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A major report which warns of huge cuts to national rail investment projects has offered hope for the Plymouth Evening Herald’s Three-Hour rail campaign.
The Rail Authority’s Strategic Plan 2003 highlights the need for ‘the introduction of a regular three-hour journey time from Plymouth to London’ – something train users in the city have been looking forward to for years.


The Grimbsy Telegraph is urging readers to send in their messages and questions to Tony Blair and the Government.
The Telegraph has been covering a number of Government issues which have a local effect, such as asylum seekers and university top-up fees, and promise to pass readers’ comments and queries on to No10.


MP Matthew Taylor thanked the Western Morning News for its “helpful and effective” campaign to raise awareness of dolphin deaths and fight for their protection.
The MP for Truro and St Austell used a copy of the WMN in a Commons debate to illustrate the carnage of dolphins.


Actress Gwen Taylor has given a boost to Derby Evening Telegraph’s cancer charity Magic Million by speaking at a fund-raising coffee morning.
The Derbyshire actress, who has regularly supported cancer charities since she lost her father to the disease, was the special guest at the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary.


The former transport manager of the Gloucester Citizen has died at the age of 74 following a long illness.
Herbert Haines, known to his friends as Bert, joined the Citizen as a driver before being promoted to transport manager, a position he held for more than 10 years until his retirement nine years ago.


Historian and photographer Doug Noyes, who contributed pictures of old Reading to the Midweek Chronicle in Berkshire, had died at the age of 80.
Mr Noyes amassed a remarkable collection of transparencies depicting the old town and his wife has asked the Midweek to continue to print items already provided by her husband.


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