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In the papers today - Thursday 15 February

The construction company that will build the Olympic stadium has priced the job at more than double the budget planned when London was awarded the Games. London's bid book quoted a £280M cost for the stadium, but Sir Robert McAlpine, the Olympic Development Authority's preferred bidder, says the cost will be more like £630M - The Guardian
A senior policeman has called for the return of football-special trains to carry fans around the country, after warning that match day travellers are disrupting services. Specially chartered trains were a fixture of the 1970s and 1980s when football-related violence was at its peak and the British Rail network was a conduit for pitched battles between hooligans - earning one notorious set of West Ham United fans the nickname of the Inter City Firm - The GuardianA national road pricing scheme will not solve Britain's congestion problems and the Department for Transport (DfT) is incapable of pushing through the policy, a committee of MPs said yesterday. The Commons transport committee said that its scathing report on the DfT's performance last year was a 'terrible picture of failure'. It gave mild support to a road pricing scheme, but warned that the DfT lacked the leadership and coherent thinking needed to implement such a policy - The Guardian The Department for Transport's record amounts to a 'terrible picture of failure' when measured against the department's objectives, according to the chairman of a group of MPs charged with overseeing the department. Gwyneth Dunwoody, chairman of the Commons transport committee, was speaking as it published its annual report on the work of the department for financial year 2005-06 -Financial TimesThousands of motorists will belatedly receive speeding tickets after the High Court ruled yesterday that a 2cm black trim on a traffic sign was legal. Motorists caught speeding on Tower Bridge had claimed that its four 20mph signs were prohibited under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 because of their border - The Times

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