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In the papers - Monday, 3 March 2008

A key part of Britain's rail network will reopen today Network Rail has promised...

... Part of the West Coast mainline at Shap, Cumbria, has been closed for two days after five empty containers, each weighing four tonnes, fell from a freight train during high winds, damaging power cables and track - The Metro

Mayoral hopeful Boris Johnson os promising to tackle 'exorbitant pricing' and overcrowding on the train network in transport plans, launched today. The Conservative candidate attacked Ken Livingstone for having 'run out of ideas' to improve the daily commute, especially those in outer boroughs - The Metro

The right to use water will soon follow in the footsteps of carbon emissions and become a commodity, like the right to pollute, that industry will have to pay for, executives have warned. "In the not too distant future, we will see a price on water just like there is now for carbon and carbon emissions," said Ditlev Engel, chief executive of Vestas Wind Systems -The Independent

The man who unlocked the secrets of the new seasons of climate change may have to leave his job because of government cutbacks. Tim Sparks has led the way in demonstrating that the plants and animals were already responding to global warming, before people were even aware of the problem - The Independent

Britain's biggest energy companies are holding talks with the Government about a deal to provide subsidised heating and electricity to the 4.5M people thought to be living in fuel poverty – The Times

The Government has given its tacit backing to a substantial increase in the share of British electricity generated from nuclear power to 30% or more from the present 18%. The increase would support the Government's aims of cutting emissions of CO2 by 20% by 2020 – The Times

A 200-year-old Sheffield metal-basher is considering building a 15,000 tonne press – one of the world's biggest – to satisfy the demand for parts arising from the global renaissance for nuclear power – The Times

Holidaymakers in Margate, Blackpool and Great Yarmouth could be sharing the sand with the world's top beach volleyball players under ambitious plans to host Olympic training camps in some of Britain's best-known seaside resorts. The resorts hope that, come 2012, a combination of spacious beaches, plentiful accommodation and hospitable locals will help to persuade competing nations to base their training camps on the British coast - The Guardian

Householders will be able to make money by fitting solar panels or mini wind turbines to their roofs, under proposals to be announced in the budget next week. Those who generate their own renewable energy through the devices will be able to sell their surplus electricity to the National Grid, at a guaranteed price - The Daily Telegraph

Thousands of tons of material put out to be recycled by environmentally conscious Britons secretly ends up as landfill, it has emerged. Around 240,000 tons of paper, glass and plastic is either dumped or burned after being collected in green bins or bags by local council staff, according to the Local Government Association, which represents town halls across the country - The Daily Telegraph

A group of former British Rail engineers has developed a system that allows trains to bypass tracks under maintenance, potentially saving millions of pounds. The Non-Intrusive Crossover System, being tested by Network Rail, allows trains to be switched safely to an adjacent track or to a new siding without installing a permanent connection, and without interfering with the existing track and signalling system - The Financial Times

A clash between different accounting standards for private finance initiative projects is threatening to create conflicts within the government. Some £30 billion of PFI projects are off balance sheet and do not count towards the government's borrowing rule that borrowing should not exceed 40 per cent of gross domestic product. Under a switch to international reporting standards from April, PFI will no longer be off balalce sheet. The Financial Reporting Board (FRAB) which advises the Treasury is backing the shift but the Office of National Statistics is against replicating the shift - TheFinancial Times

The government plans to create as many as 20 new university towns as part of its drive to spur economic growth in deprived areas. Communities will be given the opportunity to bid for new college campuses and higher education centres - Financial Times

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