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NCE's hot topics: the hot news of the week is Rob Holden's decision to quit Crossrail as chief executive. So who is going to replace him?

Crossrail chief executive Rob Holden has unexpectedly announced his decison to leave the firm later this year. This is one of four hot topics up for discussion in NCE’s weekly news analysis email.

Holden has announced he will leave the firm later this year “to explore new opportunities” after less than two years in charge. There is still much to do: the project may have survived the Comprehensive Spending Review intact, but transport minister Theresa Villiers has made clear that more savings need to be found in advance of the project’s final review point in the spring. The major tunelling contracts may also have been let, but the more valuable main station works are yet to be awarded.

Read NCE’s story here, and vote on who you think should be the next boss.

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:

  • 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? Read the analysis here.
  • The government has announced plans to reform the electricity market in an attempt to create certainty for investors building Britain’s low carbon infrastructure. Will the plans have the desired effect? Read the analysis here.
  • In the final days before Christmas, Treasury body Infrastructure UK (IUK) announced its long-awaited findings of its study into why civils costs are so high. Did it leave stones unturned? Read the analysis here.

Read on for all these stories, and please have your say on the issues of the day.


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