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In the Papers - Wednesday 26 September

The south east could suffer shortages of half a billion litres of water a day within 20 years if new policies are not introduced...
...The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) said the region could need some 5,447Ml/d by 2025 at times when only 4,400Ml/d are available. The figures are based on one in 10 year possibilities, but the CPRE gives warning that the system is increasingly under pressure with hosepipe bans, which should occur only once in 10 years put in place eight times in 18 years. The Times

Rail passengers on the country's most overcrowded routes face up to two years of cramped conditions because train companies are refusing to order extra carriages unless their contracts are extended. Virgin West Coast and First TransPenine Express are negotiating with the Department for Transport over the delivery of 150 carriages. The Times

Britain has the best-managed and safest roadworks in Europe, an AA survey has suggested. Of the six British roadworks in the 50-location survey, one was rated very good, four good and one acceptable earning Britain the top position. The "very good" British site was the M25 Holmesdale tunnel. The Times

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