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News stand: What the papers say

Evening standard

Transport for London said it was taking every measure possible to prevent disruption after details of how to hack into traffic light computer systems similar to its own appeared on the internet. The site reveals specialist knowledge using a glossary of terms used by traffic engineers and explains how traffic light systems work. TfL condemned the website as extremely irresponsible.

The Times

Banks funding the heavily indebted Croydon Tramlink project are believed to be examining a debt-for-equity swap as part of a plan to refinance the project. The PFI company set up to build and run the network and whose shareholders include Amey and Sir Robert McAlpine is in danger of running out of money by the end of March unless it is refinanced.

The Independent

Britain's national academy of sciences, The Royal Society, has called on the government to abandon its moratorium on nuclear power station construction. The Society says that unless new nuclear stations are built to replace those being decommissioned, the UK will have difficulty reducing its dependence on fossil fuels and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

It also says higher investment would be needed to meet 'very ambitious' targets for renewable energy output.

Treasury select committee chairman John McFall has said that Chancellor Gordon Brown should include borrowings by PFI contractors in his Budget assessment of the economy.

The Conservatives estimate the debt at £73bn, rising to over £100bn if the liabilities of Network Rail and PFI projects are included, a figure breaching Brown's rules on sustainable investment.

The Irish Times

Over 3,000 construction workers marched through Dublin to protest about safety standards and demand an end to the use of subcontractors. The union-organised demonstration was led with a symbolic coffin to commemorate the 22 people who died on building sites in the Irish Republic last year.

Building employers' organisation the Construction Industry Federation criticised the march for blaming employers solely for accidents.

Two car park attendants in the County Mayo town of Castlebar earned £44,000 and £33,000 last year, the town's council has been told. The men, who have not been blamed for their high salaries, were paid agreed rates for the job in accordance with the management contract for the automated car park, angry councillors were told.

The Business

The government is considering allowing responses by e-mail to its forthcoming consultation on airport expansion. Respondents will be allowed click on boxes on a menu of options to help speed up the consultation process. The plan under consideration would be the first time online responses would be allowed to such a consultation.

The Scotsman

Scotland's most haunted house has been sold to an English couple. The house, in Mid Yell in the Shetland Islands, is said to contain the ghost of the 'lady in silk' and has been unoccupied since the 1920s. Skeletons were said to have been found in the house in the 1880s. The ghost is believed to be that of a housekeeper or mistress who died falling down stairs after being rejected by a laird. Other ghosts seen include a servant girl, a man in a top hat and a dog.

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