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Labour MPs want a new 40mph speed limit be imposed for all 'C' roads, unclassified roads and lanes, as part of a manifesto for the countryside. The manifesto, drawn up by the Labour group of rural MPs, is intended to influence this autumn's white paper on countryside regeneration.

A strategic review of Ireland's rail services has proposed a £1.2bn scheme to build new links between Dublin Airport and Navan, County Meath, plus a Dublin city centre underground system. If implemented, the review claims rail would become the 'backbone' of an integrated public transport system for the metropolitan area.

A team of engineers has unveiled radical plans for road repairs. It involves reuse material dug up from holes to fill them when work is completed. Previously, dug up material was often unsuitable for this process, but it is claimed that a new recycling machine can turn unsuitable material into reusable fill.

Ken Livingstone vowed to take on ministers over transport and regeneration funds when he published his manifesto for London Mayor this week. He also said he would ban all contact between lobbyists and Greater London Authority staff. Lobby groups have reacted angrily to the ban, saying it would undermine the democratic process.

British Nuclear Fuels this week announced a company shake-up that will lead to the departure of more than half the board. The move is aimed at restoring confidence in response tothe nuclear watchdog's recommendations for improving safety at BNFL's Sellafield plant.

British workers are among the most dissatisfied in Europe, according to an international study by International Survey Research. Only Italians and Hungarians get less job satisfaction.

The Government will unveil a £10bn package of measures to tackle Britain's crippling transport crisis in July, attempting to offset criticism that it has failed to meet election promises. Treasury officials have been told they must fund 'revolutionary' plans to unblock roads, overhaul rail services and improve public transport.

Moscow's skyline is to be transformed by a new building programme that could give it as many as 60 new skyscrapers inspired by Stalin's neo-gothic tower blocks. Construction of the first 43 floor block has already begun, incorporating 444 flats and offices, underground parking, a shopping centre, restaurants and possibly a night club.

Californian officials hope to solve the state's ongoing water crisis by purifying waste water so it is safe to drink. The water would be combined with groundwater after a five year purification process. It is claimed a pilot programme could begin this week in the San Fernando Valley.

British Waterways has completed a feasibility study recommending the complete restoration of the Lancaster Canal, or 'the Lanky', at a cost of £14M. The canal was all but obliterated when it became an obstacle for the M6.

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