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A Government report on the feasibility of delivering regional Eurostar services says that any services developed before 2007 would need to be subsidised. British Railways Board is to consider three options set out in the report: a regional service starting in 2001 with trains running on the East and West Coast Main Lines; a service starting in 2007 once the Channel Tunnel Rail Link is operational; and no service.


Do you want to change the world? The Construction Best Practice Programme is looking for engineers to work on a year's secondment. It is particularly keen to recruit people with experience in design, manufacturing or facilities management, and will match current salaries.

Details: Zara Lamont, tel (0845) 605 5556.

A feasibility study into creating a metro-style train service on existing south London lines is to be carried out by a public-private partnership of the Shadow Strategic Rail Authority, Railtrack, London Transport, the London Regional Passengers committee, 15 London boroughs and train operators Connex, South West Trains and Thameslink. The study is to be led by consultant MVA with findings reported in May.

The Construction Industry Training Board is launching a £300,000 recruitment drive to get school-leavers and ethnic minorities to consider careers in construction. CITB estimates 366,000 new recruits are needed in the next five years. Radio, print and web-based ads are to promote construction as an aspirational job.

Details: tel (0808) 100 0055.

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