News at 9: The London Eye could be gone by 2028, Mumbai airport issues advisory for the Holiday season

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The London Eye – an iconic part of London’s skyline could disappear for ever in a few years, Mumbai airport issues advisory for the upcoming holiday season. France’s new high-speed train will whizz from Paris to the Riviera in under five hours and more in top stories of the day.

The London Eye could be gone by 2028

The London Eye, which has become as much a part of the capital’s furniture as M&M World and adult ballpits, could be removed by 2028.

The Millennium Wheel, as it was originally known, opened on December 31 1999. Initially, it only had a five-year lease, which was then extended. The London Eye’s current lease only runs until 2028 and the big wheel’s future is yet to be decided. Its operator, Merlin Entertainments, is applying to Lambeth Council for planning permission to keep it there for longer.

Mumbai airport issues advisory asking travellers to reach early at the airport this holiday season

This is the first holiday season after the COVID-19 pandemic, and people are excited to head off to vacation. to make things easy for passengers, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) authorities took to social media to issue an advisory asking passengers travelling during this month to arrive earlier than usual

In its post, it stated, CSMIA is already witnessing a surge in passenger volume with the onset of the festive season, and the numbers are expected to further rise in the coming weeks. It requested all its passengers to arrive early and allocate additional time for travel related formalities and mandatory security protocol. The airport further stated that passengers travelling internationally are advised to reach the airport at least 3.5 hours prior to their scheduled flight, while those taking domestic flights are advised to reach the designated terminal at least 2.5 hours in advance.

France’s new high-speed train will whizz from Paris to the Riviera in under five hours

France is known for having one of the world’s finest high-speed rail networks. The country’s network of TGVs (or ‘Trains à Grande Vitesse’, as any true train aficionado will no doubt already know) covers pretty much all of France and is an exceptionally fast and convenient way to get around. France’s TGVs are about to get even snazzier, with new ‘TGV M’ trains set to launch in 2024. And according to the the French national rail operator SNCF, they’ll be substantially faster, greener and more spacious than the current models.

TGV Ms will be able to reach a mind-melting top speed of 220 miles per hour – which is about ten percent faster than current models, and even faster than Japan’s current generation of bullet trains. For passengers, that means much shorter journey times. Paris to Saint Raphaël on the French Riviera, for instance, would currently typically take about five hours. The new trains will cut that down to four-and-a-half.

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