, said there was hope the dispute over Night Tubes may be resolved soon. More talks are due to take place next week.

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The talks have been progressive so far and we hope to continue them into next week in the hope of getting a fair and honourable settlement to both sides. There is now a framework in place to progress all the issues which hopefully means that, in the near future, Londoners will be able to benefit from the new Night Tube service. This will take time but with good will on both sides, there is hope at last that this may be resolved.

– Manuel Cortes, TSSA leader
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