Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more


Building research body BRE this week announced a trial road construction that uses a ferro-silicate slag as a bound aggregate. This material is a by-product of the imperial smelting furnace production of zinc.

Railtrack last week started work on a £33.4M signalling improvement at Edinburgh Waverley. These upgrades will be completed by April 2004.

The government was poised to make a decision on the future of financially stricken nuclear generator British Energy (BE) as NCE went to press. BE was rescued from bankruptcy two weeks ago with a £410M loan from the government. The loan was this week extended by two months, as negotiations over BE's future between City investors and government entered their final stages. Bondholders say they will back a bonds rights issue to save BE from receivership, secured on the firm's assets, if the government drops the climate change levy. The levy was introduced earlier this year to discourage firms from using electricity from non-renewable sources. If exempted from the levy, nuclear power can be made commercially viable, the bondholders say.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.