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In the papers today - 1 March

Last night the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) said it had failed to interview any maintenance personnel since the Cumbria accident last Friday because members of the RMT union were advised to be accompanied by a lawyer
Head of the RAIB Carolyn Griffiths has demanded to see Bob Crow, the unions general secretary to persuade him to allow the interviews to go ahead in the absence of legal advisors - The Independent People should consider avoiding unnecessary journeys to ease congestion on the roads and train overcrowding, a senior rail industry figure said yesterday. The prospect of pay-as-you-drive road pricing is expected to accelerate demand for rail travel and, for the first time, the industry admitted that it might face difficulties coping - The Daily Telegraph Water bills are to go up by 7% in England and Wales next year, more than twice the rate of inflation, the regulator Ofwat confirmed yesterday. The charges, which come into force next month, mean the typical household bill for water and sewerage will rise by £20 to £312 - The Daily TelegraphMPs will next week demand an end to uncertainty over the cost of London 2012 amid fresh speculation over the final cost. The Daily Telegraph yesterday revealed that Gordon Brown is now aiming to defuse the row over spiralling costs by announcing a revised Olympic budget of £5bn - The Daily Telegraph One person was killed today when a 100mph train struck a car on a level crossing. The accident happened at Swainsthorpe in Norfolk, about five miles south of Norwich, and the person who died was in the car. The train involved was the 6.22am Colchester to Norwich train operated by the One train company - The Independent Network Rail should get up to £3.9bn less than it has requested to run the network between 2009 and 2014, according to the advice to ministers published yesterday by the industry's regulator. The Office of Rail Regulation said the company should be allowed to spend between £16.5bn and £19.2bn in England and Wales and between £1.95bn and £2.4bn in Scotland over the five years - The Financial Times

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