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Driverless cars could eventually be programmed to run complete journeys at the press of a button, radically altering the type of transport infrastructure needed across the UK, a key figure has predicted.
The Highways Agency is taking some of its roads maintenance work back in-house, but it denies that asset support contracts (ASCs) will be phased out.
Environment Agency chairman Sir Philip Dilley has rejected claims from MPs that there is a £600M “black hole” in England’s flood defence budget.
As an engineer and former railway employee responsible for coordinating the annual national rail closure plan I read with increasing frustration the Office of Rail Regulation’s (ORR) conclusions following the King’s Cross over-run last Christmas (NCE 19 February).
Any new River Thames crossing in the heart of London faces formidable regulatory constraints.
Poor quality ground and nearby infrastructure have led to some innovative engineering work for London’s Victoria Underground station upgrade. Ben Cronin reports.
Supporting London mayor Boris Johnson’s skills agenda and helping deliver a sustainable future for the railway industry, specialist contractor Cleshar is launching a training academy with a difference. Mark Hansford reports.
Atkins assistant telecoms engineer Andre Blackwood talks about working on the Bank London Underground project and gaining his EngTech qualification
This week's top story
Key players in the UK construction market – Costain, Laing O’Rourke, Vinci, Bachy, Ferrovial, Bam Nuttall, Morgan Sindall and Balfour Beatty – have been named as the preferred bidders to build the mega sewer tunnel under the River Thames, it has been revealed.
Special report: Infrastructure in 2015
The world of civil engineering is changing fast. Technology is now there to radically change how we build. But it’s also challenging what we build and why. New skills are needed and new technologies need to be embraced.
A string of household names in the UK contracting market was named this week as preferred bidders for the £4.2bn Thames Tideway Tunnel civils packages. It is surely a ringing endorsement of the capability of the UK construction industry to deliver major infrastructure projects.
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