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Hyder this week announced six new partners to deliver its £600M investment programme for Welsh Water's infrastructure over five years. They are Laing, Galliford, Amec, Morrison Construction, Paterson Candy and Meica Process.

Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott this week hinted at more Government funding for light rail schemes. Visiting the Croydon Tramlink he said: 'There are exciting light rail projects being developed for London, which I look forward to seeing in more detail. I hope the 10 year plan we are working on will enable us to finance other light rail schemes nationwide.'

Oscar Faber is developing a green travel plan and variable message display system for two schools in St Albans to minimise the impact of the 'school run' in the congested Hertfordshire town.

The Government this week listed the 10 most populated urban areas that are more than 5km from a trunk road. They are Bournemouth, Southend, Aldershot, Mansfield, Thanet, Basildon, Torbay, Hartlepool, Weston-Super-Mare and Harrogate.

The British Road Federation wants a virtual doubling of road expenditure over 10 years from £5.1bn to £9.1bn.

Privatisation of South Africa's rail system could follow a detailed study of the business by UK consultant HalcrowRail. The study, to be carried out in association with state owned rail company Spoornet, aims to identify the means to bring the freight division back to profitability after years of losses.

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