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The European Union is to launch a tunnel safety leaflet aimed at tunnel users across Europe. The leaflet will explain the typical safety equipment requirement for road tunnels and offer suggested actions in case of breakdown, emergency and congestion.

The Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) has reached agreement with Virgin Rail Group over the operation of the West Coast Main Line and Cross Country franchises. Under the deal both franchises will be run with subsidies from the SRA until March 2003, when the WCML franchise is to be renegotiated.

Virgin holds the franchise for both routes until 2012.

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