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What the papers say


The Government is reluctant to introduce road tolls, despite research that shows they could reduce congestion by 15%. Since tolls were introduced in Singapore in 1998 drivers have been able to go faster than 60km/h during the rush hour.

London Mayor Ken Livingstone has stopped top transport's executives in the capital from running company cars. Thirty six staff from the Greater London Authority's transport body Transport for London, along with 240 London Underground executives, have lost their company cars.


SNCF, France's state-owned railway group, will bid for a major stake in Britain's rail network. Vita-GTI, a subsidiary of SNCF, has made a joint bid of £2bn for a new transPennine intercity route with UK transport company First Group.


Railtrack plans to redevelop London's least loved mainline station, Euston. Railtrack plans to extend Euston through to Euston Square and develop wasteland around the lines. It wants Euston to be seen as a great entrance into London, like its closest stations Kings Cross and St Pancras.

Dave Brooker has spent two years and £6,000 producing a book about the M25. 'Scenes from a Motorway', includes over 200 photographs of interesting views, buildings and landmarks from Britain's 'largest car park'.

The Sunday Telegraph

Sea levels in the Pacific are falling. Ten years ago scientists predicted that under global warming Tuvalu would vanish within decades because of rising sea water of 38mm a year.

However sea levels have now fallen by almost 63mm, it is now believed that the nine islands with 11,000 inhabitants will survive for another 100 years.


Dublin is to get £5bn for two new transport systems. The Government recently approved a £4.3bn metro system, to work alongside the Luas light-rail system that is expected to be completed by 2003.

Road deaths in the Republic of Ireland have increased in the first half of this year.

Provisional Garda figures show that 236 people were killed in fatal road accidents up to the end of July, compared to 212 in the same period of 1999. Observers blame the Government for not implementing key aspects of the road safety strategy.


Driving in bus lanes could lose motorists their licence.

Under tough new Government plans being drawn up persistent driving in or obstructing a bus lane would result in a £500 fine or a prison sentence.


Worried by the amount of children playing on used railway lines, Railtrack and the British Transport Police are employing a helicopter to monitor tracks. Railtrack has recently spent £130,000 fitting fences around lines in Liverpool after children were spotted playing 'chicken' on lines to Bootle.

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