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    Thomas Cook Collapses

    For those who may not know: Fosun International brought the brand assets, along with the Casa Cook and Cook Club Hotel chains in November and the Fosun Tourism owned Thomas Cook Tourism UK Limited, is expected to be up and running come June. http://www.thomascook.com is now a holding page, for...
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    Aviation Discussion

    Virgin Australia has gone into Voluntary Administration with a near 5 Billion Australian Dollar debt pile, putting about 16,000 jobs at risk. Virgin Atlantic have requested a £500 Million bailout from the Gov, which as clearly and seemingly fallen on death ears. And 4 Swedish & Danish...
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    Coronavirus: Rail Franchise Franchise Agreements Suspended for 6 Months

    One off the press in the past few minutes - all rail franchise agreements suspended for 6 months, with the cost and risk transferred to DfT. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-ensures-ticket-refunds-and-protects-services-for-passengers-with-rail-emergency-measures
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    Formula 1

    Indeed, as 8 races need to be held for there to be a valid championship.
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    Formula 1

    Some rather bad breaking news: McLaren have just withdrawn from the season opening Australian Grand Prix, due to a positive COVID-19 test for one of it's team members. I'd be amazed if the season reaches 20 races, let alone the 22 as planned!
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    Coronavirus.

    McLaren have just withdrawn from the season opening Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, due to a positive test for one of it's team members.
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    Formula 1

    2020 Testing is here! Williams are fairly up on there lap count and lap times on 2019.
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    HS2: Government to give high-speed rail line the go-ahead

    The Oakervee Review has now been formally published. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/864842/oakervee-review.pdf
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    HS2: Government to give high-speed rail line the go-ahead

    As a Wolverhampton resident and believer in such development, I am delighted that the wrangling is over and that the green light has been given. This will free up the West Coast Mainline massively and enable much better services going forward. I think that Brum-Crewe being now linked into...
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    Ireland General Election 2020

    Our Irish Cousins go to the polls on Saturday, with it set to be an extraordinary and political plate shifting result in sight. Sinn Fein, who kissed and made up with the DUP last month and helped reform the Northern Ireland Executive, were IN THE LEAD, of the latest IPSOS Mori poll for...
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    Northern franchise to end 1 March 2020 with Operator of Last Resort to take over

    Also now live is the information website, which has a lengthy Q&A and also confirms, that the branding and name will remain. https://www.northern.olrholdings.co.uk/faqs/customers
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    Northern franchise to end 1 March 2020 with Operator of Last Resort to take over

    Here is the full written statement, by Grant Shapps as laid in the Commons: copied directly from the House Papers app.
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    Northern franchise to end 1 March 2020 with Operator of Last Resort to take over

    Northern Rail to lose franchise and placed into OLR control on March 1st. Beth Rigby of Sky has tweeted:
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    EU Referendum: The result and aftermath...

    The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 is now a law of the United Kingdom, with Royal Assent having been signified.
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    DfT: South Western Railway NOT Financially Sustainable

    That is the view, of Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, who has released the following statement this morning: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/rail-update-on-south-western-railway

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