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Latest civil engineering news, analysis and opinion from New Civil Engineer.

A driverless pod vehicle to be trialled in Milton Keynes

What driverless cars could mean for engineers

17-Feb-2015 | By

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.

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M25 at night

Highways Agency shakes up maintenance work


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.


No black hole, but we do need more collaboration says floods boss

12-Feb-2015 | By

Environment Agency chairman Sir Philip Dilley has rejected claims from MPs that there is a £600M “black hole” in England’s flood defence budget.


2014 rail disruption

Letters: Network Rail fails to learn from the past


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).

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News analysis

Garden Bridge

Horticultural challenge of London's Garden Bridge


Any new River Thames crossing in the heart of London faces formidable regulatory constraints.

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VIDEO AND GALLERY | Proposals for Google's new HQ


Proposed designs for Google’s new home in California have been released.

Cadiz Bridge

THE GALLERY | Cadiz Bridge nears completion


The new La Pepa Bridge in Cadiz, Spain, is nearing completion, with the installation of the cabled sections.

Victoria escalator shaft

Victoria Tube upgrade: Clearer passages

2-Mar-2015 | By

Poor quality ground and nearby infrastructure have led to some innovative engineering work for London’s Victoria Underground station upgrade. Ben Cronin reports.

Tube work training

Careers: Training for tracks

2-Mar-2015 | By

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.

Andre Blackwood

Spreading the word

2-Mar-2015 | By

Atkins assistant telecoms engineer Andre Blackwood talks about working on the Bank London Underground project and gaining his EngTech qualification

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Thames stormwater

Major UK players positioned for Thames Tideway mega tunnel

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.

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Future Gazing

Infrastructure in 2015: a special report on the year ahead


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.

Lee Tunnel

Tideway contractors should set feminist example

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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