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Engineering work has begun this week to save the Hassan II grand mosque in Casablanca.

French company Bouygues is carrying out the reinforcement and strengthening work required to support a section of the mosque exposed to the sea. The harsh maritime environment has caused concrete to crack and steel to rupture. A report carried out in 2002 said that the pillars were at risk of collapse.

Balfour Beatty Rail Projects picked up the Network Rail Environment Award for large contractor on Tuesday for its work on encouraging subcontractors to develop environmental management systems. Ecolube won the supplier prize for its development of biodegradable hydraulic oil. Individual winner was Railway Estates contracts manager James Ashman for his work on reducing waste. Other winners were Southern business unit, Birse Rail, First Group and West Anglia Route Management.

Transport Minister Tony McNulty announced today that bus operators will be allowed to run more flexible services.

From 23 February passengers will be able to request pick up and drop off locations in advance. Bus companies will then be able to provide services based on demand.

Babtie has been appointed technical advisor to the new public private partnership (PPP) unit set up by the Northern Ireland Roads Service.

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