Ruff justice

Britain may have a shiny New Labour government with a grand vision of an integrated transport network, but the planning needed to achieve it is still a dog’s dinner. In south London, one of the few remaining sites close to the city centre with rail and road access for freight was to be sold last month - to Battersea Dogs’ Home.

The reason is not, as Dieter suggests, so that English Welsh & Scottish can rail strays from around the country direct to their cages. Rather, the well-funded canine sanctuary looked set to outbid London Concrete for the land, being sold by Rail Properties Ltd. An alternative rail-served site at Wandsworth could be used for the same purpose, but would add hundreds of heavy lorry journeys onto the city’s snarled-up streets. o