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In the papers today - Wednesday 11th July

Virgin Trains has demanded an urgent meeting with the Department for Transport, after it was stripped of the contract to operate the Cross Country franchise.
Virgin said it was 'extremely disappointed' by the Government's announcement that from November the franchise will switch to Arriva. Virgin's contract to run Cross Country, which covers around 1,600 miles of track, including the Aberdeen to Penzance and Birmingham to Stansted Airport routes, had not been due to expire until 2012. But the Department of Transport was entitled to withdraw the franchise exercise early and has been running a re-tendering process - The Independent The first parking bays solely for the elderly were unveiled yesterday. Hillingdon council in West London aims to make parking easier for the borough's 35,000 residents aged 50 and over - The Daily Telegraph China could have the technology to produce aerospace-grade titanium in three years' time, according to a senior Chinese mining executive. The country is already one of the word's largest producers and consumers of titanium, although its production has been largely confined to lower-grade titanium of the sort used in bicycle frames, golf clubs, or anti-corrosive pipes for the chemical industry - The Financial Times

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