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Andy Bolton

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  • Consultants: How Pell Frischmann solved its ownership problem


    Consultant Pell Frischmann is now owned by a German investment trust in a deal which preserves its independence and identity.
  • Private rail is back on the agenda


    Privately financed rail infrastructure deals may be on the cards once again, as chancellor George Osborne seeks to reconcile budget cuts with a commitment to transport spending in next month’s Comprehensive Spending Review.
  • Hong Kong: What lies behind the troubled construction of MTR's rail projects?


    Cost overruns and delays have plagued Hong Kong metro operator MTR’s massive £12bn transport infrastructure programme, but what has caused the problems?
  • Three year delay for Hong Kong's high speed link to China


    Labour shortages, tunneling problems and unexpected steel fabrication complexities have seriously delayed and added £2.5bn to the cost of Hong Kong’s high speed rail link to mainland China.
  • Caverns and congestion: Kwun Tong Line Extension

    16 January 2014

    In a vast excavation site at Ho Man Tin a major new interchange between two of MTR’s newest subway lines is taking shape.
  • Driving to the south of the island: South Island Line (East)

    16 January 2014

    Tunnelling and underground work are now the main focus of civil engineering work on MTR’s 7km long South Island Line (East) project, which will link Hong Kong Island’s busy business district in Admiralty with the Southern District, terminating at South Horizons on Ap Lei Chau.
  • Getting ready to open: West Island Line

    16 January 2014

    MTR’s £1.3bn West Island Line is in its critical final stages as its project team prepares for completion at the end of this year.
  • Speeding to mainland China: Express Rail Link

    16 January 2014

    MTR’s project to build a high speed rail link to mainland China has had to overcome some tough challenges to remain on track for completion in 2015.
  • Under busy Kowloon streets: Shatin to Central Link

    16 January 2014

    Busy Ma Tau Wai Road in Kowloon City is presenting one of the first major challenges to the MTR team working on phase one of the 17km, £5bn Shatin to Central Link.
  • ICE to hold free BIM seminar

    16 May 2013

    The ICE is holding a free webinar on Building Information Modelling (BIM)on Wednesday 26 June 2013 at 12:30 BST.
  • Across Hong Kong Island

    24 January 2013

    One of the most challenging parts of MTR’s major projects programme is taking place at the heart of Hong Kong’s busy financial district, as part of the HK$12.4bn (£1bn) South Island Line (East) project.
  • Building on Hong Kong expertise

    24 January 2013

    MTR Corporation has increasingly global ambitions as a train operator having established itself as Hong Kong’s metro and commuter rail operator over the last 40 years. It operates a highly efficient and constantly expanding metro system, with 10 lines now in operation. MTR also built Hong Kong’s high speed Airport Express link, a service it now operates.
  • Cutting under Kowloon

    24 January 2013

    Tunnelling and traffic management are the main focuses of work on the Shatin to Central Link.
  • Extension dimension

    24 January 2013

    Extending the live Kwun Tong Line tunnels to for a new section of the line means that MTR project teams will have to work closely with their colleagues in train operations.
  • High speed squeeze

    24 January 2013

    Hong Kong’s high speed rail link to China is hurtling towards its 2015 completion date, overcoming unforeseen obstacles and logistical constraints on the way.
  • Team tunnel

    24 January 2013

    A close working relationship between operations teams and construction teams has helped MTR connect its new West Island Line with existing Island Line running tunnels.
  • Seventy civils students win Quest scholarships

    8 November 2012

    Nearly 70 scholarships worth £660,000 have been awarded to the “brightest and best” civil engineering students this year, through ICE’s QUEST Undergraduate Scholarship.
  • Work starts on £5bn Hong Kong's Shatin to Central rail line


    Construction of the mainly tunnelled Shatin to Central link, has just started, client MTR said this week.
  • No.10 Hillsborough disaster


    If ever an argument for the value of an engineer’s advice was needed, the tragic events of April 15 1989 provided it.
  • No.6 Mont Blanc Tunnel fire


    Tunnel designers and operators across the globe got a wake-up call in April 1999 when a lorry fire wreaked havoc in the 11.6km, single bore Mont Blanc road tunnel which links France and Italy.
  • Member satisfaction with ICE improves

    26 April 2012

    Engineers have reacted positively to the ICE’s efforts to promote the public image of civil engineering, according to the Institution’s latest membership survey.
  • Armitt in frame for Presidency

    19 April 2012

    The ICE Council last week agreed to elect Olympic Delivery Authority chairman Sir John Armitt as succeeding vice president in 2012, with a view to him becoming ICE President in 2015.
  • Further delays threaten 8 Storey’s Gate

    19 April 2012

    The refurbishment of the ICE’s 8 Storey’s Gate office could be six weeks late and may push back plans to move into the building to June.
  • ‘Put minister in charge of infrastructure delivery’ – ICE

    1 March 2012

    Chancellor George Osborne must put a senior minister in charge of delivering the government’s National Infrastructure Plan, the ICE said in its Budget submission last week.
  • Major tunnelling contracts awarded for Hong Kong Guangzhou-Shenzhen line


    MTR has recently awarded two major tunnelling contracts for the Hong Kong Guangzhou-Shenzhen high speed line.
  • Way out west: The Hong Kong rail project

    4 March 2010

    Densely packed, narrow streets and a shortage of access points are some of the challenges facing MTR Corporation on Hong Kong’s West Island Line project. Andy Bolton reports.
  • Going the distance: Hong Kong's MTR projects

    25 February 2010

    Building five major projects in 10 years is a major challenge for MTR’s newly appointed projects director TC Chew. Andy Bolton reports.
  • Hong Kong bridges special: The Macao-Zuhai crossing

    25 February 2010

    The construction on the Hong Kong- Macao-Zuhai crossing is proving to be the most technically challenging in China’s History. Andy Bolton reports.
  • Hong Kong MTR projects: The Shatin to Central Link

    25 February 2010

    Providing the first direct route from the eastern New Territories to Hong Kong Island’s financial district is the Shatin to Central Link project.
  • Hong Kong MTR: High speed rail line

    25 February 2010

    From an almost standing start in 2007, Hong Kong is starting construction of a 26km underground high speed rail line. Andy Bolton reports.
  • Hong Kong looks to woo British firms to keep mega projects on track

    28 January 2010

    Hong Kong metro operator MTR said this week it was trying to persuade British and other foreign contractors to bid for work on a huge multi-billion pound infrastructure programme because of fears that a lack of local capacity will drive up costs.
  • 2012 Olympics - key decision today


    LONDON'S BID to host the 2012 Olympic Games reaches a key stage today when four of the capital's boroughs consider the planning application for the main Olympic park.
  • Crippling cost of cancelling Crossrail


    Stop the transport cuts: Crossrail
  • Wider congestion charge could cut traffic by 37%


    TRAFFIC IN cities will fall by as much as 37% over the next 10 years if the government imposes congestion charging nationwide, according to a transport study published this week.
  • Scepticism grows over confused transport figures


    CHANCELLOR GORDON Brown last week fuelled doubts about the validity of transport spending figures when he published distorted statistics for the 2002/03 financial year.
  • Efficiency boosts fee income for consultants


    BRITAIN'S TOP 50 consultants increased their fee income by more than 25% last year, according to figures published this week in NCE's annual Consultants File.
  • All countries deserve a sporting chance


    Winning the right to stage a major international sporting event like the Olympic Games or the World Cup is a massive boost to any country. As we saw in Sydney, these events help put cities on the map and generate a huge spin off boost to national economies.
  • Railtrack influence on safety 'too strong'



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