The Highways Agency is repairing the Floriston Bridge over the A74 in Cumbria by heating up a damaged beam, which will regain its original shape upon cooling. The bridge was damaged in June 2002 when a lorry borne crane crashed into it. The Agency says the method is rarely used in the UK and will cost £180,000, rather than £400,000 to remove and replace it.
The Universities & Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) has reported that applications to civil engineering courses has risen by 25% this year.
Applications to building courses are up 16% and architecture applications have increased by 17.5%.
Network Rail is this week launching a campaign to recruit a team to run its new integrated maintenance operation. The team will be in charge of ensuring that the company delivers high standards and safety improvements in rail maintenance and makes significant efficiency savings.