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29 April: news in brief

Virus emergency delayed Network Rail projects

NETWORK RAIL has revealed that the current emergency affected its programme of upgrades over the Easter weekend, with 11 out of 23 ‘red’ schemes being reduced or postponed. Work costing £113 million had been planned and projects worth more than £81 million were completed, and 88 per cent of all work went ahead. These successful projects included blockades at Guildford in Surrey and at Ableton Lane, between the Severn Tunnel and Pilning, for the renewal of pointwork.

Another legal challenge to HS2

ANOTHER High Court action over HS2 is being staged by a homeowner who is challenging existing proposals for tunnels on the approach to London Euston. It is being alleged that the present scheme would risk causing ‘catastrophic’ damage to property in Camden. The High Court has ordered HS2 Ltd to provide updated plans within a week, along with reassurances that the tunnels would be safe.

NHS fundraiser Captain Tom honoured by GWR

AN Intercity Express is being named by GWR for Captain Tom Moore, who has raised more than £29 million for the NHS and celebrates his 100th birthday tomorrow. War veteran Captain Tom has raised the money by completing laps around his garden in Bedfordshire, using a walking frame. The train bearing his name will enter service as part of the celebrations for his birthday, which will also include an RAF flypast in his honour. He has already received more than 125,000 birthday cards.

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