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In the papers today - 22 August

Commuters could face slower journeys under plans to conserve energy by teaching train drivers to accelerate less quickly and coast where possible.
The Office of Rail Regulation has instructed train companies to introduce training sessions for drivers to teach them how to reduce fuel consumption. The techniques include learning the precise point where it is possible to cut the power and coast to the next station. - The TimesA passenger train heading towards a railway station in northern Egypt collided with a second train yesterday, killing 58 people injuring more than 140. Both commuter trains had been heading south from the towns of Mansoura and Benga in the Nile delta when the accident happened outside Qalyoub, 20km north of Cairo. The Mansoura train was travelling at about 80km/h before the collision and had apparently failed to obey a stop signal outside the railway station, police sources said. - The Times Philip Fletcher, the water regulator, will meet bidders for Thames Water over the next few weeks to vet them and make sure that they understand his objections to a highly geared deal. Fletcher told The Times yesterday that he had spoken to several interested bidders about the dangers of financing any acquisition with a high ratio of debt to the water company's regulated asset value. - The Times Three of the UK's biggest airlines have united to call on the British Airports Authority to pay some of the estimated £250M in costs run up during the security crisis began. British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and easyJet made the plea after the recent alert caused five days of disruption at UK airports. Ryanair is also calling on the Department for Transport to cover costs The TelegraphThe government should encourage more innovation by shifting to a demand driven procurement approach, the Conservatives said today. 'The taskforce believes that government could encourage innovation not by trying to pick winners but by identifying a need and challenging scientists and engineers to come up with the right project or service,' said a report published today The Financial TimesThe Australian government is offering drivers a subsidy of A$2,000 (£794) to covert their cars to run on liquefied petroleum gas The Financial Times London's former transport commissioner Bob Kiley blamed 'nightmare' conditions on the Tube, rail, bus and road network in the capital on commuters who do not complain enough. He said on Channel Four's Dispatches programme last night, 'you seem to have got used to being herded about like cattle.' He added that he also struggled to discuss transport issues with Chancellor Gordon Brown. 'During my years as commissioner for TFL, I must have tried 50 times to talk to Gordon Brown That is a real problem because money talks in this country and he is in charge of it, and London desperately needs more'. - MetroParamedics used lassoes to round up a truckload of pigs running loose on the M6 yesterday after they escaped in a crash. Warwickshire and Northamptonshire air ambulance was asked to help capture the pigs after they got loose on the southbound carriageway near Rugby, Warwickshire - The TelegraphKeller, the construction services company gave a bullish assessment for the full year after interim profits more than doubled thanks partly to work resulting from Hurricane Katrina. The company, which specialises in ground strengthening and foundations, saw pre-tax profits rise to £33.4M from £15.6M in the six months to the end of June The Financial TimesA third of the world's population is suffering from a shortage of water raising the prospect of 'water crisis' in countries such as China, India and the US, the International Water Management Institute said The Financial Times

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