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NCE Live News Updates Friday 21 February: Trade bodies demand government flood summit

Also this morning: Amey secures £200M rail work.

4.45pm: George Osborne has reportedly mooted a major redevelopment of London’s Euston station.

The chancellor told the Evening Standard: “I’m thinking that maybe we should go for a really big re-development of Euston.”

He added that all three political parties should agree to back the findings of Howard Davies’ Airports Commission when it recommends a plan to expand airport capacity in the UK.


12.30pm:  Energy firm Forewind has revised down its North Sea wind power scheme.

The company said it would develop six projects in the Dogger Bank zone rather than eight as originally mooted. The total capacity of the scheme will now be 7.2GW.

General manager Lee Clarke said the first two projects were about to be examined by the Planning Inspectorate, with applications for two more to be submitted by the spring.

“Together these four projects represent more potential capacity than all the offshore wind farms currently installed and operating in UK waters,” he said.


11.30am: The Institution of Civil Engineers is preparing to make its case to the government for more spending on flood risk management.

The body will lead heavily on this issue in its submission to the Treasury ahead of the 19 March Budget.

ICE chiefs will make their own case to the government so passed up the opportunity to join the coalition of industry bodies writing to the Telegraph this morning (see 10am, below).

The institution does work in collaboration with other bodies through the Inter Institutional Flooding Group.


10.30am: A safety event held by Crossrail has influenced hundreds of cyclists.

The body said almost everyone who got behind the wheel of a heavy goods vehicle during its initiative intended to change the way they cycled as a result.

More than 850 cyclists took part in the Exchanging Places programme, which allowed them to see the road from a lorry driver’s point of view.

Crossrail health and safety director Steve Hails said: “The Exchanging Places programme is an important way of engaging with cyclists to raise awareness of the hazards when sharing the roads with HGVs.

“These events complement Crossrail’s lorry driver training programme, which also ensures that drivers on the project are aware of vulnerable road users.”

10am: A coalition of trade bodies has urged prime minister David Cameron to hold a cross-department summit on flood management.

The group wrote a letter to the Telegraph stating: “We would like the government to be aware that the expertise of our professions is available and, we believe, urgently required.”

It added: “Water management techniques could have helped prevent the effect of flooding on villages, towns and over surrounding land seen recently.”

A long-term strategy for flood protection needs to include land management, dredging, sustainable drainage systems and resilient housing, the group of 17 bodies said.


9.30am: Amey has been awarded deals worth a total of £200M to monitor the condition of Network Rail assets.

The company was appointed to deliver Civil Examination Framework Agreements on all contracted routes in Control Period 5.

Amey will also deliver the Civil Assessments Framework Agreements for the London North Eastern/East Midlands; Anglia; and Kent routes. 

And it secured a place on a national strategic delivery panel for assessments. The three deals are worth a combined £40M per year over five years.

Amey chief executive Mel Ewell said: “The scope of the new contracts spanning the next five years builds on Amey’s and Network Rail’s track record of strong performance by making better use of technology and introducing more efficient ways of working.”

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