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In the papers - Tuesday 20 November 2007

London mayor Ken Livingstone is preparing to submit a bid next year to take over most of Southern, one of Britain's biggest train franchises from 2009…

He is also drawing up plans to take control of all commuter trains that terminate in the capital, including those that start their journey well beyond central London – The Times

Urgent steps need to be taken avoid a repetition of the summer's flood disaster, when tens of thousands of people were left without electricity or running water, Gloucestershire County Council said in a report. It makes 75 recommendations, including provision of a secondary water supply – The Times

The £29M expansion plan for the Bodleian Library was thrown out by Oxford City councillors last night. The blueprints were rejected because the proposed building was deemed to be too high, running the city skyline. The impact of building on the flood plain also caused concern – The Times

The plastic bag's status as a symbol of waste was confirmed yesterday as Gordon Brown pledged to help eliminate its use in Britain. He threw his weight behind the growing campaign against them in his first speech on the environment since becoming Prime Minister – The Times

Large retailers and other service sector companies will have just two years to prepare for the introduction of carbon trading, after the prime minister used his first big speech on the environment to announce an extension of the scheme – Financial Times

Fears that banks could still be feeling the global squeeze next Christmas drove down shares yesterday after Goldman Sachs predicted a further £24bn of write-downs by the end of 2008 – Financial Times

The London Transport Museum lifted the veil on it £22.4M facelift yesterday after a two-year closure. The display tells the story of the growth of London over the last 200 years, and the part that was played by the city's transport network – Financial Times

French President Nicolas Sarkozy faces a crucial test of his nerve today as a transport strike continues into its seventh day of commuter chaos, and civil servants stage a walkout that could see up to half of France's schools closed and disrupt air traffic control, the postal service and even weather forecasts. France's rail and bus strike is continuing despite trade union leaders agreeing to begin talks with the government and state employers tomorrow. They are protesting at plans to change special pensions deals which allow certain workers to retire as young as 50 on favourable terms - The Guardian

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