After nearly two years of work fixing New Orleans' flood protection network in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Army Corps of Engineers has revealed that significant areas of the city remain vulnerable to inundation in the event of another large storm.
In the first survey of its kind, the corps has offered residents - and insurance companies - an assessment of flood risk on a block-by-block basis - The Independent
Metronet, the private consortium upgrading two-thirds of London Underground's infrastructure, demanded an 'extraordinary review' yesterday in an attempt to claw back more than £1bn in extra costs related to the controversial project. The review by Chris Bolt, the rail regulator, into who should foot the bill for cost overruns of at least £750m related to the project could take up to a year - The Independent
A glacial lake on the southern tip of Chile has vanished, leaving behind a dry crater and a scientific mystery. Park rangers in Magallanes province, a remote wilderness 1,200 miles south of Santiago, were stunned to discover that the lake no longer existed - The Guardian
Govia, the train operator 65pc owned by Go-Ahead, has won the competition to run the new West Midlands rail franchise after beating a rival bid from a joint venture between Serco and Dutch railways. The new franchise, running from November 11 this year to September 2015, combines the existing Silverlink County franchise and the majority of the Central Trains routes - notably the West Midlands regional services and the Birmingham to Liverpool line - The Daily Telegraph
Britain's biggest train company has told its guards that they will be disciplined and possibly dismissed if they show discretion to passengers who are unable to buy tickets before boarding because of long queues at stations. It is the latest example of the lengths to which operators are going in order to pay the billion-pound premiums demanded by the Government for rail franchises - The Times
Rail passengers face fare increases every year for the next seven years under a new franchise announced by the Government yesterday. More than 200 new carriages will be introduced on the London and West Midlands franchise by April 2010 but they will replace existing trains and will not add to overall capacity - The Times
A dramatic new building by architects Make has been submitted for planning permission on one of the City of London's most sensitive and historic sites. The proposals envisage a crystalline structure folding around the square in which the Monument stands - The Financial Times