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NCE Live News Updates Monday 4 November 2013: Report rules out London constellation airport plan; Cameron calls for HS2 savings

The start of the week and major transport infrastructure is in the news. Heathrow Airport has commissioned research that rejects proposals for splitting London’s hub airport capacity while prime minister David Cameron has called on incoming High Speed 2 (HS2) Ltd boss David Higgins to follow through on his commitment to deliver the £42.6bn scheme more cheaply.

2pm: The country’s largest ever coastal flood realignment scheme completed today in Medmerry, West Sussex.

The £28M Medmerry scheme will protect 350 properties, two holiday parks and a water treatment works from coastal flooding.

The Environment Agency-led project has seen 7km of new walls built behind the old defences, which were breached, creating 180ha of coastal habitat.

Other examples of natural coastal flood schemes completed by the Environment Agency in the last few years include RSPB Frieston Shore on The Wash, Alkborough Flats in the Humber estuary and Plusterwine in the tidal Severn.

1pm: Amey has won a second major contract in Australia, just a week after securing its first significant commission in the country.

New South Wales state government agency Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has awarded Amey and its Australian joint venture partners Leighton Contractors and Boral Construction Materials a seven-year road asset management and maintenance contract worth in the region of £415M.

The award comes a week after Queensland Government Department Transport & Main Roads awarded the same JV a road infrastructure contract worth up to £80M.  

Amey has a 22% stake in the JV which brings together Amey’s recognised international asset and network management expertise with Leighton and Boral’s local knowledge and experience.  In New South Wales they will manage, maintain and improve the road network in Sydney’s south region, with an option for works in the north region.

The network includes nearly 2,000km of roads, 237 bridges and eight tunnels and stretches from the south of Sydney’s metropolitan district to the Sutherland National Park.  It incorporates the key routes to Sydney Airport and the shipping lines of Botany Bay.

11.45am: Prime minister David Cameron has called on incoming HS2 boss David Higgins to ensure he finds the saivngs on the £42.6bn scheme that he has committed to seeking.

Speaking at business lobby group the CBI’s annual conference, Cameron also said that those who wanted to “delay or obstruct” HS2 “show a lack of vision”.

11am: Research commissioned by Heathrow airport has slammed suggestions that splitting London’s hub airport over multiple sites would solve the capital’s long term aviation needs.

The research, conducted by aviation consultant JLS Consulting, sought evidence of such a model working in other world cities. “It concludes emphatically that there are no successful versions of this model,” said Heathrow Airport.

It concludes that there are numerous cities around the world with multiple airports but suggests that they use those airports for different functions – and have, at most, one hub. New York, says the research, has three network carriers with one hub airport, Newark. JFK, it says, operates as a point to point airport. It goes on to say that Tokyo attempted to split its hub airport into two and its connectivity and economy has suffered as a result; Paris has one hub (Charles de Gaulle) with Orly operating as a point to point airport; Moscow has no hub and consequently poor international connectivity.


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