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In Brief

The Severn Tunnel is likely to be closed for three weeks in July 1999 to allow engineering work to be carried out. Contingency plans involve diverting trains via Gloucester and some replacement bus services.

The Highways Agency estimates that it needs £240M to complete the bridge strengthening programme for trunk roads in England to accommodate 40t lorries.

The Engineering Council is offering a cash prize of £2,500, plus a day with the Royal Engineers, for the winner of its Young Engineers for Britain competition. The contest is open to 11-25 year olds. Details from the Engineering Council on 0171 240 7891.

The South Stand of Cardiff's Millennium Stadium is to be named after Hyder as part of a £5M advertising agreement. The company has also won the design of a £100M water treatment works in Chile. The plant will be Chile's largest and is due to begin operation in 2000.

The Institute of Highway Incorporated Engineers has launched its third policy position statement, Recycling and re-use of construction materials. The document calls for higher design life standards and planned maintenance of the existing network.

Consultant engineers are looking forward to a prosperous year, according to the latest workload survey from the Construction Industry Council. A net balance of 37% of firms expect higher fee earnings in 1998, compared to 1997.

The Engineering Council's Continuing Professional Development Forum has given a broad backing to the Government's green paper on education The Learning Age. However it says that more flexibility should be given to formal course with 'individual learning accounts' being available for the purchase of learning aids.

Railtrack is to spend £1.45M on upgrading the West Coast Main Line for freight as part of its modernisation programme. The project will clear more than 500km of route to allow taller containers to be carried on standard freight wagons, and is scheduled for completion in spring 1999.

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