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Civil engineering in the news today - Wednesday 4 February

Companies winning work on the London 2012 Olympics, one of the UK’s biggest business opportunities for generations, are being obliged to sign a contract forbidding them from marketing their involvement in the games...

...The No Marketing Rights Clauses protocol, drawn up by the Olympic authorities, even seeks to specify the tone suppliers adopt in internal communications with staff about their involvement in the games, stipulating it "should be undertaken in an understated, proportionate and regular fashion" - The Financial Times

The chief executive of Ferrovial, the Spanish infrastructure group, yesterday for the first time raised the possibility of his company selling a stake in BAA, the British airports operator, which it owns. Joaquin Ayuso said in an interview that he would consider selling part of BAA in order to reduce Ferrovial's huge debt burden - The Times

As transport networks suffered a second day of disruption, the London assembly announced on Tuesday that it would investigate how prepared the capital was for its worst snow in 18 years. However, transport experts query whether it will ever be cost-effective for systems to be readied constantly for events likely to occur only once every 20 years. David Begg, a former chairman of the Commission for Integrated Transport, said it would take about seven incidents every winter similar to those in recent days to justify the investment in snow-clearing equipment made by cities such as Helsinki or Moscow - The Financial Times

Some councils will run short of gritting salt within days, meaning roads could be left to ice over as the cold snap runs into next week. Motorists have been warned that they face another week or treacherous traffic conditions as Arctic night-time temperatures turn deep snow to ice - The Daily Telegraph

Good Samaritans who turn out to deal with icy roads and footpaths that councils fail to grit may be putting themselves at the risk of compensation claims, an MP claimed yesterday. Rosie Cooper is demanding an urgent review of the way local authorities carry out their duties in relation to clearing snow and ice - The Daily Telegraph

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