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NCE is looking for engineers to make up a regular opinion poll team which will gauge reaction to key events and initiatives. Polls will be conducted by e-mail and will require virtually no time to complete. If you want to take part please e-mail your name, job title and phone number to

The Highways Agency has erected signs listing the number of motorists breaking temporary speed limits at roadworks on the M6 in Lancashire. The signs were originally erected after 1,169 motorists were caught speeding during the first two weeks of a road works contract at Leyland.

London's buoyant office development market helped boost profits made by consultant Waterman in the year to 30 June. Pretax profits increased from £2M to £2.4M while the value of work completed increased from £25.2M to £30.3M.

Thames Water is to build a £13M water main running 16km across Oxfordshire from Swinford Water Treatment Works to Charlbury. Work is expected to start next spring.

Hong Kong's Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation has awarded Amec-Hong Kong Construction Joint Venture the £137M contract to build Yuen Long and Long Ping stations on the West Rail urban rail project.

Taywood Engineering has won the contract to design an interim spent fuel storage facility at the Chernobyl reactors undamaged in the 1986 meltdown. The project will be funded by members of the G7 and is due for completion by October 2001.

Construction minister Nick Raynsford has named Nottingham City Council chief executive Ted Cantle as chairman of the Local Government Task Force.

Consultant Price & Myers is the structural engineer for the Living Island zone of the Millennium Dome, not Buro Happold as stated in last week's cover story.

The first 13 training providers to formally meet the standards of a best practice code set up by Training Organisation for Professionals in Construction were announced on Wednesday (NCE 9 September). They included Shepherd Training, Babtie Training, Thomas Telford Training and the WTI Training Group.

Resurfacing of Newbury bypass finished last week. The porous asphalt surface had to be relaid after the original failed (NCE 19/26 August).

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