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Figures for 1996 show that 75 per cent of central London workers use public transport, compared with 40 per cent in London as a whole, and 13 per cent in the uk. Some 40 per cent of London businesses have no parking spaces.

More than 90 planned developments in London will add 123,000 parking spaces to the capital, says the Council for the Protection of Rural England. Chief of these is Terminal 5 at Heathrow, which would add 27,000 spaces.

uk divorces have declined by 6 per cent since 1995, according to the Office of National Statistics. But the uk still has one of the highest divorce rates in Europe -40 per cent of marriages fail.

Monopoly, the board game, has sold more than 100 million copies in 180 countries and 23 languages since its launch 60 years ago. Owner Hasbro is about to introduce changes to the game, providing regional versions where players can 'buy' streets in their own city.

Home Office officials have turned down most of the requests to name buildings and premises after Diana, Princess of Wales. Only 27 of more than 100 have so far found favour.

More than 9 million passengers are expected to use Foster & Partners' North Greenwich Transport Interchange in 2000. About 24 trains per hour will stop at Will Alsop's station below.

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