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NCE's hot topics: Cotswold Geotechnical case begins; Crossrail 2 takes centre stage; London airport expansion row

This week was a momentous one for the construction industry, with the first case to be tried using the Corporate Manslaughter Act 2007 beginning in Winchester.

There, Cotswold Geotechnical faces an unlimited fine, should it be found guilty of the corporate killing of geotechnical engineer Alexander Wright. The prosecution got its case underway this week. Read it here, and check back online for regular updates as the case proceeds.

Other issues in the spotlight this week revolve around the impact of High Speed 2 and air passenger growth on London. Our news analysis tackles:

  • 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. Read the analysis here.
  • The gulf between central government and London mayor Boris Johnson on aviation policy looks set to keep on widening. Read why here.

Have your say on these issue in our new discussion forums. Find out what’s hot here. Up for discussion at the moment is online CPD. Join the debate now.

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