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May I correct an inaccuracy in my presentation to Civils 2004 reported in NCE (6 May).

I have rightly been taken to task by the project team for the A30 Bodmin to Indian Queens early contractor involvement (ECI) scheme. As your report correctly stated, I said at Civils 2004 that they had narrowly missed the nine months target for ECI projects to get from the publication of draft orders to public.

In fact, they met that target.

I am happy to set the record straight and offer my apologies to the joint Highways Agency, Mouchel Parkman, McAlpine and Scott Wilson delivery team.

One of my aims at Civils 2004 was to pay tribute to the significant achievements made through ECI in speeding up delivery. We are pressing hard to deliver more quickly and the signs are that we will achieve our target to reduce scheme preparation time by three to five years. I would not wish that bigger message to be lost in the detail.

Keith Miller, director of major projects, Highways Agency, AH1, Heron House, 49/53 Goldington Road, Bedford MK40 3LL

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