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What the papers say

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The six shortlisted bidders to take over the Millennium Dome are being encouraged to combine their plans. Whitehall insiders said individual proposals have been patchy.

The Government has set a £400M cap on state investment in Partnerships UK, the new privately-owned company it is creating to get Private Finance Initiative deals off the ground.

Canary Wharf Group plans to build a 500,000sq ft retail and leisure building in London's Docklands.

The high priest of British white witches Kevin Carlyon has performed a pagan ritual to block a planning application by Vodafone to build a mast near the village of Wilmington, East Sussex.

Railtrack is under pressure to replace its non executive chairman Sir Philip Beck. Chairman of the shadow Strategic Rail Authority Sir Alastair Morton is said to have canvassed several heavyweight industrialists and asked them to take on the job. Railtrack is denying the reports.

British Airways is considering floating the London Eye wheel on the stock market in a move that could value the structure at £250M. BA is set to agree an extension of the wheel's planning permission from five to 25 years.

A proposal to give motorists up to £750 for handing in environmentally unfriendly old cars, from chairman of the Commission for Integrated Transport David Begg, has been rejected by the Government.

Channel tunnel operator Eurostar is seeking to renegotiate the charges it pays British, French and Belgian railways in a bid to reduce last year's £100M operating losses.

The US Department of Transportation is set to freeze aid for Boston's central artery/tunnel project until it shows spiralling costs are back under control.

Railtrack has won the right to change a 19th century law limiting Edinburgh Waverley Station's roof to 42ft. A Parliamentary inquiry has ruled that Railtrack can sponsor a private bill to raise the roof to 48ft, allowing a £400M retail redevelopment of the station.

A teenage eco protester was illegally ejected from the site of a planned housing development in Hockley, Essex, a court of appeal has ruled. The developer did not have full title to the property, the judge said, a decision which is thought will have far reaching consequences for future development protests.

An Irish government backed report supports the creation of an independent traffic management and agency co-ordination body to tackle Ireland's congested road network and improve poor quality public transport.

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