Newspaper headlines: Rail fares and Big Ben bong!

By BBC News


The 3.6% rise in rail fares was met with "fury", according to the Daily Express.

It says "the wrong kind of inflation" is a legitimate commuter complaint, as they are getting "fleeced" by the use of the RPI rather than CPI measure of inflation.

Under the headline "Freeze fares", the Daily Mirror says the Lib Dems are asking if fuel duty can be frozen, why not train tickets?

The Sun says it is time Mr Grayling put himself on the side of the consumer rather than the rail companies.

MPs are set to review the plan to silence Big Ben during a restoration project, because of health and safety concerns, according to the Daily Mail.

The paper says MPs who signed off on the scheme did not know the bell would be out of action for four years.

The Unite trade union has told the Daily Telegraph that it has no objection to the bell being rung when workers are off site.

The Spectator's Damian Thompson, writing in the Sun, suggests Westminster bureaucrats should be locked in Big Ben's tower until they have devised a new plan.

The i newspaper columnist Ben Chu describes the government's proposals for a post-Brexit customs union with the EU - that is simultaneously not a customs union - as a Schrodinger's Cat scenario that can be politely summed up as "magical unrealism".

The Financial Times says it is a relief that the government accepts the need for a transitional arrangement.

But there is where the good news ends, it says, as ministers still do not seem to have a clear idea of what comes next - bar some wishful thinking.

There is support for Brexit Secretary David Davis in the Sun.

It says he is clearly adopting the right approach as more sensible EU figures realise it is in everyone's interest to reach a customs deal that works.

The lead in the Telegraph reports that the number of babies left brain-damaged by NHS blunders has increased by almost a quarter in one year.

Safety experts have told the paper that a "cult-like fixation" on so-called normal births - those without medical intervention - has led to catastrophic errors.

Health minister Philip Dunne tells the Mail that tackling such tragic failures had been made a priority - but the NHS is one of the safest places in the world to give birth.

The pink knitted "pussy hat" that became a symbolic protest against Donald Trump during the women's march in Washington DC in January has been named as one of the best designs of the year by the Design Museum.

The Guardian reports that the 60-strong list reflects a tumultuous 12 months of political unrest and "creative popular resistance".

Other items include the Me & EU project - a collection of postcards by UK designers to be sent across Europe.

Rude words have been appearing on giant screens across Hull, the Telegraph reports, because a computer system used to power an art project is unable to understand the Yorkshire accent.

The Hull Speaks installation allows people to translate their thoughts into messages projected at sites including the Humber estuary's tidal barrier.

The artist behind it, Michael Pinsky, says that in time the technology will learn the Hull accent.