Drones Force Suspension of All Flights at Gatwick

All flights into and out of Gatwick airport are currently suspended, after the sighting of drones over the airfield overnight.

The airport issued the following statement at 0730 this morning (Thursday December 20):

“Flights to and from Gatwick Airport remain suspended following reports of drones flying over Gatwick’s airfield last night and in the early hours of this morning.

“We are advising passengers scheduled to fly from Gatwick not to travel to the airport without checking the status of their flight with their airline this morning.

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LNER 'Seat Sensor' Tech Helps Passengers to Find Free Seats

If you struggle to find an unreserved seat on a busy train, LNER has come up with a solution so you'll spend less time standing. LNER (London North Eastern Railway) has officially begun using its world-first innovation 'Seat Sensor' technology which records the current future status of a seat's availability.

This technology is now live on all LNER trains displaying reservations above the seats using a traffic light system.

This consists of:

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New LNER Hitachi “Azuma” Fleet To Be Installed With State-of-the-Art Wi-Fi

LNER (London North Eastern Railways) have chosen Icomera to deliver Next Generation passenger Wi-Fi on their new “Azuma” fleet of 65 Hitachi intercity Express trains. The project is set to be completed by early 2020.

Icomera will implement its new 5G ready X5 mobile access and applications router on board, meaning LNER passengers will be amongst the first to experience Icomeras new technology.

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Major disruption to rail services between Edinburgh and London

LNER have announced this morning that they are unable to operate electric trains on their Edinburgh services, because of overhead line damage covering over six miles of the route near Durham.
Therefore LNER will be operating a reduced timetable today, using diesel trains to operate an hourly service on the Edinburgh-London route.

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LNER Cancels rail services in Scotland, Leeds and London

LNER are sorry to announce that a small number of their services between London King’s Cross and Leeds, and the weekday direct service between Stirling and Edinburgh, will be cancelled from 13 August 2018 onwards. They issued a statement apologising for any inconvenience this causes and confirmed the following services will be affected:

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Be the first to travel on the brand new Azuma train. Tickets available.

We reported back in August last year how the new Azuma train shaved 22 minutes off the current journey time between London and Edinburgh in trials carried out by train manufacturer Hitachi. It was part of a testing phase to be completed prior to the roll out of the new 65-strong fleet.

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ALL CHANGE and NO CHANGE to East Coast Rail !

As you may recall last month we reported the governments decision to make changes to the current East Coast rail franchise. It has now been confirmed that London North Eastern Railway, or LNER as you’ll come to know it, is to be the new operator for the East Coast line from Sunday 24 June. A new operator but pretty much everything else stays the same. The same trains will be operating to the same timetable, so there will be no impact to services as a result of this transition to LNER.

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