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Millenium Dome take over proposals

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Six proposals have been short listed by the Government to take over the Millennium Dome next year. They are: theme park from property developer Monex MEPC; upgrading the Millennium Experience from Nomura Finance Group; media centre from Pell Frischmann, Sir Robert McAlpine and Madame Tussauds; trade fair and culture centre from a Malyasian/South African consortium; leisure, retail and office units from Robert Bourne, Lifschuz Davidson and Richard Davidson; sports arena from a Chelsfield led consortium.

The Government has backed away from national traffic reduction targets. Despite advice from the Commission for Integrated Transport, its latest transport report, Tackling congestion and pollution, sets only targets for reducing road congestion. The DETR has described press reports of Government plans to charge 2p/km for some trunk roads and 4p/km for congested motorways, as 'unfounded'.

West Coast Main Line programme manager Parsons Brinckerhoff has appointed Bob Janowski as WCML project director. Janowski takes over from Jim Doebler, who returns to the US after leading the firm's successful WCML bid.

The Royal Academy of Engineering is hunting for MacRobert Award contenders for outstanding engineering innovation. Entries need to be in by 21 February. Details: Ngozi Okwudili-Ince, tel (020) 722 0506.

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