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Civil Engineering in the papers today - Monday 13 October 2008

Network Rail would lose its monopoly on engineering work under Conservative plans to shake up the performance of Britain's railways.

Train operators would be invited to bid against the owner of the country's rail infrastructure for engineering tasks in the biggest shakeup of the industry since Railtrack collapsed seven years ago - The Guardian

Almost 200 miles of some of the most precious stretches of south-west England's coastline are threatened by rising sea levels, it is claimed today. Fabulous beaches and cliffs, harbours and buildings are in danger - The Guardian

The government must urgently begin improvements to make Britain's 25m homes more energy efficient if it is to reduce the UK's carbon footprint by 80% by 2050, a report says today. The report, by the Green Building Council (GBC), says some homes are so environmentally harmful that they may have to be demolished - The Guardian

Motorway toll lanes which drivers pay to use to avoid traffic could be trialled within two years after the Government sent a team to the USA to study how the scheme works. Officials from the Highways Agency and Department for Transport visited Minnesota in the summer to investigate how the 'Lexus lanes' could be brought to Britain – The Daily Telegraph

EDF is to consider the sale of British Energy’s sole coal-fired power station to clear competition hurdles. The French energy company is understood to be confident that regulators in Brussels will approve the proposed £12.4 billion takeover of British Energy quickly without recourse to a lengthy phase II inquiry, which could drag on to next spring – The Times

As recession looms, it is striking that Britain’s most prestigious architecture prize has been won, not by a glitzy embodiment of corporate or public ambition but-for the first time in its 13-year history-by a housing scheme. However, whether or not the recipient of the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Stirling Prize reflects a changing zeitgeist or simply underlined the poor standard of most UK housebuilding, a scheme of the quality and intelligence of Cambridge’s Accordia deserved its evening in the televised spotlight on Saturday – Financial Times

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