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Civil engineering in the papers today - Thursday 30 October

A proposal for a high-speed rail network will be published by Easter as the Government accelerates plans to relieve the most congested routes with new tracks operating at up to 321km/h...

...Transport minister Lord Adonis said in an interview with The Times that there was a strong case for linking cities such as London, Birmingham and Manchester with express services on dedicated new lines - The Times

Terrifying aftershocks rattled south-west Pakistan last night after an earthquake killed scores of people and left thousands homeless, with the death toll expected to climb. Local officials in Baluchistan province said 170 people had been killed and 350 injured, but the Care International aid agency put the death toll at 500 to 600 - The Guardian

A worker abseiling on a renovation project at York Minster was hurt yesterday when he slid 12m to the ground. He was helping to unveil a print over the Great East Window but fell during the operation - The Daily Telegraph

The owner of a plant hire firm took revenge on an employee whom he suspected of having an affair with his girlfriend by destroying his car with a 13 ton digger. Martyn Wright reduced Anthony Simpson's Toyota Land Cruiser to a heap of mangled metal after discovering risque text messages on his girlfriend's mobile phone - The Daily Telegraph

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