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Rail delays in the UK have fallen to their lowest levels since the Hatfield crash in October 2000. Total delay minutes for October-December 2003 were 3.3M compared with 4.4M in the same period the previous year.

At least ten people were feared dead and up to 40 injured when a multi-storey building collapsed in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Monday. The governor of Cairo said that planning permission had been given for four of the 20 year old building's floors, but a further seven had been added illegally. An order for the building's demolition had been issued in 1992.

One in five invoices sent to the Highways Agency were paid late last year, the Agency's 2002/03 annual report has revealed. The Agency had set a target of paying 98% of all invoices within terms, but the actual performance was a 'disappointing' 79.38%. The report blames the delays on the introduction of a new electronic accounting system: 'As with all new systems, teething problems ensued and payment of invoices was affected.'

Repairs to steel barriers on the M25 motorway have cost £6M since 2001 according to figures from the Department for Transport. Concrete lobby group Britpave claims that in comparison concrete barriers have required no maintenance for the past nine years.

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