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News stand What the papers say

The Times

A ban on the use of hand-held mobile phones by motorists is expected to be introduced by the government early next year. The move follows research by TRL, which found that a driver travelling at the 70mph limit using a mobile had a breaking distance 10m more than that of a drunk driver.

Sir Stuart Lipton has been given another three years' tenure as chairman of the Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment.

The £715M Wembley stadium project faces fresh problems after it emerged that property developer Quintain has an option on the site.

Unless construction work begins by December about 3Ha of the land reverts to the developer.

A new generation of speed cameras is now in use or about to be installed in at least eight cities and counties throughout England. The Specs system uses cameras in pairs to monitor drivers' average speeds between two fixed points up to 10km apart.

Daily Telegraph

Tens of thousands of homeowners could see the price of their properties halved if an insurance wrangle is not resolved soon.

Insurers have an agreement with government not to refuse cover to householders, even where flooding is a probability. The agreement expires at the end of the year.

The Business

The first commercial installation of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), on 35km of track in Switzerland, has suffered a series of major problems. The system - installation of which within the UK was recommended by the Cullen inquiry into the Ladbroke Grove train crash - relies on radio communications to the driver's cab. But the Swiss hills and recent bad weather have blocked the signals.

Financial Times

The National Federation of Builders has warned the government that construction could grind to halt because contractors are struggling to get employer's liability insurance, with fewer insurers quoting for 'high risk' areas such as demolition and scaffolding.

Lack of transport capacity is likely to limit London's economic growth, the chief economic advisor to mayor Ken Livingstone has warned.

German chancellor Gerhard Schroder has said that he will scrap January's introduction of personal tax cuts to pay for emergency flood relief.

A £2.6bn oil project in West Africa backed by the World Bank risks damaging the environment and depriving the local population of a fair share of the profits, according to the bank's own inspectors. The Chad-Cameroon pipeline, to be built by a private consortium led by Exxon-Mobil, would see just 5% of revenues going to the region where the oil will be produced.

The Scotsman

The final two blocked sections of Scotland's flooded rail network were expected to re-open this week.

Evening Standard

Contractors Balfour Beatty and Jarvis are set to share in a £6M, three year deal to check for cracked and broken rails.

The move has angered train drivers' union Aslef, which feels the firms should be prosecuted for their roles in the Potters Bar and Hatfield disasters.

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