Jackie Whitelaw's stories
To reap future rewards, we need to invest nowSubscription
I was lucky enough this week to have been asked to the Smeatonian Society of Civil Engineers’ autumn lunch courtesy of former ICE president and current Smeatonian Society president Gwilym Roberts.
The huge curved floating gates that will close off the deep water navigation channel through the St Petersburg flood barrier are soon to be closed for the first time. Jackie Whitelaw reports.
Growth in environment work comes to an endSubscription
Rampant growth among environmental consultants is over, according to new research from Environment Analyst.
Jean Venables: My brilliant yearSubscription
What has Jean Venables made of her year as president of the ICE? And did her gender make a difference? She talks to Jackie Whitelaw.
Managed motorways: Delivering efficiencySubscription
The Highways Agency is about to embark on a vast programme of work to create a network of managed motorways in England that will control driving speeds and open up the hard shoulder to drivers to increase capacity. The end result should be a revolution in motorway travel with much smoother, safer trips for drivers, and reliable though not necessarily faster, journey times. Jackie Whitelaw reports.
Managed motorways: Refining the artSubscription
The next generation of managed motorways will make use of research into driver behaviour and information from the initial trials to refine the methodology. Jackie Whitelaw reports.
News that investigators examining the cause of the Malahide railway bridge collapse in Dublin are to study climate issues, especially three years of record rainfall (News), are an indication of how engineering and engineers are going to change their thinking about pretty much everything in the coming decades.
In-house maintenance jobs axedSubscription
Network Rail is to cut 1,800 jobs from its in-house maintenance operation. The operator says the cuts will be the result of a restructure of the maintenance teams “to make them more efficient”.
Iain Coucher: Riding a new waveSubscription
Network Rail’s championing of a new high speed line to Birmingham, Manchester and Scotland is an important step in its transformation from day to day route operator to forward thinking transport provider. Jackie Whitelaw speaks to chief executive Iain Coucher to find out more.
Rail industry suppliers are to be awarded longer term contracts in exchange for investment in innovation, cuts in costs and reduced travel disruption.