Shadow infrastructure minster Lord Adonis is to lead a new review into how to stimulate economic growth.
1.34pm: Network Rail has this week published its technical strategy for the next 30 years.
Research and development and increasing collaboration have been identified as key priorities.
“Our ability to be more ambitious relies on strengthening collaboration at all levels- across disciplines within Network rail, between Network Rail and the rail industry, with European and world railways and beyond the rail industry to other technology sectors,” said Network Rail chairman Richard Parry-Jones.
“There must also be a strong connection between long-term planning and long-term technical capability.”
1.10pm: Labour leader Ed Miliband has launched a new review into how infrastructure can stimulate economic growth
The review will be conducted by Labour’s shadow infrastructure minister Lord Adonis and will be published in spring 2014.
Said Miliband: “There will be less money around so we need new ideas to reform our economy and rebuild Britain.”
He added: “The last Labour government rebuilt our schools and rescued our NHS so that these key services worked better for the people of Britain. “The next Labour government will need the same level of ambition in rebuilding our economy to secure a recovery made by many which is built to last.”
Adonis said government needed to promote more and better jobs “by radically improving skills, the national infrastructure, levels of business innovation, and the strength of key industrial sectors”.
“Government needs to be far more engaged and hands-on to make this happen,” he said.
11.40am: The Department for Transport (DfT) has responded to the Brown review on rail franchising reform.
“The independent Brown review was clear that franchising is the best way to secure services for passengers,” said transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin. “It provided a sensible approach to strengthen a process tht has contributed significantly to the success of our railways.
“Since the review was published, the department has worked hard to implement is recommendations. Good progress has been made and we are on course to deliver a franchising programme that promotes a thriving rail industry and secures the best deal for passengers and taxpayers.”
Measures carried out by the DfT include the creation of a Franchising Advisory Panel, publishing a franchising procurement process map and resuming franchise competitions for Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern and Essex Thameside.
10.29am: Contractor Morgan Sindall has been awarded a £269M redevelopment programme for Woolwich.
The firm will turn three council estates in the Woolwich area into mixed-tenure homes.
“We are delighted to have been chosen to work on this regeneration programme after a rigourous selection process,” said Morgan Sindall chief executive John Morgan. “We have a solid record of working with communities to create successful, high-quality and sustinable miced-tenure neighbourhoods and we look forward to working with all those involved.”
Work will begin in May 2014 and is expected to take 13 years to complete.
10am: Ciwem executive director Nick Reeves OBE has died. Reeves led the institution since 1998
“Ciwem has lost a tireless advocate for the environment and an entusiastic, committed and visionary leader,” said Ciwem trustee board chair Jim Oatridge OBE. “Nick’s energy at the helm of the institution was an inspiration to us all. We will honour his memory by conintuing to strive for a sustainable, renewable world - the work that nick was so passionate about.
“Words cannot express the loss felt by the institution. Our thoughts are with his wife, Janet, and their family during this incredibly difficult time.”