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NCE Live News Updates Monday 25 November 2013: Landmark for HS2 scheme

Hybrid bill for £42bn scheme set to be published today.

5pm: The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management has appointed Dr Simon Festing as chief executive.

Dr Festing will join the CIWEM from the Society for General Microbiology on 1 March 2014.

Originally trained in medicine, Dr Festing has worked at Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth.

More recently, he has held executive roles at both the Association of Medical Research Charities and Understanding Animal Research.


11am: A London road remained closed this morning after serious cracks were found in a block of Victorian terraced homes.

Part of Amhurst Road in Hackney was closed while investigations continued on structural problems affecting numbers 1-5.

The building was found to be structurally unstable and posing an immediate risk to the public. Demolition was being considered.

The block contains two restaurants and seven residential properties.


10am: Costain has been awarded a £30M contract to build Paddington New Yard in West London.

Paddington New Yard, located between Westbourne Park Tube station and Paddington National Rail station, contains both the Royal Oak Portal and Westbourne Park Crossrail worksites.

The project includes the construction of a bus parking deck to allow space for Crossrail trains to diverge from the Great Western line, as well as preparatory work for the installation of new rail track.

Workis set to start on site immediately, and is expected to complete in December 2015.


9am: The government will today publish the hybrid bill that would allow construction of the first phase of the £42bn High Speed 2 (HS2) scheme.

The bill is effectively the planning application for the 225km route from London to Birmingham.

Ministers have targeted a start of construction work on the controversial project by March 2017.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “HS2 is the most ambitious and important infrastructure project in the UK since we built the M25 30 years ago, and in 30 more it will be just as integral a part of the nation’s prosperity.”

Read more about today’s publication of the hybrid bill here.


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