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Southwest Airlines Flight Lands At Wrong Airport

Southwest Airlines Flight Lands At Wrong Airport

Southwest Airlines says it cannot explain how the packed aircraft landed seven miles from its intended destination.

A Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago is under investigation after it landed at the wrong airport seven miles from its intended destination.

Flight 4013, carrying 124 passengers and five crew members, was scheduled to fly from Chicago’s Midway International Airport to Branson Airport, Missouri.

But the Boeing 737-700 landed at Taney County Airport instead, on a runway half the size of it proper destination. read more

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New London Black Cab, Nissan Ditches Diesel

New London Black Cab, Nissan Ditches Diesel

Diesel engines are to be ditched in a new version of the London black cab, which has been launched by Japanese carmaker Nissan.

The company promised that its new 1.6 litre petrol-engine taxi will be cleaner than the current diesel cabs used in the capital and regional areas.

The new taxi comes with round headlamps, a re-modelled grille and new front-bumper panels.

It is a remodelled version of the vehicle first unveiled in August 2012, with modifications made following feedback from the office of London Mayor Boris Johnson. read more

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Rail Overcrowding May Lead To First Class Being Scrapped

Rail Overcrowding May Lead To First Class Being Scrapped

First class rail travel could be scrapped on busy commuter routes under plans that would see train companies being paid to provide extra standard class seats.

The Government said it was considering such a move to ease overcrowding and confirmed it was in talks with a number of operators about ideas including financial incentives for train firms with busy commuter routes who ditch their first class offering.

The plans emerged as rail fares in the UK rose by an average 3.1% – sparking one charity to warn of a potential return to cars for commuters as it would make more financial sense. read more

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Volkswagen Camper Van Reaches End Of The Road

Volkswagen Camper Van Reaches End Of The Road

One of the most iconic vehicles in motoring history has finally reached the end of the road.

The last ever Volkswagen “Type 2” – more commonly known as the VW Camper, kombi or bus – rolls off the production line on December 31.

It is being retired after 64 years in continuous production because it cannot be adapted to meet modern safety regulations.

The last kombi will be made in Brazil, the country which has produced them for 56 years and where they are a vital thread in the fabric of everyday life. read more

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London Bus Crash – 32 Passengers Injured

London Bus Crash – 32 Passengers Injured

A bus has crashed into a tree in south London, injuring 32 passengers, seven of them seriously, say police.

The accident happened around 10.50am on Kennington Road near the Imperial War Museum, while the number 59 bus was en route to King’s Cross.

Emergency services said several passengers had to be freed from the wreckage.

A 19-year-old woman and a man were the last to be rescued and are among those most badly hurt. read more

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TFL’s Festive Services

TFL’s Festive Services

The main changes to TFL’s services during the Festive period are as follows:

Festive services

Christmas Eve, Tuesday 24 December ‑ A reduced weekday service will operate across the Tube network until 20:00. Last trains will be earlier than usual. Buses will run until just after midnight.

Christmas Day, Wednesday 25 December ‑ There will be no service on the entire network. read more

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Computer Glitch Delays UK Flights

Computer Glitch Delays UK Flights

A technical problem at an air traffic control centre has led to delays and cancellations at major airports, including London’s Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.

Thousands of passengers have seen their flights delayed by a “technical problem” at southern England’s main air traffic control centre in Swanwick, Hampshire.

Airports in the south east of England – the world’s busiest airspace – have been hardest hit, with the knock-on impact disrupting flights across the UK and further afield.

Passengers have complained about a lack of information as they spend hours stuck on planes, waiting to find out if their flights will take off. read more

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UK Government Scraps The Paper Car Tax Disc After More Than 90 Years

UK Government Scraps The Paper Car Tax Disc After More Than 90 Years

Vehicle tax was introduced in the 1888 Budget and the system of excise duty applying specifically to motor vehicles was introduced with the Roads Act 1920, with the tax disc appearing the following year.

Almost a century after its introduction, in 1921, the UK government is set to scrap the paper car disc and go all in with its electronic register.

Its death was confirmed by the UK Treasury ahead of Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement later today, meaning motorists will no longer need fix a disc in their car window to prove they’ve taxed their car.

“This is a visual symbol of how we are moving government into the modern age,” says the UK government, which also announced that vehicle owners can pay for their duty by monthly direct debit, which will add 5 percent to the total cost. read more

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Accessible Tube

Accessible Tube

The London Underground (also known as the Tube or simply the Underground) is a public metro system serving a large part of Greater London and parts of the counties of Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Essex.

The system serves 270 stations and has 402 kilometres (250 mi) of track, 55 per cent of which is actually above ground.

The network incorporates the world’s first underground railway, the Metropolitan Railway, opened in 1863 and now part of the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines; and the first line to operate underground electric traction trains, the City & South London Railway in 1890, now part of the Northern line.

The network has expanded to 11 lines, and in 2011/12 it carried over 1 billion passengers. This year London Underground has celebrated 150 years of operations. read more

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