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Recent Balfour Beatty acquisitions John Kennedy and Kentons have been awarded three year services contracts of up to £120M by Yorkshire Water.

Three hundred and fifty strong MC O'Sullivan, the leading Irish engineering and environmental consultancy, has been taken over by Europe's largest environmental consultancy, RPS, for £23M.

MCOS has been involved in the rapid public sector development of infrastructure in Ireland and RPS plans to expand its operations across the country.

Rochdale Canal re-opened to navigation this week after undergoing an 18 month, £23.8M restoration. Boaters can now travel 51km from Sowerby Bridge in West Yorkshire, rising 183m over the Pennines, to Manchester city centre.

The Sentinel card registration scheme that collapsed last week is back on line. The system, which checks track workers' cards to ensure they have received adequate safety training, was up and running by Friday. Railtrack staff spent the weekend updating the system with information from temporary cards that were manually issued during the failure.

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