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In the papers today - Tuesday 10th July

A dramatic grassroots fightback is under way against the massive expansion plans of Britain's airports which, despite grave concerns about effects on the environment, are aiming to treble flights and vastly increase passenger numbers within 20 years.
In an unexpected triumph for campaigners yesterday, Manchester airport's plans to expand on to green belt land which it owns in Cheshire were rejected by a government planning inspector, who supported the objections of Macclesfield Borough Council - The Independent The Government has left itself 'financially exposed' over the 2012 Olympic Games and at risk of letting costs spiral out of control again, the public spending watchdog warns today. In a highly critical report the Public Accounts Committee condemns the Government for allowing the original Olympic budget to treble to £9 billion and calls for urgent risk management to give warning of potential problems - The Times First Great Western, which made a secret agreement with the Government to run fewer carriages in order to maximise profits, has been exposed as the operator of Britain's most over-crowded train service. More than 270 people have to stand for at least half an hour on FGW's 6.35am service from Bedwyn to London Paddington, despite paying more than £3,000 for their season tickets - The Times The container ship that ran aground off the Devon coast six months ago was refloated yesterday. In a Whisky Galore-style goldrush, hundreds of people descended on Branscombe beach in January when part of the cargo of the 62,000-tonne MSC Napoli, including BMW motorcycles and car parts, washed ashore. More than 2,000 containers had to be hoisted off the deck before the final stage of the salvage operation could begin yesterday - The Times Bovis, the builder of upmarket homes, has reported that demand for its properties has all but dried up and that average sale prices are stagnating. Analysts said that Bovis would be forced to scrap its declared target of raising profits by 10 per cent for 2007 as a result of a sudden slump in confidence among homebuyers - The Times Insurance cover for commercial and industrial properties in flood-prone regions could become pricier, or even unavailable, following the deluge that left swathes of South Yorkshire and Humberside under water, one of Europe's biggest insurers has warned. Allianz, the German insurer, described the floods in northern England as a 'wake-up call' for insurers - The Financial Times German railway workers secured an inflation-beating wage deal yesterday as official data showed the country's economic recovery remained on track. Deutsche Bahn, the railway operator, said it had agreed with two trade unions the largest pay claim in its history - The Financial Times Workers at Babcock International's shipyard at Rosyth are holding a strike ballot tomorrow after what union officials say is management's refusal to negotiate over pension changes that will cost staff about £900 a year. Rosyth has already seen a wildcat strike when several hundred employees walked out last month after the company said it intended to impose the changes - The Daily Telegraph

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