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Rail Regulator Tom Winsor has restarted enforcement proceedings against Railtrack to ensure it meets its commitment to provide slow train capacity on the £5.8bn West Coast Main Line. This follows Railtrack's refusal to respond to the modified notice two weeks ago (NCE 16 March).

London Underground has applied for permission to build a £115M extension to its East London Line south to Croydon and Wimbledon. LUL said it had not yet sorted out funding for the scheme and expected a public inquiry, but if planning is approved and funding made available, construction could begin as early as 2002.

Three consortia have been invited to tender for London Underground's proposed public private partnership for the sub-surface lines. Bidders are:

LINC - John Mowlem, Fluor Daniel, Alcatel, Anglian Water and Bombardier Prorail

Metronet - WS Atkins, Balfour Beatty, Seeboard, Thames Water and Adtranz

Bechtel/Halcrow, Amey and Jarvis.

Invitations to tender will be issued on 3 April. Bids are due back by 15 September.

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