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In the papers today - Thursday 4 October

Aircraft noise causes much more annoyance than previously thought, according to a study for the Department for Transport...

The report, which the Government is attempting to conceal while it plans the expansion of Heathrow, concludes that the existing measures for aircraft noise do not take into account either the huge growth in flight numbers, or the growing demand for quiet – The Times

Indonesia yesterday gave the initial go-ahead for the world's longest road and railway suspension bridge across the 30km Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra. The £4.91bn project is for a series of bridges carrying a six lane highway and double track railway traversing three small islands in the strait. The longest span would be about 3km, more than 50 per cent longer than the longest existing structure, the Akashi-Kaikyo bridge in Japan - The Financial Times

Climate-change emissions from the shipping industry have been significantly underestimated and are racing ahead of aviation, a study has found. CO2 emissions from tankers are 50% higher than previously thought – The Times

A train driver admitted neglect after being accused of keeping birds of prey, including a rare eagle, in conditions like "the black hole of Calcutta". Alan Cleave, 43, of Little Oakley, Essex pleaded guilty to 11 counts of causing unnecessary suffering. Among birds seized by the RSPCA was a Cassin's Hawk-eagle worth £10,400, thought to be the only one in Britain – The Times

A political and financial scandal is threatening to engulf the European Airbus company and the French government. 21 senior executives and two large corporate shareholders were reported to have made "strange, massive and simultaneous" sales of shares in the parent company of Airbus, just before the calamitous delay to the A380 last year – The Independent

BAA faces a crackdown on "unacceptable" queuing times at Heathrow after a Competition Commission ruling that also endangered a crucial £9.3bn debt refinancing at Britain's largest airport owner. The commission statement backed Civil Aviation Authority proposals for the 2008 to 2013 regulatory period to slash BAA's return on capital at Gatwick and Heathrow, which led Ferrovial to warn that refinancing plans "might not be able to be implemented as currently envisaged" - The Guardian

Network Rail is upgrading components in 120 sets of points similar to those that caused February's fatal crash at Grayrigg in Cumbria, after finding early signs that they could fail in the same way. News of the upgrade programme - to be completed this month - was revealed in a report by the Department for Transport's Rail Accident Investigation Branch into the crash on February 23, in which a woman was killed and 30 people were seriously injured - The Financial Times

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