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The Highways Agency is pioneering a recycling technique on its M6 improvement scheme between junctions 35 and 36 in Cumbria. The hard shoulders are being removed, crushed, graded and mixed with PFA, cement, water, air and bitumen.

The material is then relaid like a conventional material and behaves like a new asphalt, allowing the lanes to be used as running lanes during the resurfacing works.

WS Atkins major projects unit has won a contract with Shell to provide programme management and design services for 3,500 petrol stations across Europe. The contract will initially run until 2002.

Public sector union Unison this week pledged to fight the Government's Best Value approach to procurement of local government services. It said that Best Value was 'fundamentally flawed because of its idealogical commitment to a fragmented, mixed provider environment which encourages the privatisation of council services'.

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