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Civil engineering in the news today - October 23rd 2008

A design flaw found in thousands of parts of the rail network is putting passengers at risk of a catastrophic derailment similar to the Potters Bar and Grayrigg disasters, according to a secret analysis by safety inspectors...
The Office of Rail Regulation ordered Network Rail to correct the problem four months ago, but Network Rail is appealing against the findings - The Times

The Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare, which was destroyed by fire in July, could have been saved had the owners not cancelled a contract with an alarm company to provide a manned response to a fire alert, a fire service report said yesterday. An alarm signal was transmitted to System2Security at 1.35am, but Avon and Somerset fire service was not called until 6.45am - The Guardian

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