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In the papers today - Tuesday 26 September

Dozens of train passengers were lucky to escape last night after an express train travelling at 100mph derailed when it hit a car that had been driven on to the tracks. The crash killed the driver of the car but none of the 74 passengers onboard the 14.25 Plymouth to Edinburgh service was hurt. The train was approaching York and slowing down from its top speed of 125mph when it hit the car just before 9pm. The Times
The Government will be forced to step in and dictate the future of Britain's flagship rail franchise, according to its former chief executive, who resigned suddenly last month. Christopher Garnett, who ran GNER after its inception a decade ago, said that financial problems on the London-to-Edinburgh franchise were so severe that it was no longer sustainable under the terms agreed last year. The TimesSpain broke EU rules on the free movement of capital by imposing conditions on the Eu27bn (£18bn) takeover of the Spanish power group Endesa by its German rival E.ON, the European commission will formally tell Madrid today. The decision came yesterday as Spain's new industry minister, Joan Clos, held talks in Brussels with Neelie Kroes, the competition commissioner, in an attempt to avert legal action at the European court of justice. Mr Clos had already agreed to drop many of the 19 conditions set by Spain's regulator, CNE, including disposing of a third of Endesa's assets. The Guardian Mud, gas and boiling water that have been gushing out of the ground in East Java since May, submerging half a dozen villages and 20 factories, could continue for a century with 'catastrophic consequences', European experts said yesterday. Efforts to seal the channels through which the mud is escaping are unlikely to succeed, and it is impossible to tell how much fluid remains underground, according to a University of Oslo geology team. 'It's unlikely to stop permanently for a long time,' Adriano Mazzini told a press conference in Jakarta. 'It's hard to say when the overpressure will have been fully released. It could be one, 10 or 100 years. But to seal it will be very, very difficult.' According to Mr Mazzini, unless the flow stops soon, the affected land, which has already starting sinking, could subside significantly. 'It will be catastrophic,' he said. The Guardian Ofgem, the energy industry regulator, has increased the money it thinks should be spent on improving and expanding Britain's gas and electricity transmission system over the next five years, but its figure remains below the level the companies that run the networks believe is needed. Ofgem said yesterday that it had increased its estimates of the money needed for capital investment on the high pressure gas and high voltage electricity networks by £260M to £4.5bn. Adding in an already agreed £500M investment in the electricity distribution system raises the spending total for April 2007 until the end of March 2012 to £5bn. The Guardian British Airways called yesterday for a one-third cut in the profits that BAA, the owner of Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, is allowed to earn on its assets to deter the airport operator from gold-plating new projects. BA's head of economic regulation, Andrew Cunningham, also said there might be a case for giving airline representatives direct powers to vet some of BAA's larger investment projects. The independent It has been described as a 'billion-pound view', but Stratford on Avon residents claim that plans to build a bridge over the river will destroy one of Shakespeare's inspirations and cause harm to tourism. Every year thousands of tourists take in the unspoilt view down the tree-lined river Avon from the town centre. Warwickshire County Council, however, wants to build a new £2M footbridge next to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and five renowned architects have drawn up plans. The Daily TelegraphThe £750m bid battle for London City Airport has taken a surprise twist after the long-time frontrunner pulled out of the auction. A consortium led by the Spanish construction group Sacyr Vallehermoso, which is advised by HSBC and also includes the French insurer Axa, is believed to have dropped out after having its request to enter exclusive negotiations turned down. The Daily Telegraph

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