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Heathrow Express tunnel

The Health & Safety Executive's legal action over the Heathrow Express tunnel collapse in 1994 started in the High Court last month. Contractor Balfour Beatty and Austrian tunnelling contractor Geoconsult both face virtually identical charges under the Health & Safety at

Work Act of endangering employees and others.

The Government has given the go-ahead for £1bn worth of road schemes to start by 2004. Of the projects, 22 improvement and bypass schemes worth £600M will start by 2002, followed by the £94M, M25 junction 12-15 widening in 2003 and the £82M, M60 junction 5-8 widening in 2004.

Entries for the 1999 MacRobert Award are invited by The Royal Academy of Engineering, which is looking for successful, innovative engineering projects benefiting society. The award carries a prize of £50,000. Closing date is 31 March 1998. For details ontact Keith Davis, tel: 0171 222 2688.

The Institution of Highways & Transportation is creating a Motorway Archive. It aims to compile an historical record from anecdotes, memories and views of those involved in building the UK's motorway network. One section is Earthworks Structures (metal or polymer soil reinforcements) and topic leaders Rod Smith and Chris Jenner are seeking contributions from the geotechnical engineering industry. Contact Smith at Elwood Consultants, tel: 01902 372765 or Jenner at Tensar International, tel: 01254 262431.

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