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In the papers - Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Plans to extend congestion charging to cities across Britain are in disarray after the policy's strongest supporter lost his council seat to an anti-charging candidate...

...Roger Jones, the Labour chairman of the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority, was pushed into third place in Salford. His seat was won by the Community Action Party, which ran ran a campaign based on opposition to the £5 daily peak period congestion charge proposed by Mr Jones - The Times

Baroness Young is poised to step down as chief executive of the Environment Agency before the results of an inquiry into last summer's floods is published. Lady Young, 60, has emerged as the Government's favoured candidate for the new health and social care super-regulator, the Care Quality Commission, which comes into being later this year – The Daily Telegraph

John Nettles, the actor, has accused Gordon Brown of damaging England's heritage over plans for an eco-town near his country home. Nettles, 64, best known as Sgt Bergerac in the long-running detective series, lives near one of the 15 potential sites for an eco-town network – The Daily Telegraph

The UK's second biggest airport has disclosed that it would be interested in buying any airports that BAA might be forced to sell by the competition regulators. Geoff Muirhead, chief executive of Manchester Airports Group (MAG), said any price offered by BAA would be affected by the credit crisis and buyers ability to raise money – The Daily Telegraph

The bid battle for British Energy (BE), the nuclear generating company, looks like turning into a one horse race, with France's EDF seen as the clear frontrunner to table an offer ahead of this week's deadline. Centrica, the owner of British Gas, still has hopes of teaming up with EDF of Germany's RWE, but a consortium bid is looking increasingly unlikely – The Daily Telegraph

The population of England will increase by a third over the next 50 years as it becomes the most crowded major nation in Europe, official forecasts suggest. England's population is now 50 million, but by 2056 it will be 68 million – or 1,349 for every square mile. At present there are 1,010 per square mile. In London, the population density will jump from 12, 377 people per square mile to 13,910 over 20 years – The Daily Telegraph

Estate agencies are closing at the rate of 150 a week, with 4,000 job losses since the start of the year. Removal firms have also laid off hundreds of staff after a 26 per cent fall in the number of properties changing hands over the past 12 months – The Daily Telegraph

Investment form Babcock & Brown has rejigged its consortium as it nears the protracted £3.5bn acquisition of Angel Trains, the rolling stock leasing company put up for sale by Royal Bank of Scotland. Deutsche Bank is thought to have dropped out as an equity provider though is still believed to be participating on the debt side – TheDaily Telegraph

Aid Workers were facing a desperate battle to help hundreds of thousands of Burmese last night after a cyclone killed at least 10,000 people t the weekend. Despite a rare appeal for international assistance but the secretive military junta yesterday, Western diplomats said that the government had failed to to make it possible fir United Nations agencies to move swiftly to bring relief to those without drinking water and shelter – The Daily Telegraph

Teenagers will soon be able to sit an exam in driving science as part of a road safety initiative to curb the excesses of speed and risk among boy - and girl - racers. The BTEC qualification, worth the equivalent of a GCSE, has been formally accredited by the Edexcel examination board - The Times

Lock-keepers and their families are being forced to leave picturesque homes in the Thames Valley to raise cash for the Environment Agency. At least 10 houses are to be sold and a further 12 are to be offered for private rental as the watchdog seeks to reduce spending and save on bills for building maintenance - The Times

Hundreds of drivers in China have been fined for driving slowly or stopping to admire the view from a bridge across Hangzhou Bay, Zhejiang province, since it opened five days ago. At 36km, it is the world's longest sea bridge - The Times

An ambitious plan to rejuvenate Russia's sprawling and antiquated railways will cost the country hundreds of billions of dollars, and the nation's rail freight system is leading a hunt for a new capital in London with this week's listing of Globaltrans - The Times

The aviation industry's failure to curb its soaring carbon emissions could lead to the "worst case scenario" for climate change, as envisaged by the United Nations. An unpublished study by the world's leading experts has revealed that airlines are pumping 20 per cent more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than estimates suggest, with total emissions set to reach between 1.2 billion and 1.5 billion tonnes annually by 2025 - The Independent

Work started at the weekend on what is to become Europe's tallest residential structure in Benidorm's highest rise beach resort. The In Tempo building, 200 metres high and with 52 floors, represents the latest upward lunge of Spain's "vertical city" - The Independent

Another stage in a scheme to build a 10-mile tidal barrage across the Severn estuary will be announced today, with the appointment of a consortium to manage an environmental assessment. Parsons Brinckerhoff, consultants, will help provide an analysis of how the environment around the estuary would be affected if a tidal range power project went ahead - The Financial Times

An international relief effort was mobilising last night after Burma's military rulers estimated that 10,000 people had been killed in a cyclone at the weekend and acknowledged they were willing to accept foreign help. Aid workers have believe at least 1 million people have been left homeless by Cyclone Nargis, which barrelled across south west and central Burma on Saturday, unleashing 120 mph winds, torrential rains and flooding that caused a catastrophic trail of destruction – The Guardian

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