Top of the agenda once again today is cycle safety after a cyclist in south London becomes the sixth to die in the capital in two weeks; meanwhile below ground milestones on Crossrail and Northern Line Extension.
2pm: The first tunnel in the £14.8bn cross-London Crossrail project has been completed and unveiled today.
Chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander and commercial secretary Lord Deighton became the first visitors to set foot inside the newly completed Crossrail train tunnel at Farringdon today.
The ministers attended the unveiling of Crossrail’s first completed train tunnel at Farringdon, 18 months after tunnelling machine, ‘Phyllis’ started her 6.8km journey from Royal Oak.
Commenting, ICE president Geoff French, said: “It’s very exciting to see Crossrail reach this important milestone. The project really is a true feat of engineering. If anything could inspire youngsters to peruse civil engineering as a career, it’s a project like this.”
10am: Northern Line Extension public inquiry begins
A four week public inquiry into the proposed construction of the Northern line began today.
Four consortiums have prequalified for London Underground’s (LU’s) £600M extension to Battersea and Nine Elms.
They are Balfour Beatty/Bam; Bechtel/Strabag; Costain/Murphy; and Laing O’Rourke/Ferrovial.
The extension will comprise 5.2m internal diameter twin bore tunnels running for 3.3km with stations at Battersea and Nine Elms.
The inquiry, called for by the secretary of state for transport, is part of the Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) process which is usual for a major project of this size.
If planning powers are obtained from the government, and a funding package is in place, then construction of the Northern line extension could begin in 2015 with the two new stations opening in 2020.
0829: Cyclist deaths
A cyclist in south London has become the sixth to die in the capital in two weeks.
The crash happened at the junction of Camberwell Road and Albany Road in Camberwell just after midday.
The cyclist, who has not been named, died at the scene.
His death is the sixth cycling fatality on London’s roads in two weeks and the 14th death so far in 2013. HGVs were involved in nine of the fatal crashes, far more than last year.
The number of cyclists killed so far in crashes in London this year is the same as the figure for the whole of 2012.
London cycle deaths
2010: 10 deaths, four involving HGVs
2011: 16 deaths, 12 involving HGVs
2012: 14 deaths, five involving HGVs
2013 so far: 14 deaths, nine involving HGVs
Source: Transport for London