One of the four companies hoping to build new nuclear power plans in Britain unveiled its proposals for public scrutiny today as it was revealed that more than 90 per cent of people were worried about creating waste more nuclear waste.
As the energy giant EDF and nuclear specialists Areva launched their proposals, the Government is in the middle of a wider consultation on whether to build such power stations to help meet Britain's future energy needs - The Independent
Prime Minister Gordon Brown's drive to increase the pace of house building is running into headwinds, as new figures show a drop-off in housing starts in the first half. Official figures obtained by the Financial Times show that house builders began work on 86,269 homes in the six months to June, a 9 per cent fall year on year and lower than the equivalent periods in 2004 and 2005 - Financial Times
Cities should be given more control over local transport, planning and training in return for involving local businesses in making decisions, according to the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC). In a report on the economic regeneration of nine large cities, the BCC says cities need more control over the money spent on improving their business infrastructure if they are to make further progress in restoring their fortunes - Financial Times
The government has admitted it turned down a higher offer for the London-Edinburgh rail franchise than the record £1.4bn that won the contract for National Express. The Department for Transport said one short listed bidder, believed to be Arriva, bid more than £1.4bn but the offer was rejected, contradicting a widely held assumption that the government awards franchises to the highest bidder - The Guardian
Taxes on short-haul domestic flights, a doubling of landfill tax for business, and new requirements on supermarkets to take back unnecessarily wasteful packaging, including plastic bags, are to be proposed in an attempt to give substance to David Cameron's appeal to green voters. The giant package of taxes, regulations and incentives will see a net increase in green taxes, partly to fund previously announced plans for incentives to married families and to reduce inheritance tax The Guardian
Britain's rail regulator has defended its decision to give Network Rail a further two months to improve its performance on the First Great Western routes before it considers enforcement action and a fine. the Office of Rail Regulation hauled Network Rail chief executive Ian Coucher into a meeting last month to explain why delays attributable to the infrastructure operator were running ahead of a joint plan it had together with the train operator - The Telegraph