London’s Charing Cross station shut due to gas leak: Network Rail

A gas leak has been detected in popular London’s West End at Charing Cross Station (L) (Shutterstock)
Updated 23 January 2018
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London’s Charing Cross station shut due to gas leak: Network Rail

LONDON: UK’s Network Rail said London’s Charing Cross station was closed early on Tuesday due to a gas leak in a nearby road.
Emergency services are dealing with the incident and a cordon and road closures are also in place, the rail service said in a statement.
Some services may be delayed or canceled as a result, it said, adding that the station would be reopened as soon as it gets clearance from emergency services.
Transport for London also tweeted, informing commuters that “A4 Strand / Northumberland St. — Rd is closed” between Trafalgar Square and Bedford Street.


Germany disappointed by May’s Brexit plan, suggests second referendum

Updated 13 min 19 sec ago
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Germany disappointed by May’s Brexit plan, suggests second referendum

  • ‘Yes, I’m disappointed ... that’s not the way forward’
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she would do all she could to make sure Britain leaves the EU with an agreement.

BERLIN: German Justice Minister Katarina Barley said on Tuesday she was disappointed by British Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan to break a deadlock over Brexit and suggested Britain hold a second referendum.
May on Monday sought to break the parliamentary impasse over Britain’s exit from the European Union by proposing to seek further concessions from the EU on a plan to prevent customs checks on the Irish border.
“Yes, I’m disappointed ... that’s not the way forward,” Barley told Deutschlandfunk radio. She said May had missed an opportunity to drum up support for the Brexit deal agreed with the EU.
Barley, who has both German and British citizenship, said the draft deal would not be changed. But she added there could be leeway in terms of time if there was a second referendum. “This could pacify the situation,” she said.
Michael Roth, German minister for European affairs, also expressed his disappointment with May’s speech, saying on Twitter: “Where is the plan B? Just asking for a friend ...”
A German government spokesman said late on Monday that Germany continued to advocate for an orderly exit and that it expected the British government to agree soon on proposals that are backed by a majority of parliament.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday she would do all she could to make sure Britain leaves the EU with an agreement.