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NCE’s hot topics: Conference round-up from London Rail, Qatar Infrastructure Projects, and Nuclear New Build

This week, NCE’s reporters bring you a round-up of news from the best of the week’s civils conferences, to keep you up to date with developments in the absence of a paper issue this week.

London Rail 2011

NCE’s own London Rail 2011 conference offered a wealth of insider information.

Transport for London (TfL) bosses went public with a bold bid to wrest control of suburban rail services in the capital away from the Department for Transport (DfT) and a host of train operators. The push for control is a direct response to the McNulty rail review.

London Underground managing director Mike Brown also told the industry that “unacceptable” signalling teething problems as seen on the Jubilee Line upgrade will not be tolerated on future projects.

Crossrail’s head of procurement Martin Rowark revealed that the project’s first three station contracts were “on the cusp” of being awarded.

And in the Interchanges 2011 segment of the conference, transport experts warned that transport infrastructure is only as good as its interchanges − and certain London sites need urgent attention.

Qatar Infrastructure Projects 2011

The big news from NCE sister title MEED’s conference was that Atkins plans to exponentially increase its Qatar presence by expanding staff numbers from 150 to 1,000 in two years.

Atkins outgoing chief executive Keith Clarke said the 2022 World Cup projects would be key to its expansion and it would be easy to attract the 850 more staff to the nation state.

Nuclear New Build 2011

At the Nuclear Industry Association conference this week, energy minister Charles Hendry reiterated his desire for Britain to become a “serious nuclear nation again”.

Hendry said the UK has the ambition to be the “number one destination” for nuclear power station builders and investors and the government is working towards achieving that.

Fortnightly issues

As usual, NCE’s paper format will be published fortnightly rather than weekly during July and August.

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