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Speed cameras must in future be painted bright yellow so motorists can see them, transport minister John Spellar announced this week. The intention is for the cameras to encourage drivers to reduce their speeds, rather than to provide a source of revenue.

The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) has published details of its proposed environmentally friendly Lok Ma Chau Spur Line (NCE 4 October).

Previously, the rejected scheme included viaducts over an ecologically valuable area.

The new approach opts for a more expensive and time consuming tunnel option to protect the wildlife of Long Valley.

Irish farmers have wrung major concessions in a fivemonth dispute over compensation for land taken for road schemes. An agreement, costed between £160M and £64M, will guarantee 8,000 farmers extra cash by valuing their land at commercial rather than agricultural rates.

The Engineering Council senate is to vote today on Royal Charter and Bye Law changes necessary to complete the transition of the EngC into the Engineering and Technology Board.

The senate gave its approval in principle in October (NCE 1 November), but senators who oppose the plans are hoping to stall the move by calling for a referendum of EngC registrants.

The Queen Isabella Causeway in Texas has reopened after 68 days of round the clock repairs. Three 24m sections of the 3.8km viaduct collapsed when an unprotected pier was struck by a barge, killing eight people (NCE 20 September). The repairs were completed 31 days ahead of schedule, earning contractor Williams Brothers a £0.5M bonus on the £3M contract.

Jackson Rail has merged with cable installation specialist Eve NCI under the name JacksonEve.

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