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What the papers say

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The Independent

Britain's largest ever offshore wind farm, due to be built on the Shell Flats 8km off Blackpool beach, could be scrapped because of a rare black duck. The critically endangered bird nests on the flats and could be killed by the blades and scared off the site if the £350M project goes ahead.

Westminster Council has approved construction of an ultra-modernist 'ellipse'-shaped extension to the Royal College or Art in London.

Royal Albert Hall chief executive David Elliot opposes the six-storey zinc and glass structure saying it clashes with the surrounding architecture and blocks views.

Rail operator National Express said last week that the control of signalling and train scheduling should be moved from Network Rail to the rail companies to improve reliability and punctuality.

Builders won inflation-busting pay rises of 8.3% last week. The settlement reflects the current boom in the house-building and construction industries.

Daily Telegraph

Scottish Power criticised the Ministry of Defence this week for opposing the company's two new wind farm projects in Dumfriesshire in Scotland. The MoD claims turbines would interfere with its seismic activity detection site which picks up signals from underground nuclear explosions and earthquakes.

The National Audit Office is investigating compensation to rail passengers for delays, following concerns that Network Rail is only paying a fraction of the £400M owed.

The Times

Ministers hope to prove the effectiveness of speed cameras by publishing data on numbers of casualties before and after cameras were installed.

Britain plans to open its new embassy in Iraq by 1 July - in time for the transfer of power from the US-led coalition to an Iraqi authority. The location is being kept secret but experts expect it will be built away from public roads or buildings for security reasons.

Financial Times

Energy campaigners claim Britain needs tougher action to meet its targets to cut carbon emissions by 20% by 2010.

Only a 9% reduction was made by 2002 and coal-fired power stations generated 11% more energy last year.

The Irish Times

A £860M five-stop metro line linking Dublin's main railway stations may be built by 2010.

Other plans for the city include upgrades of rolling stock, signalling, tracks, further electrification of the suburban railway and improved long distance services.

Dublin Bus has begun its official inquiry into last week's fatal bus accident at Wellington Quay. The Irish police force staged a reconstruction to obtain more on technical aspects of the crash. Neither of the two buses involved was found to be defective.

Evening Standard

A £150M extension of the Docklands Light Railway was approved last week. The line under the Thames will cut journey times from Woolwich to the City to 25 minutes and ministers hope the scheme will trigger regeneration in south east London.

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