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While the catastrophic fire at the Notre-Dame cathedral unfolded, the role played by renovators on site was quickly put under the spotlight.
The £6bn Lower Thames Crossing east of London will be the biggest single road upgrade since the M25 was completed 30 years ago.
The United Nations (UN) has mooted the idea of floating cities as a “viable” solution to tackle urban challenges such as climate change and the lack of affordable housing.
Extensive design changes made as a result of technical challenges at two of Tideway’s sites are to blame for a cost increase of £280M on London’s super sewer, the company’s chief operating officer told New Civil Engineer.
A new underground rail line connecting High Speed 2 services at Euston Station in north London to Canary Wharf in east London is being considered by the government, New Civil Engineer understands.
The start of the High Speed 2 (HS2) construction programme has been pushed back again as contractors struggle to keep the project to its £56bn target build cost.
The pace of bridge repairs in the US has slowed despite 47,000 out of 616,000 of the country’s bridges rated as “structurally deficient” and in need of urgent repair, a report has found.
Ten privately-financed rail proposals are still in the running for government backing as part of the Department for Transport’s (DfT) call for ideas.
UK rail stations set for £300M upgrade Subscription
Seventy-three railway stations across the UK are to benefit from a new £300M funding pot aimed at improving access for all across the transport network.
The £160M Shotts line electrification project between Edinburgh and Glasgow has been completed on time despite having to replace main contractor Carillion after it went into administration.
HS2 construction start date pushed back againSubscription
The start of construction for High Speed 2 has been pushed back again as contractors struggle to keep to the £56bn target build cost.
Reflecting on his 45-year career with Mott MacDonald, outgoing chair Keith Howells picked out projects in South Africa and Iceland as personal highlights, while offering the industry a word of warning as automation ramps up.
A senior Heathrow Airport boss has described delays to the government’s decision about a southern rail connection to Heathrow as “frustrating”.
The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) is to impose financial sanctions for under-performing routes and operators as well as reduce or remove bonuses handed out to Network Rail bosses.
Prime minister commits to 'whole of HS2' Subscription
Prime minister Theresa May has reaffirmed her support for the High Speed 2 (HS2) project, in response to an open letter from concerned leaders in the Midlands and the North.
The proposed Crossrail extension to Ebbsfleet has been boosted by the release of almost £5M in government cash for the development of transport proposals connecting the Abbey Wood terminus with Ebbsfleet.
Galliford Try has shaken up its board after the company’s chief executive Peter Truscott announced he was leaving to join competitor Crest Nicholson.
The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has given the final go-ahead for the 11km long Wednesbury to Brierley Hill extension to the West Midlands Metro, approving the full £449.5M needed to complete the project.
High Speed 2 Ltd (HS2 Ltd) is looking to strengthen its grip on costs by appointing two firms to oversee the project.
Views sought on Edinburgh rail station redevelopment Subscription
A consultation on the future of Edinburgh Waverley railway station has opened.
Video | Welsh rail line left a 'complete washout' by stormsVideoSubscription
Floods caused by Storm Gareth have washed away several sections of the ground beneath Conwy Valley railway line in Wales.
TfL frees up £1bn in Crossrail trains dealSubscription
Transport for London (TfL) has completed a deal to sell and lease back Crossrail trains, freeing up £1bn to invest into its transport network.
The £7.3M project to repair and refurbish the grade I listed, 199-year-old Union Chain Bridge on the English-Scottish border is expected to get the go ahead today as ministers meet to approve the plans.
TfL sets aside £20bn for six line extensions Subscription
Transport for London (TfL) has set aside £19.6bn to build six line extensions across its Underground, Overground and tram networks by 2038.
Motts tables Clapham Junction redevelopment planSubscription
Consultant Mott MacDonald, contractor Laing O’Rourke and architect Hawkins Brown have published proposals to redevelop Clapham Junction station in south London.
Cambridge metro boosted by feasibility studySubscription
A feasibility study of the proposed Cambridge autonomous metro (CAM) has concluded that there is a “compelling case” for the scheme to go ahead.
The £655M Bank Tube station modernisation in London has reached a major milestone with the completion of a tunnelled connection between Cannon Street station and the Northern Line.
The remaining three western Crossrail station contracts will be awarded “very, very shortly”, Network Rail’s strategy and planning director has said.
New HS2 chair vows to learn from Crossrail woesSubscription
New High Speed 2 (HS2) project promoter HS2 Ltd chair Allan Cook has vowed to learn from the problems encountered on Crossrail.
Mace converts jumping factory for road and railSubscription
Mace is to apply its jumping factory concept used on high rise buildings to linear infrastructure.
A Mace/ Dragados JV has signed a £1.3bn contract with High Speed 2 Ltd to construct the Euston station, ending speculation of a legal challenge from losing bidders.
NIC launches new infrastructure resilience studySubscription
The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has launched a new consultation to gather views as part of a new study into the resilience of the UK’s infrastructure network.
Initial plans for the integration of High Speed 2 (HS2) and the redevelopment of the Network Rail side of Euston Station in London have been revealed in an exclusive interview with Network Rail HS2 integration director Neil Kirkwood.
Crossrail stations 'started to slip' in 2016Subscription
Crossrail’s central stations construction programme started to slip as early as 2016, the project’s chief executive Mark Wild has revealed.
Midland Metro extension cost rises by £50MSubscription
The cost of building the 11km long Midland Metro extension from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill to the north-west of Birmingham has risen by £50M to £449.5M.
The government has overruled Hillingdon Council’s rejection of High Speed 2 Ltd’s (HS2) application to build a new wetland habitat around the Colne Valley Viaduct in west London.
The government is to partially revive its previously scrapped plan to electrify the Midland Main Line.
Two start-ups, both less than four months old, have won a share of a £300,000 Network Rail and Innovate UK fund to develop automated rail design tools.
The contractor responsible for building the collapsed Florida International University (FIU) bridge has filed for bankruptcy, almost one year after the fatal collapse.
World's longest ‘horizontal skyscraper’ topped outVideoSubscription
The world’s longest “horizontal skyscraper”, built across the top of four towers in south east China, has been topped out.
A Farrans, Sacyr, Neopul JV (SFNJV) has won a £90M contract to build the extension of the £196M, 4.6km Edinburgh tram to Newhaven.
Funding concerns for the £1.6bn Stonehenge tunnel and £6bn Lower Thames Crossing (LTC) have been raised by MPs due to the government’s “lack of a clear plan” for what will replace the scrapped PF2 funding model.
HS2 JV urged to reduce agency recruitment Subscription
The Unite trade union has urged construction firms working on High Speed 2 (HS2) to employ workers directly, rather than through agencies.
Fears HS2 northern section will be slowed down Subscription
A senior Yorkshire local government leader has expressed fears that the northern section of High Speed 2 (HS2) will be designed for a lower line speed.
Transport for London (TfL) expects to spend a further £432M of public money to complete the Northern Line Extension in south London.
The rail industry “no longer possesses the same ability or incentive to innovate”, independent rail review chair Keith Williams concluded in the initial conclusions to his “root and branch” rail review.
Iconic bascule bridge shuts due to faultSubscription
The seven-year old Twin Sails bascule bridge in Poole has been closed for two weeks to allow engineers to investigate a fault with the lifting mechanism.
Crossrail 2 bosses seek autumn green lightSubscription
Crossrail 2 bosses are pushing for approval for the new line in the government’s Autumn Budget, New Civil Engineer has learnt.
Under-designed beams, partially grouted joints and construction and material deficiencies were responsible for the damage to the evacuated A$165M (£91M) Opal tower in Sydney, Australia, a final independent report has found.
Pressure mounts for HS2 to reduce speedSubscription
Pressure is mounting on High Speed 2 (HS2) bosses to cut costs by reducing train speeds.