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What the papers say

The Independent

Sir Richard Branson is keen to expand his rail empire with a bid for the Dublin to Belfast line. The Virgin chief has confirmed that he is still interested in the 180km line after initial talks when Mo Mowlem was the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

A Liverpool civil engineer who invented the football goal net was this week honoured in his home town. John Brodie, who died in 1934, had an English Heritage blue plaque unveiled at his former home. As Liverpool's city engineer, he jointly designed the first Mersey tunnel.

Sunday Telegraph

The heatwave ravaging south east Europe is causing chaos on the roads. Trucks sinking into molten roads have bought traffic to a standstill, causing millions of pounds worth of damage in Turkey, Romania and Bulgaria.

Thousands of tonnes of recyclable rubbish separated by conscientious householders is being dumped by local authorities, as they can't find anyone to process it. In some areas a slump in the market for recycled bottles and paper has led to a fifth of recycled waste being tipped or incinerated.


A plan supported by the BBC to turn the Millennium Dome into a television characters-based theme park was doomed this week because the bid was lodged too late. The plan will only be considered if the existing two bids are rejected.

The Times

Wandsworth Council in London is suing Railtrack over a flock of pigeons nesting under a railway bridge. The council wants to recover the £11,000 annual cost of cleaning the footpaths underneath.

Financial Times

Motorists may soon be able to fill up their gas powered cars with domestic supplies. BG Group, formerly British Gas, has developed technology that allows home refuelling and has had preliminary discussions with General Motors and Ford.

International Herald Tribune

Officials in Kosovo have asked countries in western Europe to delay plans to send refugees back this summer. Some 120,000 houses were damaged or destroyed in last year's conflict but rebuilding is being hampered by difficulties in getting building materials into a country with poor transport links.

A firefighter was killed and 13 people hurt when a heating pipe exploded under a street in Paris this week.

Irish Times

EU commissioner Michel Barnier this week signed over the EU contribution to Ireland's £3bn National Development Plan. The money will be used to fund the development of infrastructure which still lags behind Europe.

Engineering News Record

Safety officials in Canada are trying to find out what caused a crane cable to snap, leading to the death of two workers in Oakville, Ontario.

The boom and bucket fell on to workers placing concrete.

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