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Today's ruling the EU court on the duty of care owed to passengers by airlines is significant. Our guide to how it could affect you.

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Experts warn of £12bn 'catch up cost' for filling potholes

The "catch up cost" of filling the potholes plaguing Britain's roads would be £12bn, with much of the work done to repair damaged roads undone by winter's heavy rainfall, experts have warned in a report.

Read: £200 million fund for local councils to help fix potholes

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The AIA said that much of the pothole work done over the last 12 months had been counteracted by the ultra-high winter 2014 rainfall level. Credit: PA

Read: £140 million to mend roads damaged by wettest winter

Getting the roads back into a reasonable condition was thought to cost £10.5bn last year, but according to a report from the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) the cost has continued to rise to an average of £90m per local council.

The cost of restoring the roads to a reasonable condition has risen by 30% since last year, despite local councils filling more than two million potholes over the last twelve months.

This was despite a 20% decrease in the shortfall in annual road maintenance budgets reported by local authorities, with the shortfall reducing from an average of £6.2 million to £5.1 million per authority in England.

The figures were greeted with alarm by motoring groups and also by the Local Government Association (LGA) which said the country was facing a "roads crisis escalating at an alarming pace".

Read: Britain has 'pothole epidemic'

Roaming charges abroad set to end in 2015

Using a mobile phone in another European country could soon be cheaper than using it at home says the European parliament's Industry Committee, who are voting to pass the legislation today.

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Roaming to be abolished in December 2015 Credit: REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

Roaming is a method of wirelessly connecting to a network without breaking your connection when abroad. A phone user can connect to at least 15 operators and virtual networks when abroad including Three, Virgin Media, France's Free and Italy's FastWeb.

According to the EU bill, this will give them "the confidence to stay connected when they travel in the Union without being subject to additional charges over and above the tariffs."

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More fog warnings issued for tonight

The Met Office has issued yellow warning for fog for Thursday evening and Friday morning.

More than 40 flights were cancelled across the UK this morning as thick fog covered England and parts of Scotland.

Read: Dense fog causes flight delays and cancellations

More travel disruption as thick fog covers England

Thick fog across England and parts of Scotland is causing travel disruptions as the Met office extended the yellow warning for fog until 11 am.

Flights have been cancelled or delayed at a number of airports.

Traffic on the M25 motorway near to Heathrow Airport Credit: PA Wire
A British Airways plane sits on the apron at Heathrow Airport Credit: PA Wire
Some flights were cancelled due to the fog Credit: PA Wire

Fog set to clear for most of UK by mid-morning

Daybreak weather presenter Laura Tobin has said the dense fog will clear away before lunchtime:

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Fog is causing delays at lots of airports & on the roads. It'll clear around 10-11am but will longer all day in the midlands. @daybreak

*Find out whether your flights are cancelled due to fog *

More flights cancelled as thick fog covers England

Flights across the UK were cancelled due to low visibility as the Met office issued yellow warning for fog.

Following airports are affected:

The Met office said the fog will be slow to clear, with visibility below 100 meters in many places across England and south west Scotland.

The skies should be clearer by midday.

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More flights cancelled due to thick fog

A number of domestic flights from London have been cancelled because of early-morning fog.

Arrivals and departures were cancelled at London City Airport where forecasters said visibility was down to below 100 metres.

"The fog is quite extensive across much of England and Wales this morning, and quite a few places will be waking up to quite foggy conditions," said Chris Burton, from forecasters MeteoGroup.

Flights cancelled in London due to thick fog

Several flights at London City Airport were cancelled this morning due to thick fog and low visibility across England and south west Scotland.

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The Met office issued yellow warning for fog in England and parts of Scotland. Travel disruptions are expected elsewhere.

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