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News stand: What the papers say

THE TIMES

A temporary 50m swimming pool built on a steel stilt structure directly over a similar permanent pool is to be one of the main features of Britain's bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games. The two-tier pool will be built at the Olympic Park site in lower Lea Valley.

THE INDEPENDENT

Maintaining the empty Millennium Dome has cost the taxpayer around £30M. A dispute between English Partnerships and SecondSite has delayed the sale of the Dome and plans to turn it into an entertainment centre.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

More than a third of people think public transport is 'poor' and 12% find it 'terrible' according to a survey by YouGov this week.

THE BUSINESS

US construction firm, Bechtel has won a $2.5bn (£1.4bn) contract to develop Qatar's new international airport. It will be the world's first airport built specifically for the Airbus A380 superjumbo.

THE IRISH TIMES

Ireland's National Roads Authority says 50 lives could be saved on several national roads by upgrading them from single to dual carriageway. The stretch of the N8 Dublin to Cork road between Cahir and Mitchelstown was singled out as a cause for particular concern.

THE GUARDIAN

A leaked Network Rail log has revealed evidence of unauthorised and faulty engineering work on a 100mph stretch of the west coast main line. A subcontracted technician is accused of wrongly wiring trackside circuits preventing controllers from knowing the precise locations of trains.

FINANCIAL TIMES

The Specialist Engineering Contractors' Group is lobbying the government to investigate Jarvis's payment policies to sub-contractors.

The move could threaten Jarvis's ability to win new public sector contracts. The company is already under fire for delays on some of its biggest school contracts and university accommodation projects.

Ken Livingstone may be authorised to raise money to help finance London's transport network by selling bonds.

THE SCOTSMAN

FirstGroup decided to continue to bid for the ScotRail train operating franchise last week after being assured by the Office of Fair Trading that its chances of winning would not be affected by a Competition Commission investigation.

The Commission for Integrated Transport has called for tolls to be introduced on the M8 between Glasgow and Edinburgh to help ease congestion

ENR

The United States National Institute of Standards & Technology has suggested that longitudinal thermal expansion of the floor trusses is the most likely cause of the collapse of the World Trade Center. This would have caused the columns to bulge out and yield, finally leading to the progressive collapse of the towers.

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