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NCE Live News Updates Thursday 19 December: Crane collapses in west London; Costain given green light for M6 link

Investigations will be getting underway today into an incident involving a crane on a development in west London; meanwhile Costain gets green light to start work on M6 link.

9.30am: Costain has been formally awarded a contract by Lancashire County Council to construct the M6 - Heysham link road, worth approximately £100M to Costain.

The award follows on from a three year Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) collaboration between Costain and Lancashire, which has seen the project become the first highway scheme to pass successfully through the new National Infrastructure Planning process.

The project will involve a full reconfiguration of Junction 34 of the M6, 4.8km of dual carriageway, 4.5km of new slip-roads, and 12 major structures including a 200m-span crossing of the River Lune. When complete, it will connect Heysham and the Morecambe peninsula directly to the M6.

Work will begin in January 2014 and is expected to complete in 2017.

“We are delighted to have been awarded this important contract, upgrading and refreshing the UK’s transport infrastructure to improve connectivity and asset efficiency,” said Costain chief executive Andrew Wyllie.

“We have worked closely with the Council and all local community stakeholders through the design development and planning process, and we now look forward to continuing the partnership to deliver an excellent outcome for Lancashire.”

9am: Investigations will be getting underway today into an incident involving a crane on a development in west London.

Initial images taken of the site appear to show that a section of the jib has sheared off.

The incident took place at the Dickens Yard development in Ealing Broadway yesterday afternoon. The site is being developed by St. George, part of the Berkeley Group.

London Fire Brigade sent three fire engines to the scene after being called at 3.30pm.

A spokesperson from St George, the developers at the site, have issued this statement: ” There was an incident this afternoon involving a crane at the Dickens Yard development in Ealing. No one was injured in the incident. The company is investigating the matter but cannot speculate as to the cause at this stage.”

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