Issue : 19 July 2012
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Benchmarking indicates rail efficiency potentialSubscription
Providing basic training in geotechnics for rail operatives could help improve delivery of Network Rail’s earthworks asset management programme, according to specialists from French rail operator SNCF.
The Highways Agency hopes that the long term stability of an embankment on a slip road from the M5 has been secured as work on electrokinetic treatment of the slope comes to a close.
Bored piling completed at Bond StreetSubscription
Bachy Soletanche has to completed the bored piling phase of work on London Underground’s Bond Street Station Upgrade project for main contractor Costain Laing O’Rourke.
No construction growth until 2014, says reportSubscription
The construction industry will not see growth until 2014, a respected report has warned.
Charity calls for better disaster planningSubscription
Charity RedR has urged non-governmental organisations to incorporate disaster risk reduction into their aid and development programmes.
The government has called for water companies to publish details of projects further in advance to allow efficiencies that will save customers money.
Environment minister Lord Taylor has launched a competition to find ways to protect UK infrastructure from the effects of climate change.
Campaign Group Hastings Alliance has submitted a formal application for a judicial review of the government’s plan to build a new £92M link road between Bexhill and Hastings.
Rail specialist honouredSubscription
The Permanent Way Institution has presented retired rail engineer Douglas Ayres with its Gold Award and a cheque for £500 for his paper entitled “The Stabilisation of Slips in Cuttings and Embankments by Means of Cationic Base Exchange”.
The first major strategic review of London’s road network in decades is to get moving this week as mayor Boris Johnson meets his election pledge to establish the London Roads Task Force.