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What the papers say

Evening Standard

An alternative design for Wembley, with the famous twin towers still intact, is to be considered by the Football Association and Wembley chairman Sir Rodney Walker.

Genesis Consortium's design would cost just under £700M, seat 91,600, have a sliding roof, and could be adapted for athletics.

Developers have withdrawn plans for a £55M, 32 storey apartment tower next to Tate Modern in London after opposition from Southwark planners regarding its height.

Thousands of motorists and bus passengers face at least a year of disruption at Vauxhall Cross - one of London's most important junctions - as engineers moved on to site this week to begin a £12M scheme to reduce local traffic and improve access to public transport.

Financial Times

Contractor Balfour Beatty has unveiled more than £150M of infrastructure contracts in the US, including its first US rail maintenance contract in Los Angeles and two road contracts in Texas.

The Business

Saudi Arabia is to spend £190M on six new dams in 2002.

The Sunday Times

The Mayor of Venice is using emergency powers to seek private sector funding for a £90M underground railway that would bring 2,000 passengers an hour into the city centre.

Transport Secretary Stephen Byers has undermined London Mayor Ken Livingstone's plan to introduce a car toll in the capital by asking the Mayor to hold a public inquiry before going ahead with his scheme.

Three million more cars have come on to the UK's roads since Labour gained power in 1997 despite its pledge to reduce dependence on them, according to a study by Professor John Adams of University College, London.

Herald Tribune

Amtrack, the US national railway which lost £240M last year, could be split up with the government taking ownership of the tracks and competing companies taking over operation of the routes, according to a report due to be presented to Congress by the Amtrack Reform Council. Congress will decide on Amtrack's future in the spring.

The runway of Gaza International Airport has been torn up by Israeli tanks and bulldozers in reprisal for the killing of four Israeli soldiers by Palestinian gunmen.

The Sunday Telegraph

Newly qualified drivers will be barred from motorways for their first six months in plans to make the first year behind the wheel safer.

The Daily Telegraph

The reconstruction of Afghanistan will cost about £30bn over 10 years, according to a planning ministry official in the interim Afghan government.

Thirteen people were killed and more than 200 injured when an express passenger train travelling from Kandy to the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo derailed.

The Guardian

The operator of Paris' big wheel on the Place de la Concorde has ignored a court order to dismantle the attraction and has promised to use force should police attempt to bring it down.

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