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Train operators EWS and Chiltern


Train operators EWS and Chiltern have blocked Railtrack's proposed sale of British Rail land at Gerrard's Cross to Tesco. The supermarket chain wanted to put the existing twin tracks through a precast concrete box tunnel to allow it to build a car park above. But the operators were worried that this would restrict future widening. Railtrack said it would look at ways around the problem.

Money collected from road user charging schemes in Scotland will be permanently ring-fenced for local transport spending, Transport Minister in the Scottish Parliament, Sarah Boyack, has announced. The plan will be written into the Scottish Integrated Transport Bill.

Galliford this week formed a 30 year partnership with Birmingham City Council to carry out rebuilding works and operate property services at 10 Birmingham schools. The contract is said to be worth £80M at today's prices.

Under new Government proposals, employers will no longer have to pay a fee to employment agencies when temporary staff join as permanent members of the workforce. Currently agencies are able to charge thousands of pounds if a temp is signed up as a full time employee. Under the new regime, put forward by the Department of Trade & Industry, firms can agree an extension of the hiring period leading to full time employment. No agency fee could be charged.

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