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IN BRIEF

Extra £400M for rail works

Network Rail is to spend £400M enhancing the railways over the next three years in addition to the £2.3bn already allocated to be spent by 2009. Half the cash is from savings made over the last two years. It will be spent on mediumsized £20-30M schemes. The other £200M is from the Department for Transport's Network Rail Discretionary Fund and will go on 290 minor track renewal projects.

Reservoir burst investigated

Thames Water was last month investigating why a 2.5m diameter, 1.3km long concrete tunnel close to the Queen Mother Reservoir in Berkshire burst, flooding local properties. The reservoir was not damaged by the rupture.

Widening begins on M25 tunnel

Work to widen the M25 motorway through the Holmesdale Tunnel in Essex starts on 6 May. The £75M project, to increase the number of eastbound lanes from two to three, will be carried out by Costain and supervised by Mouchel Parkman on behalf of the Highways Agency.

Rankine raises £2000 for RedR

The charity raffle for RedR held at this year's Rankine lecture on 22 March raised £2113. The BGA would like to thank all the companies that provided prizes.

Decommissioning up by £14bn

Decommissioning Britain's nuclear sites will cost £14bn more than expected, according to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authorities Strategy. Most of this is due to the £9bn cost of decommissioning the Sellaeld nuclear waste processing facility. The new total clean-up bill will be more than £70bn.

Keller buys Phi Group

Retaining structures rm Phi Group became a wholly owned subsidiary of Keller Group on 6 April.

Corus raises steel prices

Steel manufacturer Corus raised prices by £40/t from 30 April.

It said this reected increases in raw material and energy costs.

National water grid 'unrealistic'

Water companies have dismissed plans for a national water grid as unrealistic on economic and environmental grounds.

Their comments came after the Environment Agency announced a preliminary study of the cost of creating such a grid at the request of the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

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