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In the papers - Thursday 1 November 2007

Germany's state owned railway company is seeking permission to run passenger trains through the Channel Tunnel in direct competition with Eurostar...

The plan may require the strict safety rules governing the tunnel to be weakened because German trains do not meet all the existing requirements - The Times

After transport secretary Ruth Kelly's cautious paper on the future of British transport, delivered earlier this week, environmental campaigners called on ministers to "show real political leadership" to make cutting carbon emissions the central aim of transport policy. Accusing the government of holding contradictory policies and putting the economy before the environment, they demanded immediate action to airport and road expansion, and to pour huge investment into railways and other forms of sustainable transport - Independent

The FA has confirmed it is to bid to host the 2018 World Cup finals with a proposal that could include the construction of ambitious new stadiums in the West Country (perhaps in Bristol) and on the South Coast, possibly in partnership with Portsmouth, who intend to leave Fratton Park - The Times

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