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NCE Live News Updates: 1 May 2013 Balfour Beatty shake-up continues

Balfour Beatty’s UK construction boss Mike Peasland is to leave the company by the end of the year. The news comes the day after the firm announced that Peasland would be demoted to running the firm’s regional contracting business.

16:59: American rail firm Amtrak has invited consultancy Network Rail Consulting to join its Northeast Corridor (NEC) Partner Forum.

The consultant will share best practice for improving the Northeast Corridor, as well as collaborating on areas such as high-speed rail development and railway operations.

“The NEC Partner Forum is a good fit for our business and will allow us to share valuable experience in developing pioneering approaches in asset management and the successful delivery of large and complex capital projects,” said the consultancy’s chairman Simon Kirby. “Added to that, we look after one of the most heavily used railways in the world, on largely Victorian infrastructure.”

 

15:39: Costain, Alstom and Babcock joint venture ABC Electrification has appointed consultant WSP as designer on its £48M West Coast Power upgrade project for Network Rail.

Work will start on the contract early this year and is due to be complete in 2016

“With Network Rail’s electrification programme now taking shape this is a strategically important win for WSP,” said WSP’s UK rail project director Jim Fernand. “Our UK rail team will benefit from our global strength in power and electrification, in particular in Scandinavia.”

 

11:49: The EU has today granted £1.6m for Wales’ first full scale tidal energy generator, first minister Carwyn Jones has announced.

Energy firm Tidal Energy’s DeltaStream tidal energy device will be deployed in Ramsey Sound, Pembrokeshire in 2014, following harbour testing later this year.

The device is comprised of three, 400kW turbines on a triangular frame, these will be added gradually after deployment.

The grant follows a £6.4M EU funding provision in 2011.

 

10:46: The London underground has exceeded all its previous records on reliability and customer satisfaction, Transport for London has announced.

Delays to passengers have been reduced by 37% since 2008/9, while passenger numbers reached 1.2bn, a 5%increase on 2011/12.

 

10:18: A passenger train has used the international platform at London Waterloo station for the first time in five years this week, Network Rail has announced.

A service from Woking arrived at the platform on Monday, ahead of the scheduled reopening in April 2014. Once reopened the platform will be used for South West Train’s commuter services

More details on the platform reopening here.

 

9:49am: Balfour Beatty’s UK construction boss Mike Peasland is to leave the company by the end of the year. The news comes the day after the firm announced that Peasland would be demoted to running the firm’s regional contracting business.

Balfour Beatty revised down its expected 2013 profits by £50M earlier in the week.

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