Success or failure of Infrastructure UK’s attempts to drive down the cost of civil engineering projects may come down to handful of individuals.
Late last year NCE asked 43 civil engineering consultants and contractors for their view on the likely state of the infrastructure market in 2011. It made grim reading; margins were being hammered, and tender prices were plummeting.
Passenger forecasts are sure to come under intense scrutiny as the public consultation over Britain’s High Speed Two railway kicks off this week.
Late last year the Treasury’s Infrastructure UK (IUK) division confirmed what everybody has known for ages – that UK civil engineering projects are much more expensive than European ones.
As a full public consultation on the route of the proposed High Speed 2 line from London to the north kicks off this month, prepare to hear much about the vital importance of not Crossrail, but its sister project, Crossrail 2.
As the Highways Agency rips up its MAC maintenance contract and calls for much more for much less, contractors are asking whether there is any scope at all for more for more.
2010 - year of doom, or new era of road building? Well, something to cling to anyway.
With two days left in May and barely three weeks to the summer solstice, blazing sunshine has finally arrived in the capital - and with it the predictable plethora of “fair weather cyclists”. Should we be encouraging this hapless freewheeling amateurs?