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Balfour Beatty has been awarded a £106M contract to build the Lok Ma Chau station complex in Hong Kong by the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation.

The Department of Trade & Industry has launched a consultation on draft regulations to extend the provisions of the Working Time Regulations to around 770,000 workers, including those in the rail and offshore industries. Responses must be received by 31 January.

Copies can be downloaded from www. dti. gov. uk.

The government has allocated £18M for new bus schemes to tackle urban deprivation and social exclusion across England.

The 34 projects benefiting from this money are the winners of the second round of the Urban Bus Challenge, a new scheme first launched by the Department for Transport in June last year. This week's announcement is the second stage of £46M of funding over three years.

The Scottish Executive has given £2M to the Highlands & Islands Strategic Transport Partnership to fund public transport improvements in rural Scotland.

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