Capacity on overcrowded high-speed railway lines will be doubled under Department for Transport (DfT) plans to introduce a fleet of as many as 2,000 carriages, with the new system far more fuel-efficient than today's trains.
The DfT yesterday invited train manufacturers from around the world to submit proposals for a fleet of trains that will be powered by both diesel and electricity - The Times
Developers seeking to build skyscrapers in Britain's World Heritage sites will be banned under proposals published in the government's long-awaited White Paper on heritage protection. The document gives Britain's 27 World Heritage sites the same protection as national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty, and proposes buffer zones around them - The Independent
For Arthur Bulmer the benefits were as plain as the Sahara - he would clear his garden of the sand blown in and the beach opposite would begin to be replenished after two months of gales had whipped across it. But Bulmer, 79, reckoned without the long arm of bureaucracy that threatened him with fines for fly-tipping if he put the sand back on the foreshore at St Anne's, Lancashire. Officials at Fylde Council said that the sand was part of the Queen's Crown Estate - The Daily Telegraph
Arriva, the bus and train operator, set out plans for further expansion into mainland Europe as it detailed a 6.5% advance in pre-tax profit for the full year, which motored ahead of analysts' expectations. Arriva, which in recent years has been expanding aggressively on the Continent, saw pre-tax profit rise to £110M in the year to 31 December on turnover that grew 10% to £1.73bn. Earnings per share were 51.8p (43.7p) - Financial Times
A woman who drove on to a railway line after following directions from her satellite navigation system will not face prosecution, British Transport police said yesterday. The unnamed 52-year-old, from Dorking, Surrey, was waiting at a level crossing at Norman's Bay, near Eastbourne, East Sussex, on 16 January when the device told her to turn left. She drove her Ford Fiesta on to the track, blocking train services between Brighton and Hastings - The Guardian