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NCE Live News Updates Friday 14 March: Rail upgrade scheme in Lancashire

Network Rail to improve the 6.1km link between Rose Grove and Colne

12pm: A closer look at the official figures released this morning shows construction output hit its second highest level for two years.

The total value of output in January 2014 was £9.62bn, according to the seasonally-adjusted Office for National Statistics data.

This was higher than in 23 of the previous 24 months, with £9.65bn recorded in October 2013.

Unfortunately for civils firms, the buoyant start to this year was provided mainly by residential and commercial work. Infrastructure output actually fell in January (see 10.30am).


11.30am: Atkins has secured work on a rail scheme in Texas.

The firm will provide construction management services for a multibillion dollar expansion of the Fort Worth & Western Railroad.

North Tarrant Express is carrying out the project to relieve congestion, improve safety and provide for anticipated traffic growth.

Atkins transit and rail business sector manager Jon McDonald said: “This contract demonstrates a growing need in the freight rail industry for our technical expertise in both the freight rail and highway industries.

“Atkins will support FWWR with engineering, environmental and inspection services throughout its rail system in north central Texas.”


10.30am: Infrastructure work fell in January, says official data.

The Office for National Statistics said £1.1bn of new civils work was created in the first month of this year.

This was 2.3% down on the previous month, and 3.2% down on the same month a year earlier.

Overall construction output grew slightly from December to January.


10am: Network Rail is to upgrade a section of railway in Lancashire.

The body announced plans for a £2M project to improve the 6.1km link between Rose Grove and Colne.

A nine-day closure of the line will be required when the project gets underway at the end of this month.

Network Rail area director Martin Frobisher said: “It is a significant piece of engineering which can only be carried out while the railway is closed.”

Northern Rail managing director Alex Hynes added: “The improvements will help us provide a more reliable service, on a solid infrastructure, for customers on an increasingly busy line of route.”

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