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In the papers today - 16th July 2008

Ruth Kelly will today invite the private sector to come up with innovative schemes to tackle gridlock on Britain’s motorways, including the possibility of turning hard shoulders into toll lanes to beat the jams...

Kelly wants to increase the use of public-private schemes to tackle congestion on the worst affected stretches of motorways, although she has shied away from more general road pricing. She will announce a multi-billion pound publicly funded package of road improvements, but believes that Britain can learn from the US in using private sector innovation to deliver more capacity - The Financial Times

British Airways endured a bumpy ride at its annual general meeting in London yesterday, after shareholders voiced a series of grievances including the airline's ban on supermodel Naomi Campbell, and called for chief executive Willie Walsh's head over Terminal 5's troubled opening. The chairman, Martin Broughton, admitted that BA's extra fuel costs would surpass £1bn this year, and the airline was "up to our necks in perhaps the biggest crisis the aviation industry has ever known" - The Independent

Ambitious plans for a world-class visitor centre for Stonehenge have dwindled - but yesterday English Heritage and the government pledged it will be built in time for the 2012 Olympics. Hopes for the £57M centre collapsed last year when the government abandoned the plan for a tunnel under the A303 on cost grounds. EH yesterday launched a public consultation on a "temporary" building costing up to £20M - The Guardian

The bill for the Millennium Dome site has risen by a further £60 million, it was disclosed today. Selling 170 acres of land around the Greenwich venue was expected to bring in more than £216 million for the public purse. That would have offset the £225 million spent decontaminating the site. But a report by the National Audit Office says two-year delays with building projects meant the likely return had fallen by as much as £60 million - The Daily Telegraph

Power suppliers offering their customers so-called green tariffs will have to spend more on renewable electricity, under rules to be announced by Ofgem. Such tariffs, under which suppliers contract to derive some or all of their energy from renewable sources, have become popular as environmental awareness has grown among consumers and businesses. But the standard of such tariffs has varied considerably among suppliers, leading Ofgem, the industry regulator, to close some of the loopholes suppliers used to claim benefits that might not have been all they seemed - The Financial Times


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