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NCE's hot topics: Crossrail consultants fees exclusively revealed; company risk assessments under scrutiny; bleak future for high speed rail

NCE exclusively reveals who Crossrail has paid out £160M to for key design contracts over the past few years.

Details obtained by NCE via a Freedom of Information request show that Arup, Mott MacDonald and URS Scott Wilson earned the most accruing £40.1M, £34.71M and £32.57M respectively for detailed design work.

The figures show how vital Crossrail has been to many major consultants over the past two years, as the industry has struggled with the effects of the UK’s economic crisis. Find out who’s earned what and how it relates to the firms’ earning in rail over the past year.

Read the full story here.

Analysis

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  • 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. Is the future bleak for high speed rail projects? Read more here.

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