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Railtrack is planning to offer hundreds of engineers 'golden handcuffs' worth millions of pounds to stem the exodus of staff and quell fears about the safety of the network. Since Railtrack went into administration, performance has declined by 26%, half of which is attributed to falling morale.

The United Nations has refused a request by the Irish Republic for an injunction to stop Britain opening the £470M mixed oxide (MOX) fuel reprocessing plant at Sellafield.

Speeding motorists must be given enough time to slow down before passing a speed camera under new guidelines compelling police forces to make speed traps more visible. Cameras must be painted yellow within six months and be prominent enough to allow a speeding driver time to brake safely under new government guidelines.

Railtrack is poised to sell prime development land close to London's Liverpool Street station to developer British Land.

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