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Apologies to John Greiller, Hyder Consulting projects group manager who was omitted from the Civil Engineering Manager of the Year Award shortlist published two weeks ago in NCE. Greiller led technical management of the fast tracked A120/M11-Stansted slip roads project. All twelve finalists must complete entries ahead of the final on 21 November. Details to follow.

Mowlem Railways has won the £10M contract for Northern Ireland's Belfast to Bangor line renewal. Mowlem will use a modified HARSCO track laying machine to deal with the old 5' 3' broad gauge. Engineer for the 27 week, 100 man project is L'Maunsell.

Tests have been carried out by the Highways Agency on how horses react to equestrian bridges over busy roads. The sides of the Gore Lane bridge over the M4 near Swindon were built up and varied in terms of height, width and transparency and the behaviour of horses crossing the bridge recorded.

Results will be used to update the Agency's standard on equestrian, pedestrian and cycle bridges.

The first specialist civil engineering railway course in the UK has been launched by Nottingham Trent University in a bid to combat chronic skills shortages in the sector. The four year sandwich BSc degree in railway infrastructure engineering has been developed between the university and industry to encourage students into the industry.

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