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In brief

Los Angeles Metro's troubled Blue Line extension to Pasadena could be rescued by a newly formed local government agency, which has until 1 April to raise £31M to £62M to restart work. The project was 90% designed and 10% built when it ground to a halt last year.

Channel Tunnel Rail Link operator London & Continental Railways was due to issue government guaranteed bonds worth £1.65bn to finance the first section of the line today, according to government financial advisor Schroders.

BAA said this week that it is to cut the number of architects it works with as framework partners from six to two. This follows culls on quantity surveyor and construction manager partners (NCE last week). Surviving architects are Pascall & Watson and GMW.

Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong has won the £13.6M supervision contract for the 7.6km Tsing Yi to Cheung Sha Wan road in Hong Kong. Work includes construction of a 1.2km twin tube tunnel under Tsing Yi island and a 4.9km section of elevated highway.

Fatal accidents on Welsh roads increased by five to 221 in 1997, according to figures published by the Welsh Office last week. Serious injuries fell by 225 to 1,689.

Fatal accidents on Welsh roads increased by five to 221 in 1997 according to figures published by the Welsh Office last week. Serious injuries fell by 225 to 1,689.6Los Angeles Metro's troubled Blue Line extension to Pasadena could be rescued by a newly formed local government agency, which has until 1 April to raise between £31M and £62M to restart work. The project was 90% designed and 10% built when it ground to a halt last year.

Channel Tunnel Rail Link operator London & Continental Railways was due to issue government guaranteed bonds worth £1.65bn to finance the first section of the line today according to government financial advisor Schroders.

BAA said this week that it is to cut the number of architects it works with as framework partners from six to two. This follows culls on quantity surveyor and construction manager partners (NCE last week). Surviving architects are Pascall & Watson and GMW. Losers are Percy Thomas Partnership, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Geoffrey Reid Associates and HOK. Richard Rogers Partnership which has been working on Terminal 5 is not a framework architect and will continue to be used by BAA for strategic advice.

Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong has won the £13.6M supervision contract for the 7.6km Tsing Yi to Cheung Sha Wan road in Hong Kong. Work includes construction of a 1.2km twin tube tunnel under Tsing Yi island and a 4.9km section of elevated highway.

Fatal accidents on Welsh roads increased by five to 221 in 1997 according to figures published by the Welsh Office last week. Serious injuries fell by 225 to 1,689.

Sponsors of National Construction Week in April are inviting construction sites lining the route of the London Marathon to fly a National Construction Week flag to publicise the event. For details ring 01252 812600.

Symonds is helping Glaxo Wellcome and the London Borough of Ealing produce cycle maps of west London. The maps will be used as part of Glaxo's green commuter plan.

British Aerospace is merging its construction management and Ground Systems teams to form British Aerospace Aviation & Construction Consultancy. The new organisation will be based at Chorley in Lancashire and will employ 100 staff.

The British Occupational Hygiene Society running a series of one day road shows to publicise changes in asbestos at work regulations which came into force at the beginning of the month.

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