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In the papers today - 18 January

Transport for London predicts congestion will rise as a result of the congestion charge extension.
It predicts rises of 5% next month when the £8 levy extends into west London - The Financial TImes Commuters should not expect to get a seat when travelling at peak times, a senior civil servant has said. Department for Transport director general for rail Mike Mitchell said that it was unrealistic to make such guarantees - The Daily Telegraph The number of people signing a petition demanding government's proposals to introduce a pay-as-you drive road pricing scheme has topped 450,000. With more than a month to go before the petition is finally taken off the Downing Street website, earlier estimates that around 750,000 would join the campaign could prove conservative - The Daily Telegraph The Arctic town of Kiruna, Sweden's northernmost municipality, is to be split in two because decades of iron ore mining are eroding its foundations. The municipal council this month decided to move more than half of the town from the shadow of Kiirunavaara mountain, site of the world's largest underground mine, to the base of Luossavaara mountain, about two and a half miles away - The GuardianTwelve derailed cars in an 80-car train sent thick smoke and flames fed by chemicals across the Kentucky skies in the US yesterday. People living within a mile were forced to flee their homes as fire crews waited for the blaze to burn itself out - The Times

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