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By Andy McDandy
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Russia, Canada, and the heart of Africa (which China is getting its claws into).

Still, reduces reliance on, and involvement in, the Middle East.
 
By youngian
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And old mines in Nevada.
Vanadium: The metal that may soon be powering your neighbourhood http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-27829874" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Here's a good guide. Indonesia will also enjoy a bonus in nickel mining
Here are the raw materials we need to fuel the electric car boom http://uk.businessinsider.com/materials ... ?r=US&IR=T" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
 
By Bones McCoy
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youngian wrote:And old mines in Nevada.
Vanadium: The metal that may soon be powering your neighbourhood http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-27829874" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Here's a good guide. Indonesia will also enjoy a bonus in nickel mining
Here are the raw materials we need to fuel the electric car boom http://uk.businessinsider.com/materials ... ?r=US&IR=T" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
But if the Bexiteers wish hard enough, I'm sure we'll locate a seam of pure vanadium lying directly in line with the Crossrail tunnels.
By PaulOnBooks
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Big political mysteries of our time: why isn't Chris Grayling more unpopular?
http://www.newstatesman.com/2017/08/big ... -unpopular" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Somehow, in a public sphere and media culture that thrives on personal attacks aimed at the other side, the Transport Secretary has gone largely unscathed.

Which is odd, because he is – let’s not put too fine a point on this – dreadful. I don’t mean personally: for all I know, he’s entirely charming. But in terms of his actions, he is ideological, hyper-partisan and, least forgivably, incompetent.
 
By Big Arnold
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A proposal to allow trains from Eastbourne to travel directly to London St Pancras has been backed by the Secretary of State for Transport. Chris Grayling expressed his support for the plan when he visited Ashford on November 3. A proposed new track layout at Ashford International station would allow trains from Eastbourne to go directly to London St Pancras – and then potentially on to the Continent on the Eurostar – without passengers having to change trains
Where to start? Eastbourne to Ashford takes 1 hour 20 minutes. One train an hour and fifteen miles of the journey is on a single track. It's not electrified so the trains are two carriage diesels. So who in their right mind would go from Eastbourne to London via Ashford? Especially when the Eurostar stops at Ashford anyway.


http://www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/news/ ... -1-8247280" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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By bluebellnutter
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Network Rail have already said they're enormously disinclined to create any new 3rd rail electrified route mileage. Which suggests one of three things;

1. Some third rail route-mileage closes to make the space.
2. Hastings to Ashford is electrified using 25kv AC overhead wiring, which makes it different to literally everything else around it.
3. Chris Grayling is going to completely change Network Rail's entire network strategy just to appease the people of Eastbourne.

There is a fourth option, of course, which is that Chris Grayling is talking out of his arse. But I kinda thought that was a bit obvious.
 
By Big Arnold
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Tories Accused Of 'Great Train Robbery' As Taxpayer Faces £2bn Bill Over Botched Rail Re-Privatisation
The controversial decision was slipped out to MPs last month as part of a wider rail strategy that focused instead on re-opening rural routes axed in the 1970s.
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/l ... k-homepage
 
By bluebellnutter
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Reshuffle balls-up involving our Chris as the BBC said there were plans for him to become the new Chairman of the Conservative Party, the CCHQ Twitter feed tweeted it's congratulations only for it to emerge at the exact same moment there was "internal pushback" and he wasn't getting the job imminently.

Awkward.

By mr angry manchester
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We are having this discussion about the Northern Trains fiasco at the minute on a railway forum I go on. The general consensus appears to be that the current model on the railways, ie separation of the track/infrastructure from the train operators is a mess and either:

1, Renationalise and return to British Rail

or

2, Fully privatise and return to something like it was pre nationalisation, ie unified company owning both the track and operating the trains, something like the LMS, GWR, Southern Railway etc were before 1948.

Would be better than the current mish mash.
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