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Civil engineering in the news today - Wednesday 21 January 2009

Britain's train operators face a 'potentially devastating' blow from the economic downturn and need government assistance to stave off disaster, public transport chiefs warned yesterday...
...The heads of the five largest train companies - Stagecoach, National Express, Go-Ahead, Arriva and FirstGroup - urged the transport secretary, Geoff Hoon, to consider shortening trains, rewriting the financial terms of franchise agreements and putting up state funding for an extra 1,000 staff across the rail network - The Guardian

Plans to switch off street lights to save energy and reduce carbon emissions could put road users at risk, scientists claim. The Highways Agency, responsible for more than 4,000 miles of roads and motorways, is considering turning off some lights between midnight and 5am - Daily Telegraph

One million people will be employed in the world wind power industry by the end of the decade, despite the impact of the financial crisis, it was forecast yesterday. Amid predictions that the world would need to install one new turbine every 25 minutes to reach global renewables targets, energy experts at a green summit in Abu Dhabi said the sector had maintained a near 30% annual growth rate in 2008 and was heading for further success - The Guardian

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