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The Highways Agency

The Highways Agency is placing solar panels on south facing noise reduction fences along the M27 as part of a trial to test how they could be used to supply power to England's motorways. The £190,000 project will run for 12 months and test driver reaction to the panels, the best angle for maximum exposure, value for money and the best method for connecting them into the grid.

A third man was arrested last week in connection with the deaths of four railway workers on the West Coast Main Line in Cumbria on 12 February. The two men already arrested have been granted bail until 6 May.

The dead railway workers were carrying out routine maintenance work for Carillion when a flatbed trailer ploughed into them after rolling 5.6km downhill (NCE 19 February).

The trailer's safety brakes failed to work.

Line one of Nottingham's new £179M tram system opened this week after 16 years in planning and construction (NCE 30 October 2003). Transport secretary Alistair Darling visited the project to mark its opening.

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