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In the papers today - 21 November

A man who swung from a 25,000v railway cable escaped death because he unwittingly chose a seven-minute window when the power was turned off for the first time in 15 months.
After appearing in court charged with trespassing on the railway, Shane White, 22, whose drunken stunt, was photographed by a train passenger and published in his local newspaper, said: 'It was completely and utterly idiotic... I must be the luckiest man alive.' - The TimesA son of former prime minister Harold Wilson has given up his teaching job to become a train driver. South West Trains has confirmed that Giles Wilson, 58, is one of its drivers - The Times The main contractor in the London Underground public-private partnership (PPP) was rebuked yesterday after services on two of the lines it maintains were seriously delayed during the morning rush hour. The problems for Metronet came days after Chris Bolt, who arbitrates in disputes over the PPP, ruled that in its first three years maintaining underground track and trains the consortium had not worked economically, efficiently or in line with good industry practice - Financial Times A suspected gas leak on a North Sea platform began a major alert last night, with four coastguard helicopters sent to evacuate workers. All 171 crew on Brae Alpha had prepared to be airlifted due to the alert, thought to be due to a gas detector, but in the event the rig was not evacuated - The Guardian Within a decade an energy shortage could lead to power cuts that will cost British business over £108bn a year as demand exceeds supply by up to 23% at peak times, according to a study by LogicaCMG. Potential solutions such as new nuclear power stations will not be ready within 10 years to close the gap - The Daily Telegraph Central Line suspended. District and Circle lines closed. Signal failure on the Northern Line. Faulty trains on the Metropolitan. A partial bus strike. For thousands of commuters the Monday morning crawl to work in London collapsed in frustration, with three Tube lines suspended and others suffering delays - The Independent Airbus plans to increase production of its A320 family of airliners, a company official said on Monday, as the European aircraft maker bets on strong demand for its smaller planes to take the sting out of costly delays to its flagship A380 superjumbo. Airbus spokesman Justin Dubon confirmed the plans, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, which will see 32 of the single-aisle planes produced per month from January, instead of the 30 produced currently. Production will increase further to 34 planes per month in March 2008 and 36 by December that year - The International Herald Tribune

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