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Marissa's Blog

I studied journalism in Brisbane, Queensland before taking a job on the sunny Gold Coast in Australia for the daily News Limited paper the Gold Coast Bulletin.

Navigating a policy for new UK roads

Posted by Marissa LynchFri, 11 Nov 2011

As public money dries up for new roads in the UK, the use of private finance has been touted by the government, but this could have huge hidden costs if deals are not managed properly.

Solving Thames Gateway's traffic problem

Posted by Marissa LynchWed, 12 Oct 2011

As construction motors ahead on the huge London Gateway port project, there are questions about whether this world-class port will be served by world-class roads leading to and from it.

Winning in Hong Kong is not a short cut to China

Posted by Marissa LynchThu, 29 Sep 2011

Hong Kong is back on the radar for civil engineers as it embarks on its next big infrastructure surge, but consultants have been warned not to be fooled into thinking the region will provide a springboard to the mainland.

Africa: The land of opportunity

Posted by Marissa LynchWed, 27 Jul 2011

Despite phone hacking scandals back in the UK, prime minister David Cameron and a plane-full of British executives touched down in South Africa and Nigeria last week, hoping to promote British expertise on the African continent.

Could Greek crisis damage infrastructure investor confidence?

Posted by Marissa LynchWed, 29 Jun 2011

Greece’s sovereign debt crisis undoubtedly raises worrying questions about potential contagion risks for the infrastructure industry.

Gautrain strives for social change

Posted by Marissa LynchWed, 1 Jun 2011

It’s a project that will be judged more on its legacy than most.

Indonesia looks to reform its PPP image after series of high profile failures

Posted by Marissa LynchTue, 17 May 2011

It is a country no doubt more commonly known for its PPP failings with dozens of collapsed PPP projects than one known for its successes.

Increasingly bleak future for high speed rail

Posted by Marissa LynchWed, 20 Apr 2011

The past month has been a precarious one for high speed rail projects – the demise looks inevitable for the US programme, Brazil’s TAV is suffering and last week, Portugal disbanded its high speed rail authority Rave.

Downturn fears as north Africa unrest gathers pace

Posted by Marissa LynchWed, 9 Mar 2011

While protests and unrest spread across the Middle East, even affecting traditionally perceived ‘safe’ countries like Oman, inevitably, questions are being asked around the exposure of engineering firms in the region.

Will Qatar keep its World Cup Construction to itself?

Posted by Marissa LynchWed, 23 Feb 2011

Earlier this month delegates from as far as the United States, Pakistan and the UK flocked to Doha to hear how they might benefit from a market invigorated by the 2022 World Cup.

Continent offers UK firms mixed prospects

Posted by Marissa LynchWed, 9 Feb 2011

As the uncertainty lingers around the flow of work in the UK, construction firms are increasingly looking abroad for opportunities.

What does the future hold for PFI?

Posted by Marissa LynchWed, 26 Jan 2011

It is no secret that the coalition government wants to change elements of the PFI procurement method.

Snow: how can other countries manage?

Posted by Marissa LynchThu, 13 Jan 2011

In the aftermath of the UK’s third consecutive year of inclement winter weather chaos, the inevitable question arises: what could have been done better?

Brisbane floods: engineering a solution to a natural horror

Posted by Marissa LynchWed, 12 Jan 2011

Over the past 24 hours I have watched in horror at the unfolding disaster in what is locally known as the River City – that is Brisbane – my home town and the latest to be inundated by the massive floods in Queensland.