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Civil engineering news in the papers today - 21 October 2008

The battle over plans to introduce Britain's biggest congestion charge zone in Manchester began in earnest yesterday as opponents described a proposed referendum as unbalanced and incomprehensible...
...The Greater Manchester Momentum Group, a business alliance that opposes the charge, said almost half Manchester's residents did not know about the plans, despite a 14-week consultation - Financial Times

Households are paying hundreds of pounds a year too much to heat and light their homes as energy companies fail to pass on falling oil prices, Gordon Brown and his consumer champion warned yesterday. The Prime Minister and Ed Mayo, of Consumer First, are putting public pressure on companies to cut their gas and electricity prices in line with falling world oil prices - Telegraph

France's national train operating company needs to expand and treat the whole of Europe as its domestic market amid the sector's rapid consolidation, its chairman has said. The comments by Guillaume Pepy in a Financial Times interview come after SNCF this month took a 20% stake in NTV - Financial Times

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