London Mayor Boris Johnson and Transport for London (TfL) have today outlined plans to improve road safety in the capital
4.50pm: Local business owners and residents turned out in Bridgwater today to mark the completion of 18 months work to rebuild the town’s collapsed quayside wall.
A project team of Somerset County Council engineers and contractors Crestmoor Construction have battled through the wettest English year on record at West Quay. They also faced rapid tides of the mud-filled River Parrett and all the complications of repairing a 200 year old Listed structure to bring it back to its former glory.
The Environment Agency and Sedgemoor District Council were also partners in the project to repair the wall, triggered by extraordinary rainfall on 4 November 2011.
The engineering methods used by the project team, led by the council’s structures manager Peter Radford, have saved an estimated £2.2M million against the cost of traditional solutions.
1.30pm: London Mayor Boris Johnson and Transport for London (TfL) have today outlined plans to improve road safety in the capital.
The plan aims to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on the capital’s roads by 40% by 2020.
This will be achieved through the introduction of 20mph speed limits at dangerous junctions, trials of “dutch style” roundabouts and other cycling measures, and opening data on collisions in London for the first time.
“London’s population is rapidly increasing and the extra demand that this will place on our road network poses a significant challenge,” said Johnson. “That is why I have set a new target to cut the number of those killed or seriously injured by 10,000 – or 40% - by 2020.”
12.30pm: Network Rail has seen a drop in profit after tax for the financial year ended 31 March, it has announced today.
Profit after tax was £699M, down from £761M for the same period in 2011/12. Revenue for the period grew to £6.2bn from £6bn in 2011/12.
The group announced unprecedented investment of £5bn for the year in the railway system. During this time train performance dropped to 90.9% from 91.6% for the previous year. However passenger satisfaction rose to 85%, a record high.
“The economic times we live in mean that alongside delivering new capacity we need to keep a constant drive for improved efficiency,” said group finance director Patrick Butcher. “Our overall financial performance remains strong and we are on track to deliver over £5bn of cost savings for the next five years to 2014.”
11.30am: Contractor Carillion has signed a cooperation agreement with Australian firm SPL Powerlines, the contractor today announced.
The agreement will strengthen Carillion’s position in the rail sector, particularly around electrification and overhead line work.
“This is an exciting time for Carillion Rail and we are delighted to be in partnership with SPL Powerlines,” said Carillion Rail managing director Mark Davies. “The scale of Network Rail’s electrification expansion is transformational.
“We have already secured early enabling work on the high profile Glasgow to Edinburgh Improvement Programme and our agreement with SPL Powerlines strengthens further our leading role in this market.”
10.30am: Engineering firms Atkins, Capita, Mott Macdonald, Mouchel and UBS have been appointed roles on the UK government procurement service’s ConsultancyOne framework.
The framework will be used by central government departments, non-departmental public bodies, local authorities and others.
The firms have been awarded places on a number of lots such as multi-specialism programme delivery, procurement and policy development and advice.
“The new ConsultanceOne framework provides an assurance that organisations will be procuring high-quality consultancy services in an overcrowded market,” said Arup ConsultancyOne framework manager Steven Lloyd. “We look forward to helping support, guide and provide innovative solutions to the public sector over the next two years.”
10am: Six people have been killed and fourteen injured in a building collapse in Philadelphia, USA, newswire Reuters has said.
The four-storey building was under demolition when it collapsed, burying a neighbouring shop.