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Towns and cities throughout Britain are to spend millions of pounds replacing up to 500,000 road humps because they are a potential hazard for new buses built with lower floors to allow wheelchair access.

Losing bidders in the London Underground Public Private Partnership will have their tendering costs - £20M per contract - paid by the winning groups. The compensation plans are likely to be announced late this month as part of an overhaul of the Private Finance Initiative.

Wembley officials have been warned that planning permission for the new stadium may be rejected unless they commit money to improving infrastructure such as roads and railway stations to ease the congestion that has blighted the venue on match days. Local authorities are looking for a £30M contribution from the stadium operator.

Scotland looks set for a second private prison. The Scottish Prison Service is drawing up a shortlist of sites which includes East Kilbride and Fife. The prison would be an alternative to a proposed £14M plan to refurbish Peterhead gaol.

Sir David Steel is prepared to cap spending on the Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood or even scale down the project after concerns about the spiralling cost. Sources close to the presiding officer have said he is becoming increasingly frustrated with demands by political parties for extra facilities and misleading cost estimates given by civil servants.

The value of the Millennium Dome site could more than double if the building were knocked down and replaced by flats and offices. Bids of between £50M and £80M are expected for the site, but property experts suggest it could fetch up to £110M.

The £7.5bn Boston Artery project is being investigated by the US Department of Transportation. The project will be scrutinised following allegations of cost-overruns of up to £750M.

The Government is poised to build the £550M Diamond project - a high powered X-ray source or synchrotron - at the Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire. The construction cost of the research facility will be £175M.

BNFL, in an attempt to rescue its part-privatisation, is to cull senior and middle managers suspected of turning a blind eye to safety practices at the Sellafield Plant.

Westminster Council is to press the Government to consider lane rental charges for contractors as the 1991 New Roads and Street Works Act have prevented local authorities from effectively controlling the activities of utilities.

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