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Civil Engineering in the papers today - Monday 29th September 2008

A third runway at Heathrow airport would be scrapped by a Tory government, which instead would build a £20bn TGV-style high speed rail link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. . . . . . .

In one of David Cameron's boldest moves on the environment, the party will today unveil plans to cut 66,000 flights a year from Heathrow by tempting passengers on to the first new rail line north of London in more than a century - The Guardian

Tourists crossing a new bridge built across Venice's Grand Canal have stumbled across a possible flaw, which has landed 10 of them in casualty with twisted ankles and other minor injuries. The 10 tourist were treated after taking a tumble on the 94-metre long Constitution Bridge, designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, which opened on September 11 - The Guardian

The Crown Estate has bought one of the world's largest wind turbines to help tackle climate change. The 328ft (100m) high turbine will supply 7.5 megawatts of power to the national grid when it is installed off the north-east coast of England - The Daily Telegraph

Workplace parking charges could become commonplace after the Government signalled an interest. Until now, ministers have considered the Working Parking Levy (WPL) as a means of dealing with urban gridlock. But tomorrow the charge, which is being pioneered in Nottingham, will be put forward as a way of increasing income for councils - The Daily Telegraph

A French adventurer yesterday failed in his attempt to cross the channel in a pedal-powered airship. Stephane Rousson, 39, set off from near Hythe in Kent just before 8am heading for Wissant but was forced to give up three quarters of the way across after the wind changed - The Daily Telegraph

The first Chinese person to walk in space returned to Earth yesterday, his feat acclaimed by the Communist Party as a triumph for the nation and proof of its technological prowess. Zhai Zhigang, commander of the Shezhou VII (Divine Vessel) spaceship, emerged from the heat-charred craft after 68 hours spent orbiting the globe - The Times

Fears are growing that Dubai's once-buoyant property market will be hit by the global liquidity crisis, as lenders in the oil-rich region become more cautious and a $13.6 billion (£7.39 billion) cash injection by the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates failed to ease worries of a housing market slowdown. The Gulf's property boom has succumbed to a reality check, according to analysts - The Times

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