Phew! Britain avoids triple-dip recession by a whisker as economy grows by 0.3%… and Osborne claims economy is 'healing at last' Overall figures better than expected easing pressure on George OsborneEconomy overall grew by 0.3% but construction slumps by 2.5% Deputy PM Nick Clegg warns: 'We're not out of the woods yet'Labour blames coalition for slowest recovery for 100 years Government borrowing remains stubbornly high at 120billionTory MPs accuse coalition of being 'timid' and 'complacent' about growth IMF urged Britain to rethink pace of cuts in face of sluggish recovery .
Major rail disaster narrowly averted after two huge construction drills burst through tunnel wall Train driver noticed water pouring down onto the roof of his train Train sent to investigate stopped just as drills penetrated tunnel ahead By Emily Davies PUBLISHED: 20:56 GMT, 8 March 2013 | UPDATED: 20:57 GMT, 8 March 2013 Rail staff averted a possible major disaster today when two huge construction drills came through a tunnel wall on a major commuter route. The driver of a train from Moorgate in London to Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire saw muddy water pouring on to the roof of his 10.02am First Capital Connect (FCC) train north of Old Street station. He reported the incident and all rail services were stopped.
Romanian influx We're already here says envoy (AND we built the Olympic village)Ambassador says most of the Romanians who want to be here already areHe says his countrymen were the ones who built the Olympic villageDr Jinga said fears that many Romanians would come was a ‘false problem’ , according to the country’s ambassador. In a provocative intervention yesterday, Dr Ion Jinga said it was thanks to his countrymen that the Olympic Stadium was built. Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU in 2007 but under ‘transitional controls’, low-skilled workers have continued to require permission to come to the UK
Economy SHRANK by 0.3% at the end of 2012, raising fears of a triple-dip recessionOffice for National Statistics announces negative growth for final quarter of last yearResulsts mean there was no growth overall for the whole of 2012 Nick Clegg admits government was wrong to cut funding for big building projects, damaging jobs and growth Boris Johnson says it is time to 'junk the rhetoric of austerity'IMF chief economist says the Chancellor should use the Budget in March to 'take stock' and change course , raising fears of a triple-dip recession. The figures are a devastating blow to David Cameron and George Osborne who were last night seen dining out in the Davos ski resort hours after being told of the grim economic figures.
Smile ma'am: Queen and Prince Philip are snapped by construction workers at King's Cross as they set off for Christmas at Sandringham by train Builders snapped away with their camera phones as couple stepped out carQueen boarded train to King's Lynn station in Norfolk for Christmas Then a 30-minute journey took them to private estate SandringhamQueen spotted doing paperwork on the train and opening briefcaseDuke of Edinburgh had a book with him for the trip Queen's message will be shown in 3D and HD for first time this year | UPDATED: 15:56 GMT, 20 December 2012 The Queen and Prince Philip were greeted by excited workmen today as they arrived at King's Cross station to take a train to Sandringham for their annual Christmas stay. Their well-wishers – a group of construction workers – snapped away with their camera phones as the couple stepped out of their car. In keeping with tradition, the Royal couple then boarded a train to King's Lynn station in Norfolk on a 90-minute journey to the private estate where they will enjoy the festivities surrounded by family.
Unveiled: 40billion airport for London… in the middle of the ChannelBeckett Rankine unveiled the proposals for the four-runway airport todayIt would sit on a man-made island 1.8 miles off the coast of Kent Four runways would sit separately and operate independentlyA high speed rail link direct to London would be builtThe plans pose 'no conservation or environmental risks' | UPDATED: 20:26 GMT, 19 December 2012 Plans have been unveiled to create a new 39billion airport for London – in the middle of the Channel. Engineers unveiled the proposals for a four runway airport, which would ease pressure on the South East's overburdened runways, on a man-made island 1.8 miles off the coast of Kent on underwater banks known as Goodwin Sands.
Read all about it: First glimpse inside British Library's new home for its UK national newspaper collectionCulture Minister Ed Vaizey was given a sneak peek of the British Library's new Newspaper Storage Building at Boston Spa, Wetherby, West YorkshireThe state of the art facility will be controlled by robotic shelves and features humidity, temperature and oxygen controls | UPDATED: 10:30 GMT, 14 December 2012 With its neck-achingly high ceilings and vast amounts of space, this giant warehouse could be used to store almost anything.
Read all about it: First glimpse inside British Library's new home for its UK national newspaper collectionCulture Minister Ed Vaizey was given a sneak peek of the British Library's new Newspaper Storage Building at Boston Spa, Wetherby, West YorkshireThe state of the art facility will be controlled by robotic shelves and features humidity, temperature and oxygen controls | UPDATED: 23:50 GMT, 13 December 2012 With its neck-achingly high ceilings and vast amounts of space, this giant warehouse could be used to store almost anything. But this is no ordinary building – it will soon be packed to the rafters with millions and millions of pages of local and national newspapers from as far back as the 16th century. Culture Minister Ed Vaizey was given a first glimpse at the British Library's enormous new Newspaper Storage Facility at Boston Spa, near Wetherby, West Yorkshire.
Israel unveils plans for 3,000 more settlement homes a day after UN votes to recognise Palestine The development will be built in occupied East Jerusalem and the West BankThe Palestinian Authority says they will not resume pace talks until building stopsPA says the construction will cut the West Bank in two | UPDATED: 20:21 GMT, 30 November 2012 Israel has revealed plans to build 3,000 more settlement homes in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank just one day after the UN voted to recognise a Palestinian state. In response, the Palestinian Authority says they will not resume peace talks until the building is stopped.
Doorway to despair: Glimpse inside Spanish industrial ghost town that produced seven million doors a year which has been decimated by housing crash During the construction boom, most of the doors for the 800,000 new houses a year were built in VillacanasSince the housing bubble burst, the town has been left desolate and is struggling with unemployment problems | UPDATED: 21:48 GMT, 26 November 2012 At its peak, it was a bustling town manufacturing millions of wooden doors to cater for the housing boom in Spain.