Newslinks | 20th August 2007

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Railway Expansions 2010 east coast plan to reinstate London-Lincoln trains

Transport Briefing carries the details of the new East Coast rail franchise, promising a 20% increase in seating capacity, the restoration of direct London to Lincoln train services, and major improvements to customer facilities. With the implementation of WiFi on each new train, this is an important legacy project, better connecting London to the rest of the UK and reducing the need to drive to the capital.

Meanwhile, the Guardian reports that the UK's fastest train is on track for a 2009 start.

The train, built by the company that makes Japan's iconic bullet train, will run at 140mph on commuter services into London from 2009 and be quicker than any service except the Eurostar, which goes to Paris and Brussels. It is also raising hopes of a new era of high-speed rail travel in Britain to emulate the world-famous Japanese Shinkansen and the French TGV.

Heathrow Protests

The Camp for Climate Action continues to blockade the offices of BAA, operator of Heathrow (reports the BBC).

The Sunday Times carries a good explanation of the Camp's aims.

Conservative Mayoral Candidates Hustings

ConservativeHome has the rough timetable for the hustings meetings for the four remaining Conservative candidates for Mayor. No details beyond the dates and location are given, but bearing in mind the open nature of the primary, these events should be open to all:

Monday 10 September 6.30 pm, Thames Room, Park Plaza Riverbank, 18 Albert Embankment SE1 7JT

Tuesday 11 September, 7.30 pm Lambourne Room, Town Hall, High Road, Ilford IG1 1DD

Wednesday 12 September, 7.30 pm Winston Churchill Hall, Mannor Farm Site, Pinn Way, Ruislip, Middx HA4 7QL

Friday 14 September, 7.30 pm Open Door Community Centre, Keevil Drive, Beaumont Road, London SW19 6TF