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NCE Live News Updates Friday 1 November 2013: HS2 Paving Bill passed by MPs

Legislation to allow land purchases and early works for £42bn High Speed 2 scheme moves a step closer to Royal Assent

5pm: Three road workers have been injured after a heavy goods vehicle overturned on the M25.

The London orbital motorway was closed in both directions between junctions 24 and 25 after the lorry crossed the central reservation this morning.

Police said four men were injured in the incident, with one airlifted to a London hospital.

Another was treated in London for a leg injury, a third taken to a hospital in Cambridgeshire, and the fourth treated at the scene.


9am: Carillion has secured a £70M deal to upgrade the M6.

The Wolverhampton-based contractor will carry out works to increase capacity between junctions 10a and 13 of the Midlands-to-Scotland motorway.

Prime minister David Cameron announced the contract win on a visit to the contractor’s head office yesterday.

Cameron said: “It is great to be here and hugely welcome to see the work that Carillion does. You are doing some inspiring things, such as building new schools and hospitals and are at the forefront with the work you do with apprentices.


8.45am: FCC has won a €25M (£21M) deal to refurbish Costa Rica’s largest airport.

The Spanish contractor will overhaul Juan Santamaria International Airport in Alajuela.

FCC will build a 22,000 sq m hangar and several supporting buildings at the airport in an 18-month project.

The hangar will have capacity of six Boeing 757-300 aircraft. The airport has services throughout the American continent.


8.30am: MPs have approved a Bill allowing spending on preparation for the controversial High Speed 2 project.

There were no frights for the scheme as MPs voted 350 to 34 in favour of the High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill in a Halloween vote in the House of Commons last night.

This means the Bill – which would allow the government to make land purchases and carry out early works for the rapid rail link – will go to the House of Lords for consideration.

The government has targeted royal assent for the Bill by the end of the year.

It has been a big week for the HS2 project,  with the government publishing a revised economic and strategic case for the rail link on Tuesday.


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