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Nottingham train station evacuated after fire

Media playback is unsupported on your device Firefighters are tackling a huge blaze at Nottingham railway station. Ten fire crews are at the city centre station after the fire broke out at about 06:30 GMT. Flames have been seen and smoke has filled the station’s foyer. The building has been evacuated and trains have been stopped from entering and leaving all platforms. Fire officers said the “fully developed fire” is in the main concourse of the station and has spread to the roof. A cordon has been put in place…

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Virgin West Coast train firm stops selling Daily Mail

Virgin Trains has announced that it has stopped selling the Daily Mail newspaper on its West Coast trains. A spokesperson for Virgin said it regularly reviewed products sold on its trains, adding that “after listening to feedback from our people” it decided to stop stocking copies of the paper. A Daily Mail spokesman called the decision “disgraceful”. Last year, stationery chain Paperchase apologised for a promotional giveaway in the Mail following criticism. The Virgin spokesperson added that when it stocked the paper, which it stopped carrying in November, it only…

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Rail strikes: Train workers at five firms walkout in safety row

Commuters are facing up to three days of disruption, as staff at five train firms begin a fresh wave of strikes in separate disputes over “rail safety”. Rail, Maritime and Transport union members at Northern, Merseyrail, South Western Railway and Greater Anglia will strike on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. RMT members at Southern will also stage a 24-hour walkout on Monday. A Department for Transport spokesman said the five franchises will “keep passengers moving” during the strikes. Planned action The 24-hour walkouts were called over separate disputes, all concerning rail…

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Amtrak Washington train crash: Investigators focus on speed

Media playback is unsupported on your device A US passenger train that derailed, killing three people, was going at 81mph (130km/h) on a curve with a restricted speed limit, according to data from a train tracking website. The curve’s speed limit drops to 30mph. Passengers say the train rocked and creaked as it took the bend fast before barrelling off a bridge on to a motorway packed with traffic. It happened in Washington state during rush hour on Monday and officials say 72 people were taken to hospitals. A number…

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Washington train crash: Rail carriage falls on US motorway

A train carriage has plummeted on to a motorway in Washington state and there are reports of casualties. The Amtrak train car fell from an overpass, landing on the I-5 highway outside Seattle. All lanes of traffic have been closed. Authorities have not yet confirmed the extent of casualties. But witnesses say several people have been injured. Local news stations report that this was the inaugural run of the new high-speed rail line. The crash occurred around 07:30 (15:30 GMT), about 45 minutes into train 501’s journey between Portland and…

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French school bus in fatal train crash

A train and a school bus have collided near Perpignan in south France, leaving at least three dead, reports say. Another nine people were reported to be injured on the bus, seven of them seriously in the incident between Millas and Saint-Feliu-d’Amont. The students on the bus are reported to be between the ages of 11 and 15. “All emergency services have been mobilised and a crisis co-ordination unit set up,” a local official told Reuters. Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne called the crash a “terrible accident” and said on Twitter…

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