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Around The House: Should the East Coast rail service be nationalised long-term?

Later this month, the East Coast service comes back into public ownership for the 3rd time in a decade, after the failure of the Stagecoach/Virgin franchise.

After a disastrous few weeks on the railways - with thousands of Northern Rail services cancelled - Labour is stepping up its call for the train companies to be nationalised.

Paul Brand and guests Baroness McIntosh of Pickering (Con) and Sedgefield Labour MP Phil Wilson consider how the East Coast service should be run:

Around The House is at 10.45pm (Thurs 14 June) on ITV Tyne Tees.


Weather: Storm Hector rattles through

Storm Hector is now starting to pull away from the UK.

But not before bringing unusually windy conditions for June.

Credit: Garry Hornby

RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire recorded its windiest June day on record with a gust of 59mph.

Many places exceeded that:

Weather: Storm Hector

A very windy spell will develop during Wednesday night in association with a deep area of low pressure, now named Storm Hector.

The strongest winds will reach Northern Ireland during the early hours of Thursday before spreading eastwards across other northern parts of the UK during the morning.

Westerly winds are likely to gust between 50 and 60 mph in many areas and possibly around 70 mph in some exposed locations.

Winds should gradually ease from the west during Thursday afternoon.


Weather: Turning wet and windy

After a spell of calm and mostly warm weather there is a significant change on the way.

Very windy conditions are expected on Thursday with gusts of 50 to 60 mph likely.

The Met Office say:

  • There is a small chance of longer journey times or cancellations as road, rail, air and ferry services are affected
  • There is a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs
  • There is a slight chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
  • There is a small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties
  • There is a small chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris
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