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Disused trains may be used for evacuation

Hundreds of railway carriages could be placed into a national strategic reserve for a mass evacuation of Britain’s cities in the event of a terrorist attack. The new Civil Contingencies Bill, published last week, gives ministers the right to take emergency powers to evacuate cities and requires railway operators to provide services in an emergency. However, railway industry sources say that the most modern trains, like the Pendolinos and Voyagers introduced over the past few years, could not be used because of their limited capacity and route availability. Full Story

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