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The M1 has been listed as a national monument worth £2.1 billion. The 40-year-old, 300km road from London to Leeds was priced by the detr in case a replacement was ever needed. The entire network of motorways and trunk roads is worth £55 billion.

Fifty-one per cent of surveyors expect a workload rise in 2000, up from 47 per cent. The last quarter of 1999 saw 34 per cent reporting a rise in workload and 11 per cent a drop. rics said building activity hadn't been so strong for two years.

England's population is soaring above government projections, with 185,000 uk immigrants in 1998/99. All but 3000 have settled in England, says Planning in London magazine.

More than 20,700 people died in the first week of the new year, a record number. The Office of National Statistics finding is thought to be down to people's strong will to see in the Millennium.

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