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NCE Live News Updates Friday 18 October: Busy weekend ahead for derailment clean-up crew

Non-stop work to continue following derailment in North London

5pm: A new pedestrian and cyclist bridge over the River Thames has received planning permission.

Reading Borough Council approved plans for the structure designed by Design Engine in collaboration with engineers Peter Brett Associates.

The proposed bridge incorporates a single masted cabled stayed structure. The deck is supported by paired cables that reach to the top of the mast in a vertical fan formation.

The bridge will be located between the existing Caversham and Reading Bridges in the Berkshire town.


1pm: Infrastructure workloads will grow for the next four years, according to a respected forecast.

Economists at the Construction Products Association said the civils sector would grow by 7.4% in 2014 and by a further 27.9% to 2017.

CPA economics director Noble Francis said: “The government now appears to be refocusing capital investment towards repairs and renewals. In addition, work on Europe’s largest construction project, Crossrail, is expected to peak over the next 18 months. 

“In the longer-term, the prospects for infrastructure will be reliant upon investment in the replacement of energy capacity across nuclear, offshore wind, gas and shale, all of which remain uncertain.”


11am: Arup’s European board chairman Greg Hodkinson will become global chairman of the engineering group next year.

Hodkinson will take the reigns on 1 April when present chairman Terry Hill completes his five-year term.

He will work alongside deputy chairmen David Whittleton and Tristram Carfrae, who will take up their posts on the same date.

Hodkinson said: “With the great people we have throughout the firm, I have every confidence that Arup will continue to flourish.”


10.45am: A new station is to be built at Abbey Wood in London.

Plans for the two-level station were approved by the London Borough of Bexley and the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Due to open in 2017, it will be built above two dedicated Crossrail tracks as well as those used by North Kent services.

Crossrail surface director Matt White said the “landmark” station would “transform” Abbey Wood.


10.30am: United Utilities Water is seeking bidders for up to £110M of work.

The company is going to award either contracts or framework places for work on properties in the North-west of England over a possible 10 years.

Duties will include standard water service connections, laying of mains, diversions, sewer connections and sewer diversions.

Contractors have until 10am on 20 November to register their interest in the procurement process. More information here.


10am: Good morning, it’s Friday – but there is no break in sight for the contractors working around the clock to fix the section of railway in North London damaged by a derailment on Tuesday.

Work will continue non-stop over the weekend in a bid to restore services on the North London Line between Stratford and Gospel Oak by 4am Monday.

It follows an incident on Tuesday morning when a wagon of a freight service derailed and a container became detached at Camden Road.

Balfour Beatty is replacing about 400m of damaged track, while a range of other contractors and Network Rail staff are working on other damaged infrastructure.

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