Network Rail has said the storm-hit Dawlish railway line could re-open on 4 April, well ahead of schedule.
The government was this week knee-deep in criticism following its reaction to the flooding that has drenched the UK in recent weeks.
Crossrail programme director Andrew Mitchell is moving to the Thames Tideway project so that he can transfer his experience as the new project moves into a crucial procurement stage.
Flood defence news
A power firm is drawing up plans for a tidal lagoon that could also work as a flood management scheme for the Somerset Levels.
Water & environment features
A sprayed cementitious repair is designed to give concrete water treatment tanks a 20-year lease of life.
The prolonged and persistent rainfall in Somerset flooded up to 40 properties last month. With more than twice the average rainfall for the time of year, the Environment Agency said it was doing everything it could to pump water off the Somerset Levels as quickly as river and tide levels allow. Existing flood defences protected over 200m2 of land and 3,500 properties, including in the surrounding towns of Langport, Martock, Ilchester and Ham.
WM Plant Hire supplied a long reach excavator and operator to clear over 500t of debris from the arches of a Worcester bridge spanning the River Severn
With heavy rain falling on already saturated ground, river levels have continued to rise in the last week. Hundreds of Environment Agency engineers have tackled a series of flood events, manning and repairing flood defences.
At the recent launch of AMP6, a water industry leader asked everyone in the room if they knew “how many different types of light bulb we use on our estate?” The answer, you’ll be interested to know, is 472.
AMP6 is coming and it would appear that very few companies are ready. Until now, the focus for even the most progressive water companies has rightly been on business planning, evaluating suppliers and awarding contracts. Now it is time to plan for the wholesale changes that will be required to their own businesses once AMP6 arrives, before it is too late.
Infrastructure in 2014
The water industry is going through a major change in focus that will have a significant impact on water companies and the supply chain
How confident are you that your sustainable drainage system (SuDS) will be accepted by a SuDS Approving Body (SAB)?