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Civils in the papers today - Tuesday 31 March 2009

Civil engineering companies including Amec and the US contractor Fluor, are expected to be among the front runners in the bidding for a small state owned nuclear power project management and consultancy business with a key role in decommissioning old plants…

…Privatisation of the commercial arm of the UK Atomic Energy Authority (AEA) is expected to raise only £50m but the Government believes the businesshas the potential to win an important slice of the huge nuclear power closure programme in Britain and overseas - The Daily Telegraph
Economists have hailed a flurry of new statistics suggesting that Britain may now be through the very worst of the housing market downturn, the consumer spending slump and the broader recession. Figures from the Bank of England showed the number of new mortgages being approved in February rose by a fifth on the month - The Daily Telegraph

A row over A-level standards broke out yesterday after it was disclosed that new-style exams could be graded more leniently. Ofqual, the exams regulator, admitted that students may be able to pass with lower marks than in the past - The Daily Telegraph

London Underground is investigating a near-miss between a Piccadilly Line train and a District Line train during the evening rush hour last Friday. The incident took place near Ealing Broadway Station in West London. It is believed that a signalman has been suspended - The Times

Renewables groups squeezed by the economic crisis are going bankrupt in spite of the billions in funding for the sector earmarked by the administration of Barack Obama - The Financial Times

Three of the UK’s busiest railway stations - London King’s Cross, Reading and Birmingham New Street - will receive new concourses, escalators and shops under a £30bn spending programme for the railways unveiled today.The five-year plan, the biggest since the age of steam was replaced by diesel and electricity in the 60s, also includes the London Crossrail project and more frequent services on the London-to-Edinburgh line. However, Network Rail admits today that it is facing a funding squeeze despite its record budget, prompting fears within the rail industry that there will be a repeat of the planning mishaps that have disrupted thousands of passengers in recent years - The Guardian

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