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NCE Live News Updates Friday 28 February: Landslip-hit line to reopen

Network Rail hopes to reopen Hastings to Tonbridge line on Monday

5pm: Atkins this week won four transport contracts across the Southern US.

It was selected as state-wide prime consultant for toll-plaza planning, development, and implementation in Texas under a five-year deal.

In Florida, Atkins secured design work on a scheme to add 21km of tolled express lanes to portions of the Palmetto Expressway and Interstate 75. It was also awarded a role as prime project designer on the widening of I-75 in Pasco County, north of Tampa.

Finally, in Alabama, the Department of Transportation selected Atkins to perform construction engineering and inspection services for federally funded transportation projects to the end of 2015.

Atkins chief executive in North America L. Joe Boyer said: “Our clients know they can count on Atkins to achieve their project goals – and help make America’s roadways safer and more efficient.”


4pm: Haringey Council has published Arup-produced plans for the regeneration of Tottenham.

The Tottenham Physical Development Framework makes a number of recommendations for consideration by public authorities.

These include detailed masterplan studies for key areas including the new Spurs football stadium, Tottenham Hale and Tottenham High Road.

Arup project director Jerome Frost said: “Tottenham is already a successful regeneration story, with a £1bn private-public investment programme. 

“The new strategy sets out a realistic but tremendously exciting strategy for how Tottenham can develop over the next decade into a truly exceptional place to live and work.”


10am: Four in 10 chief executives in the engineering and construction industry expect their companies to grow over the next 12 months, according to research.

The Global CEO Survey by consultant PwC found that 41% of respondents in the sector were positive about the year ahead.

This was up from 31% a year ago as expectations of domestic economic growth and opportunities in new markets boosted morale.

But nearly one third of the chief executives questioned were extremely concerned about access to key skills. And 70% worried about rising labour costs.


9.30am: Network Rail expects to reopen the Hastings to Tonbridge line on Monday after a month of disruption caused by three landslips.

The rail operator said its engineers were on target to complete work on the Kent line this weekend after four weeks of effort.

Network Rail route managing director Fiona Taylor said: “We have now restored the track across the most serious of the landslips, at Stonegate, after delivering more than 10,000 tons of stone to repair the damage, and by Monday Southeastern will be able to get their trains running again across all three repaired slips.

“It has been a huge effort from our dedicated engineers and contractors, in often atrocious conditions, and my thanks go to them and to the passengers for their patience. I’m also aware of the efforts made by Southeastern’s staff, who have kept passengers informed through the disruption.”

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