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The Department of Trade & Industry has announced that new construction orders to June 2001 rose by 2% compared to the previous year.

However, orders in the second quarter of 2001 fell by 12% compared to the same quarter a year earlier.

A Cementation/Bachy joint venture has won the £3.6M contract to build London's deepest ventilation shaft in Graham Road, Hackney, as part of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. The 54m shaft will include construction of one of the UK's deepest diaphragm walls.

Virgin Rail is seeking 'urgent talks' with Railtrack following the announcement that works on the Manchester South resignalling scheme, an integral part of the West Coast Main Line upgrade, will be delayed. The scheme has been put back to avoid causing disruption during next year's Commonwealth Games, but Virgin has a contract with Railtrack that guarantees lines capable of carrying the new Pendolino train fleet at up to 200km/h by 2002. The upgrade has risen in cost from an original £2.5bn to £6.3bn.

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