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The contractor followed a tough first half of 2013 with more disappointing results in the second half.
NCE Live News Updates Tuesday 4 March: Contractor shortage forces Midlands rail scheme to be scaled back
Coventry to Nuneaton rail upgrade scaled back after bids come in three times over budget; Brian Cox to judge £1M engineering prize.
Government will not rush construction of High Speed 2 (HS2) and the case for starting work from the North earlier was not as clear cut as some people believe, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin told MPs this week.
- Network Rail could complete Dawlish repair early
- Network Rail and Environment Agency clash over flood scheme
- NCE Live News Updates Thursday 27 February: Costain sees jump in profits and forward orders
- Kirby keeps long term focus
- NCE Live News Updates Tuesday 25 February: Growth money remains unspent; explosion at south London station
- NCE Live News Updates Monday 24 February: Government pushes Scottish energy plan
- NCE Live News Updates Thursday 20 February: Panama Canal contractor strikes deal to restart works; Somerset Levels dredging plan revealed
The efficiency programme at Network Rail is beginning to yield results but the work is also highlighting what is left to be done.
With political conviction for High Speed 2 (HS2) faltering behind the scenes at Westminster there is a rise in favour of resurrecting plans for a third runway at Heathrow airport.
Tunnels under the Atlantic, High Speed 5 and Apple in charge of the world – all of which are possibilities for the next 40 years as far as civil engineers are concerned.
- The yawning gap that lies between form and function
- Why don't more British contractors work abroad?
- Hinkley row exposes flaws in planning reform
- A high speed world needs political consensus
- Regional growth in danger of entering economic doldrums
- Government infrastructure commitment looks uncertain
- High Speed Two needs to signal its true intentions