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What the papers say

The Independent

Only 91 of Britain's 2,500 railway stations have achieved safety standards set by the government three years ago, as part of the Secure Stations Scheme. Only three London Underground stations have achieved the charter mark, which requires fitting of CCTV, good standards of lighting, reliable platform information and secure car parks.

The number of cars abandoned on roadsides has risen fivefold in the past five years, creating an environmental hazard, councils have warned. The cars leak fuel and oil and are often set on fire. The increase reflects a slump in the price of scrap metal.

Protestors are threatening to take legal action against a subsidiary of BNFL over safety standards at a Czech nuclear power plant.

Evening Standard

A train smashed into buffers at Charing Cross station damaging the driver's cab and part of the station. The train, used for ferrying staff, left a 3m hole on one side of the platform. Investigators are considering driver error.

London mayor Ken Livingstone has suggested that the restaurant facilities at the new Greater London Authority headquarters, currently under construction, be of a similar standard to those of top chef Marco Pierre White's restaurants. Livingstone hopes the facilities would attract Londoners into the building.

Financial Times

Transco has denied reports that a lack of maintenance engineers is threatening the safety of the country's gas network. However, the company is looking for an extra 1,000 employees to accelerate pipe replacement.

Turkey has secured £7bn in extra loans from the International Monetary Fund and World Bank to help it emerge from an economic crisis.

The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development is threatening to cut off finance for east European countries which fail to improve standards of democracy.

Rail regulator Tom Winsor said he would not ease pressure on Railtrack despite concessions on the track operator's finances. He said he could even further increase pressure on the company to improve performance.

Irish Times

The Republic of Ireland has launched a new £50,000 annual state bursary for civil and environmental engineering postgraduates. The fund will pay for one postgraduate from Dublin, Cork or Galway and Trinity colleges to research an engineering or environmental issue relevant to public infrastructure.

The Irish Government is considering scaling down plans for the national sports campus at Abbotstown amid fears that costs are spiralling. Non-core elements such as the cycling arena and aquatic centre may be scrapped.

British Airways has claimed that the UK's poor airport infrastructure is costing the airline £600M a year because of the delays airport congestion is causing.

Nervousness about innovation has hampered efforts to build housing more quickly in the Cherry Orchard area of Dublin. Dublin Corporation has come under fire for turning down the use of innovative construction methods on the estate.

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