Rail companies are trying to wean business customers off air and car journeys by making 3G or wi-fi internet available on their trains.
The move comes just weeks after Boeing dropped plans to install an internet 'Connexion' service on its aircraft. GNER expects to complete the installation of wi-fi on its fleet of 42 trains within the next eight weeks The Telegraph
US engineering giant Fluor has made an offer of up to £400m for British Nuclear Group, which is cleaning up the UK's largest nuclear site at Sellafield, and yesterday secured a meeting with Tony Blair's industry adviser, Geoffrey Norris, to discuss the matter.The dramatic moves come after the California-based Fluor was dismayed when British Nuclear Fuels, which oversees BNG, last Tuesday reversed an earlier plan to sell BNG in one go and instead said it would break the business up and sell it off piecemeal The Telegraph
Anglo-Dutch steel maker Corus warned yesterday that high UK energy prices would keep it at a long-term competitive disadvantage, undermining attempts to close the gap with its continental rivals. The warning came as the company unsettled the market by forecasting a bigger than expected increase in its raw material costs this year, which will largely wipe out the benefits of higher selling prices. Corus expects raw materials costs to rise by £400m this year to about £2bn, with £140m of that increase attributable to higher gas and electricity prices The Independent
Politicians calling for greater regulation of over the counter oil markets hope the news that BP is being investigated over possibly manipulation of prices will strengthen their campaign to get the law changed. Congressman Bart Stupak, who has co-authored legislation that would increase regulatory scrutiny of the market, told The Daily Telegraph he was 'not surprised at all' at the news of the probe, and said he believed other oil majors should also be investigated The Telegraph
US billionaire Philip Anschutz will rein back investment at the Millennium Dome and scrap plans to build two luxury hotels, theatre and exhibition centre, if the licence to build Britain's first mega-casino is not granted to the Greenwich site. His supporters on Greenwich council told the Government's Casino Advisory Panel that such a move would be devastating for the development of the Thames Gateway - The Guardian
Ministers are planning to introduce a work permit system for Bulgarians and Romanians that will require them to prove they can fill specific skill shortages, a senior government figure told the Guardian. Relatively few potential job applicants from the two countries are likely to meet the expected criteria in a move designed to take the pressure off the government over immigration - The Guardian
A fundraising effort was launched yesterday to save the railway carriage that held Sir Winston Churchill's body in his funeral train. The former Southern Railways luggage van converted for the for the occasion in 1965 is languishing in a mock English station at a US golf course - The Guardian