MPs will vote later this month on whether to allow passenger transport authority Merseytravel to increase tolls on the two Mersey tunnels from the current £1.20 without having to call a public inquiry and gain Secretary of State approval. They will vote on a bill brought by local MP Claire Curtis Thomas. Extra revenue would help reduce debts on the tunnel estimated at £100M and pay for safety improvements such as building three escape tunnels (NCE 15 November).
Hats off to the winners of the NCE website Millennium Bridge competition. Limited edition Arup woolly hats go to: bridge engineer Graeme Jamieson of consultant Bloxam Burnett & Olliver in New Zealand, John Miller of property manager Mapeley, Kristian Ravnkilde of WS Atkins, Ian Blore, assistant engineer at Macclesfield Council and Ian Layzell of the Housing Directorate at the National Assembly for Wales - who claims he 'badly needs the hat for an auction to raise funds for the Wales Millennium Centre'. The answers are: 91 dampers, 10 June 2000 and £18M.
Transport for London Street Management has awarded five year contracts worth an estimated £50M for monitoring and managing the capital's main roads. WSP won north and east and north and west;
London Borough of Camden won north central; and Parkman won south central and south and east.