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Construction orders in the 12 months to November last year were 2% higher than the previous year, Department of Trade & Industry figures revealed last week. There were increases in all sectors in the three months to November, except for infrastructure which fell by 22%.

Otters, door mice and Welsh clearwing moths are to benefit from a 10 year plan to protect wildlife along Welsh trunk roads according to plans announced today by the Welsh Assembly minister for economic development and transport, Andrew Davies.

Roads contractor Colas has developed a sound barrier that absorbs 50% more noise than conventional sound panels. The product has won the Siemens Prize for applied research from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris. The technology uses a concrete and wood surface with cone-shaped frustums and is being targeted at motorways and high-speed rail lines.

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