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In the papers - Thursday, 10 January 2008

Gale-force winds and heavy rain caused havoc from the Scottish Highlands to the English Channel yesterday, leaving thousands of people without power and disrupting traffic and ferry services...

...About 22,000 homes in Scotland were without electricity after gusts of up to 90mph damaged power lines - The Guardian

Transport for London's takeover of Metronet Rail is being held up by a dispute with one of Metronet's shareholders over the future of its £3.4bn contract with the collapsed maintenance contractor, according to people involved. TfL, the London mayor's transport organisation, is in acrimonious discussions with Bombardier Transportation about aspects of its contracts with Metronet including train maintenance and contracts for new signals - The Financial Times

The Conservative party will today give its backing to plans for a new generation of nuclear reactors in the UK, Alan Duncan, shadow business secretary, said last night ahead of a government announcement. "Our policy is for investors to be able to go ahead, but without subsidy. There should be a carbon regime, approval for reactor design and for their location and a clear regime for handling the waste," Mr Duncan told the FT - The Financial Times

Eurostar carried more than 8m passengers in a year for the first time in 2007, as the cross-Channel high-speed operator further increased its market share for travel between London and Paris and Brussels. The operator - run jointly by railway companies in the UK, France and Belgium - carried 8.26m travellers during the year, a 5.1 per cent increase on the 7.85m carried in 2006 - The Financial Times

Two senior ex-ministers who will earn tens of thousands of pounds on top of their parliamentary salaries by working for the nuclear industry look set to be summoned before an inquiry into lobbying, The Times has learnt. As John Hutton, the Business Secretary, prepares to announce today that new nuclear power stations are to be built, the relationship between Parliament and the industry, which is bidding for millions of pounds of contracts, will come under scrutiny from the Public Administration Committee - The Times

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