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A new report on light rapid transit systems from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs select committee has recommended that DETR 'make clear whether local authorities will be able to borrow capital for light rail schemes on the basis of future income streams from road user charging and workplace charging.' The report is available on www. parliament. uk/commons/ selcom/etrahome. htm Visual inspection of bomb damaged Hammersmith Bridge has been completed by Hyder, and a contractor is expected to be appointed this week. Paint stripping and ultrasonic testing on the welds, steel members and rivets near the blast will now follow. Repairs are expected to be completed by the end of August and will cost around £150,000.

Former transport minister and London mayoral candidate Steve Norris has confirmed that he will chair the judging panel for the Integrated Transport Awards at Emap MEL's integrated transport conference Interchange on 3-5 April 2001.

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