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NCE was very grateful to the RAF during its recent trip to Iraq but suggests that the Strategic Rail Authority might want to look to the armed forces for advice on how to make a travel service run on time. Despite a 45 minute delay in taking-off from Kuwait, a lengthy stop for fuel in Cyprus, and a further hour delay in Germany to search for lost luggage, the plane still managed to land in Brize Norton on schedule. With slack like that in a rail timetable, trains would never run late ...

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