Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

In the papers - Friday, 25 January 2008

Britain must build a network of high-speed rail lines by 2020 to prevent existing services from being overwhelmed by demand, and provide a greener alternative to air travel, the chief executive of Network Rail has told the Times.

Iain Coucher is proposing three new lines operating at up to 200 mph: from London to Glasgow via Birmingham and Manchester; London to Edinburgh via Leeds and Newcastle upon Tyne; and London to Cardiff via Bristol - The Times

Chinese Nimbys are trying top derail one of the country's most ambitious train projects in a rare show of middle-class anger against the government. Thousands of homeowners in Shanghai have protested against a £700M extension of the world's only magnetic levitation rail route, which runs through the city centre to the domestic airport - The Times

The Cutty Sark and the Mary Rose, two of Britain's best loved sail ships, are to be restored with £31M from the heritage Lottery fund. An "emergency" £10M went to the Cutty Sark, the 137 year-old tea clipper in dry dock at Greenwich after the devastating fire last May, and £21M to the Mary Rose - The Daily Telegraph

A giant Swiss-based insurance company is seeking permission to build a new town of 12,500 houses in Hampshire by labelling it an "eco-town". If it succeeds, Zurich Financial Services - the sixth biggest insurance group in the world, with annual profits of £2.4bn - will be looking at a billion-pound bonanza - The Independent

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs