Planning stats

£132m - The amount of money announced by the Department for Transport this week for rail freight projects. This will be spent on four specific schemes across the UK.

£36m - Extra funding from the Northwest Regional Development Agency and the Forestry Commission for the Newlands scheme to renew 900ha of woodland.

2m tonnes - The reduction in waste sent to landfill in the UK between 2003 and 2005. A further cut of nearly five million tonnes a year is needed to meet EU targets for 2013, the Commons public accounts committee says.

250,000 - Extra homes that should be built on top of the housing green paper target of three million by 2020, the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit has urged.

4 minutes - The reduction in evening peak-time journey durations northbound on a 17km stretch of the M42 when the hard shoulder was opened to general traffic, the Highways Agency has reported.

1.3 - The average number of people in each car in the UK. Car share lanes in Leeds and Madrid have led to an average of 1.5 people in each, Birmingham City Council noted as it launched its own scheme.

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