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In the papers today - 7 July 2006

Tube passenger numbers would have been 30 million higher last year but for the 7 July bombings, according to London Underground. The network had been on course to carry over one billion passengers, up from the record 976 million the previous year - The Times.

Nuclear power should compete on an equal footing with fossil fuels and renewables, the Conservatives said yesterday. Party leader David Cameron described the nuclear option as the last resort, but also said that it should be made easier for them to be built - The Times

The top civil servant in charge of Britain's railways was yesterday cleared of assaulting a train steward in a restaurant car. Michael Mitchell, director general of railways at the Department for Transport was acquitted at Peterborough Magistrates' Court of attacking Peter Etherington as he served vegetables to diners on a GNER King's Cross to Newcastle service in June last year - The Times

The Gerrards Cross tunnel collapse has hit the profits of private finance specialist John Laing. It said yesterday that interim results from its Chiltern Railways franchise would be disappointing because of revenue lost due to the seven week closure of the tunnel - Financial Times

The government's energy review, due to be published next week, will pledge that one fifth of Britain's electricity comes from renewable sources by 2020 and that this figure should double by 2050. But environmental analyst Adas has said that at least a tenth of the British landscape will have to be transformed by windfarms and 'biomass crops' specially cultivated to produce renewable energy to meet these aspirations and beat off climate change - The Independent.

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