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NCE's hot topics: the hot debates this week are Highways Agency reform, Northern Ireland water and the truth behind Edinburgh's tram

As the shock of Rob Holden’s decision to quit Crossrail as chief executive gives turns into a desperate manhunt, more news with an impact on Britain’s biggest construction emerges.

Our top story of the week is the exclusive news that Crossrail contractor Kier, along with its joint venture partners J Murphy and Interserve, have run into major tunnelling problems on a £144M United Utilities project in Preston.

NCE can reveal that silt has breached the tunnel lining along the 3.5km long, 2.85m diameter storn water tunnel being bored beneath the Lancashire towns of Preston and Penwortham. Read NCE’s story here.

We also have exclusively online breaking news from Australia where the government is considering a wide scale levee construction programme. Read it here.

Also in this week’s email we bring you analysis of more of biggest stories in civil engineering from NCE’s news team. A new, weekly, feature for 2011, NCE will go behind the headlines to bring you more on the big stories.

This week:

  • Northern Ireland’s water crisis: the solution is about more than just the money. Read why here
  • The Highways Agency is axing its MAC contracts in favour of tougher asset support contracts. But is the Agency missing a trick by not getting MAC contractors to do more? Read more here
  • In the year that Edinburgh’s tram was due to open, we investigate what has really been causing so much contractual woe. Read more here

Then have your say on the issues of the day by joining NCE’s brand new discussion forum.



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