New Oxford-Cambridge rail link to be built by privatised firm

Reports that a new rail link between Oxford and Cambridge will be built and run by a 'fully privatised' firm feature in today's newspaper round-up.

A new route linking Oxford and Cambridge "will not be developed by Network Rail, the owner of Britain’s rail infrastructure. Instead, a new entity will be responsible for track and infrastructure, as well as operating train services, under proposals drawn up by the transport secretary, Chris Grayling", the Guardian reports. Grayling said that the new link "would be developed by a separate company outside Network Rail in the same way that the Crossrail link had been developed in London".

London mayor Sadiq Khan "has announced that investment in cycling in London over the next five years will be almost double the amount spent under his predecessor as mayor of London, Boris Johnson", the Times (subscription required) reports.

Plans to build a business park next to the Victorian model village of Saltaire in Yorkshire, have caused controversy, the Times (subscription required) reports. The newspaper says that Nick Salt, the great-great grandson of Sir Titus Salt, who built the village, "believes that plans to demolish Milner Field Farm in Bingley, next to the site, and build a business park and innovation and technology centre will lead to ‘open season for destroying our cultural heritage’".

The owner of Britain’s energy network "is gearing up to buy more power from suppliers to ensure the country’s lights stay on, with polluting diesel generators among the providers vying for contracts", the Guardian reports. The newspaper says that "National Grid needs back-up electricity sources that kick in when, for instance, demand is high but the weather is not breezy enough to power wind farms".

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