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Company who left train passengers stranded are fined

A train company has been fined £75,000 after they failed to protect the safety of passengers trapped on a broken down train at Dock Junction, London, in May 2011.

A First Capital Connect service from Brighton to Bedford lost power and became stranded for three hours.

The Office of Rail Regulation found that the company had not planned its response to deal with stranded trains or to provide those on board with accurate information.

Passengers had to call National Rail Enquiries for updates. They were also told that a rescue train would be coming during the three hours they were stranded, but it never did.


Motorcyclists' convoy from London to Brighton today

The convoy is part of the 20th Ace Café Reunion event and tens of thousands of motorcyclists are expected to attend. They travel along the anti-clockwise M25 between junction 16 and 7, the southbound M23 and the southbound A23.

Ben Wates, from the emergency planning team at the Highways Agency which is responsible for motorways and major trunk roads, said:

We are asking road users to plan their journeys and allow extra time as we are expecting the M25, M23 and A23 to be busier than normal. Highways Agency Traffic Officers at the regional control centre at Godstone will be monitoring traffic conditions and working to keep traffic flowing.

– Ben Wates, Highways Agency


Moscow is easyJet's 100th Gatwick route

Carolyn McCall, CEO of British low-cost airline EasyJet - Britain's biggest airline Credit: Masante Patrice/ABACA/Press Association Images

The new London Gatwick to Moscow service is easyJet's 100th route from the airport in West Sussex. The expansion into Russia is possible after the airline successfully bid for routes that came available when BMI was bought by BA's parent company.

Under a bilateral agreement between the UK and Russia only two airlines from each country between the two capitals. easyJet beat Virgin Atlantic Airways in getting permission to fly the route.

This is the first time Moscow has been served from London Gatwick airport with the airline expecting to fly more than a quarter of a million passengers between London Gatwick and Moscow annually.

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Maynard 'enjoyed socialising and enjoying himself'

Tom Maynard's father, the former England international Matthew Maynard, has said it is important his son is "remembered as a person as well as a cricketer" in a statement read at his inquest.

"He enjoyed socialising and to drink alcohol at the right times and to enjoy himself with the lads," Matthew Maynard added.

It was after a night of socialising that Tom Maynard abandoned his car after being spotted by police and was found on the train line at Wimbledon, south-west London.

Airlines challenge Heathrow over expansion costs

Responding to the publication of Heathrow Airport’s future investment plans and charges for the period 2014 to 2019, Virgin Atlantic Chief Operating Officer Steve Griffiths said:

Virgin Atlantic is totally committed to improving the passenger experience at Heathrow. However, we believe this can be done without a repeat of the incredibly steep price rises we have seen in airport charges in the last few years. Prices at Heathrow are triple the level they were ten years ago. Clearly this is a concern for all passengers travelling through Heathrow, and all airlines operating there.

– Virgin Atlantic Chief Operating Officer Steve Griffith
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