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What the papers say

Police in Belgium fear that the stadium for England's opening Euro 2000 football match with Germany could lead to a repeat of the 1985 Heysel disaster in Brussels. They say security tests have revealed potential evacuation problems at the 30,000 capacity stadium in Charleroi. Euro 2000 officials are investigating.

Ministers are planning a league table of congested towns and cities as part of a strategy to cut traffic jams. The scheme will put local authorities under pressure to prove they are tackling congestion.

The World Wide Web now contains more than a billion pages of information, according to research by software company Inktomi Corporation and NEC Research.

The pages can be reached through almost five million sites and English is the most used language.

Chaos is predicted at London's Tower Bridge this autumn as the Victorian structure is closed to pedestrians and traffic for four weeks of renovation work costing £1.2M. Diversions for 11,000 pedestrians and 40,000 vehicles per day are planned.

The Highways Agency is reviewing its road materials stocking policy after running out of replacement central reservation crash barriers. The Agency failed to replace a barrier between junctions 17 and 18 on the M25 when it discovered it had none left.

Ascot racecourse is to be completely redesigned to tone down its upper class image. Architect Skidmore Owings & Merrill is to redesign the site to further cater for exhibitions, weddings, conferences and corporate events.

Rare fish have halted progress on a new £60M tourist attraction on the shores of Loch Lomond. A shoal of protected powan fish has gathered to breed in shallow waters, metres from the Lomond Shores construction site, halting work for several weeks.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is threatening to withdraw accreditation from university surveying courses unless they introduce minimum A-level requirements. The move has resulted from growing concerns regarding entry requirements.

Eight banks have been shortlisted to fund the Birmingham Northern Relief Road in the Midlands. The project is currently estimated to cost around £700M.

The Dome may receive another lottery loan from the Government to help cash flow as ticket sales continue to disappoint. Officials say that if ticket sales do not rise, budgets may have to be trimmed and staff overheads reduced.

A Sellafield nuclear fuel manufacturing plant will remain closed for several weeks while managers fight to avoid losing quality assurance accreditation. Inspectors have recommended that several corrective measures must be implemented before the plant can re-open.

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