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NCE Live News Updates Tuesday 1 October: ICE calls for shorter list of priority projects

Body urges the government to make changes to the format of the National Infrastructure Plan

11am: The Hydro venue, which will be one of the major venues for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games opened yesterday.

A picture gallery of the structure, designed by Arup, can be viewed here.

9.30am: Fehmarnbelt Crossing major contracts will be announced before the end of the year, according to the scheme promoter.

Femern said this morning that the two turnkey contracts – one for M&E for the fixed link immersed tube tunnel crossing and a second for a new substation at Rødbyhavn in Denmark – would be revealed in December.

7am: The ICE has urged the government to slash the number of projects on its priority list.

The Institution said the focus for the National Infrastructure Plan to be published in the autumn should be on creating a “robust and focused delivery plan”.

It said the NIP’s Top 40 projects actually contained more than 500 schemes and should be cut to a “shorter, concise” list.

ICE director general Nick Baveystock said: “The next version of the NIP should clearly identify those projects of genuine strategic significance in delivering long term improvements to the UK’s economic performance and quality of life, and pave the way for their fast delivery.

“It should also set out – for the delivery of each priority project – government’s role, an accountable minister or official, and clear progress on delivery.”

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