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On this day in history

NCE is celebrating 40 years of being at the heart of industry by looking back at the stories that have broken over the years. Published in NCE today in...

1982

Final pour for Thames Barrier

Thames Barrier's last big concrete pour was completed this week when 380 cubic metres were tremied down to the river bed to fill between downstream sheet piles and the sill spanning piers four and five.

1988

Laser cuts Paris inner ring time

A circular "laser" 30m to 70m underground could halve Paris' traffic problems, according to a plan launched by the French prime minister and Paris mayor Jacques Chirac.

Laser stands for "liaison autoroutiѐre souterrain express et rѐgionale" - underground express and local link road - plans for which have been prepared by French construction giant Grands Travaux de Marseille.

Not to be outdone by Costain's recent proposals for a 25km tolled tunnel under London's river Thames and a double deck on the M25 around London, GTM has come up with a 50km long subterranean city centre ring road with branches through the suburbs to five of Paris' main motorway feeders.

1993

UK firms bid to run Oresund fixed link

British consultants are lining up for a slce of Europe's next super project - the £2000M Oresund Link joining Denmark and Sweden.