London's raised pedestrian walkways 'being reimagined for the 21st century'

A claim that London's raised pedestrian walkways, popular with architects and planners in the 1960s and 70s, are being 'reimagined for a 21st-century city' features in today's newspaper round-up.

The Guardian’s architecture critic Oliver Wainwright says that "the rapid growth of car ownership in the 1950s and 60s spawned increasing anxiety around congestion and collision, leading to the widely accepted belief that people and cars should be segregated for the benefit of both". The idea fell out of favour, he says, but now "segments" of London’s "pedway" raised walkway network "are being reincarnated in a more imaginative form than ever", including makeovers by architects.

The Telegraph reports that the construction industry is increasingly worried about the prospects of a no deal Brexit. The paper says that "a shortage of graded wood due to customs delays, and an end to foreign workers, has the whole industry worried".

The Guardian reports that "pressure is increasing on the Labour-led Welsh government to halt the dumping of ‘nuclear mud’ in the sea close to Cardiff". The paper says that "a motion calling on the government to suspend the licence allowing mud excavated from the construction site of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset to be disposed of just off the Welsh capital is to be debated next week in the national assembly for Wales".

The Guardian reports that "controversial plans to chop down a German forest to build a vast coal mine should proceed because Germany needs the polluting fuel to keep the lights on, according to the chief of the country’s state secretary for energy". The paper says that "dozens of treehouses built and occupied by campaigners for years have been recently cleared by police to make way for plans by energy firm RWE, which owns Hambach forest near Cologne, to expand its nearby opencast coal mine".


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