Britain's biggest airport operator BAA is carrying out an emergency review of all capital investment plans in the light of drastic cutbacks in flights to and from the UK. A spokesman said the review could result in schemes being carried on, rescheduled, deferred indefinitely. The company spends £500M a year on capital projects. Schemes about to start include construction of a new £77M pier at Gatwick which is not believed to be under threat and £100M worth of car parks.
Representatives of the UK construction industry this week had their first meeting since the election with Trade & Industry Secretary Brian Wilson. Of particular concern to the delegation was the threat to the principle and process of PFI (see page 22).
Carillion Construction was this week fined £15,000 at Birmingham Magistrates Court for failing to ensure the safety of contract labour.
Staff working on a footpath were found to be too close to the railway line between Proof House Junction and Birmingham New Street station.