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Victorian rail tunnel to be reused as part of Crossrail

A Victorian train tunnel that was left derelict has been given a new lease of life as part of Crossrail. The tunnel was built in 1878 and has not been in passenger use since 2006.

Work was required to deepen, strengthen and widen the structure and to remove 135 years of coal and soot from the bricks from the steam trains that originally used the tracks. Last summer, 13 million litres of water were drained from the dock that runs above the tunnel to allow Crossrail workers to access the structure from above.

The rail tunnel originally served the Royal Docks when they formed the largest enclosed docks in the world, serving large ships from all over the globe. It survived a hit from a bomb during WW2 and is the only existing tunnel that will be re-used for Crossrail.

Nearly half of working adults living at home 'can't afford to move out'

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Despite working, 48% of 20-to-34 year olds who live with their parents say this is because they can't afford to rent or buy their own home. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Despite working, 48% of 20-to-34 year olds who live with their parents say this is because they can't afford to rent or buy their own home, new Shelter research reveals.

A lack of affordable housing was the single biggest reason why so many young adults in England are unable to fly the nest, a YouGov poll commissioned by the charity found. Additional data from the Census, released to Shelter, showed there are 1.97 million working young adults living with their parents. This accounts for a quarter of all 20-to-34 year old working adults in England.

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Capital catches volunteering fever

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Games Makers were praised for their contribution to the 2012 Olympic Games Credit: PA

Two years on from the Games Makers at the London Olympics, there has been a surge in the number of people volunteering. People have donated more than one million hours of their time to community projects across the capital.

M25 accident delaying traffic by more than two hours

  • The accident involved two lorries. Fuel has been spilled across the carriageway and blocked two lanes
  • The accident happened at junction 26, with the A121 at Waltham Abbey and junction 25, with the A10 at Enfield
  • Queues are currently tailing back 16 miles with delays over two hours
  • Congestion is stretching to junction 28, with the A12 at the Brook Street at Brentwood

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New £1.4 million FGM Prevention Programme announced

Parents will face prosecution if they fail to stop their daughter becoming a victim of female genital mutilation under new legislation to be unveiled by the Government at a summit in London.

A £1.4 million FGM Prevention Programme for survivors and those at risk of the practice are among a raft of plans to be announced by Prime Minister David Cameron at the Girl Summit, which is being co-hosted by the Government and Unicef.

RMT Union to vote for new leader

Members of the RMT Union will begin voting for a new General Secretary today. The new boss of the National Union of Rail Maritime and Transport Workers will replace Bob Crow who died of a heart attack in March after 12 years in the job.

The ballot will remain open for the next two months.

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