The Environment Agency details how last week’s tidal surge broke a raft of records with a peak sea level rise of 5.8m recorded in Hull; former transport secretary pushes case for Crossrail 2.
6pm: London will choke unless we act now on Crossrail 2, says Adonis
Last word of the day to forrmer transport secretary Lord Adonis who has told the Evening Standard that Crossrail 2 is vital to London’s future prosperity - andrewadonis.com/2013/12/10/lon…
“This new north-south underground line needs to be built straight after the completion of the east-west Crossrail 1 in 2019. So it ought to be an immediate priority for [London mayor] Boris Johnson,” says Adonis. “For the new line to open in the mid-2020s, the Mayor needs to decide, early next year, on a route, a construction timetable and a credible funding package.”
2pm: Network Rail is to spend £15M improving the railway at Whiteball tunnell between Taunton and Tiverton
From 18 January, Network Rail will be carrying out works to repair Whiteball tunnel to prevent the aging structure from deteriorating. In addition, work will be carried out to expand the drainage system and to improve the embankment around the area as part of a wider programme to alleviate flood risks posed by extreme weather.
Around 5km of track will be renewed and seven units of switches and crossings relaid separately at Taunton and Tiverton to enable trains to travel at a higher speed.
Whiteball tunnel is a 1km Victorian brick arch structure built in 1844 which has deteriorated over the years. To prevent potential brick fall the tunnel lining was previously relined with wire mesh; during this railway closure a new concrete lining will be applied to the worst areas of the brick arch to prevent future deterioration.
The Tiverton end of the tunnel has also been identified as a potential flood site, as it was amongst the locations affected by the extreme weather condition in December 2012. The track was flooded owing to excess water spilling from the cess as well as blocking the culverts in the area.
12pm: How can the design of gantries and cantilever structures be made more aesthetically pleasing?
The rail industry’s Enabling Innovation Team, which forms part of the FutureRailway programme, has teamed up with High Speed 2 to promote a competition through the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
Read RIBA’s press release on this competition: http://www.architecture.com/UseAnArchitect/FindAnArchitect/Competitions/LiveCompetitions/LiveCompetitions.aspx
First: Worth reflecting on last week’s tidal surge which broke records, with the highest tide in London since completion of the Thames Barrier in 1984.
The Environment Agency has produced this flood map showing what London would have looked like last week without the Thames Barrier.
In all, 800,000 properties in England and Wales were protected by flood defences, yet 18,000 people still had to be evacuated, as shown on the Environment Agency infographic above.
From late yesterday: News that Balfour Beatty has brought in Mark Cutler to lead its regional construction and civil engineering business.
Cutler will join Balfour Beatty from Barhale at the end of January 2014. He has spent the last three and a half years as chief executive of Barhale; before that he was managing director of Morgan Est.
Balfour Beatty’s regional business, which delivers projects ranging in value from £100,000 to £100M, currently turns over £1.8bn. Activity is delivered through four regional hubs in Manchester, Edinburgh, London and Bristol and 17 delivery units across the UK and Ireland aligned to local customers.