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Mark Hansford

Assess the real impact of current spending on roads

14-Apr-2014 | By

A new generation of motorway opened this Monday.

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Vital infrastructure

Three months that will decide fate of Thames Tideway Tunnel

14-Apr-2014 | By Greg Pitcher

After years of fierce debate at all levels, the fate of Thames Water’s £4bn Thames Tideway Tunnel currently rests with just five people.


Companies speed up their recruitment as economy grows

25-Mar-2014 | Updated: 26-Mar-2014 | By Jon Masters

Apprentices, graduates and qualified engineers - take your pick: civil engineering consultants are looking for a lot of new recruits. Figures in this year’s NCE Consultants File confirm what one consultant executive board member has described as a “different atmosphere in the industry now”.

High Speed 2

Political action is shaking up UK infrastructure

25-Mar-2014 | By

Last week was a big week for the UK’s high speed rail ambitions but the way in which High Speed 2 (HS2) got its boost may set the tone for how other politically difficult infrastructure decisions will be made.

Big Bang

Worst in Europe for employing women – UK civil engineering must spark change

18-Mar-2014 | By

Engineers are in huge demand worldwide - yet the number of young people joining the profession is in decline. What is to be done?

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Viewpoint: Serious discussions on safety

14-Apr-2014 | By Glen Owen

Health and safety - is it all good news?


Letters: Making the High Speed 2 connection work


Factoring Euston into the plans for HS2.


Letters: Tidal barrier solution better than dredging

10 April 2014

False economy: Dredging on the Levels will not solve historic flooding issueshe Levels will not solve historic flooding issues

Jim De Waele

Apprentices are not just an investment in the future, they make economic sense today

8-Apr-2014 | By Jim De Waele

As the UK economy continues to emerge from recession, there is almost unanimous support from all sides of the political arena on the importance of apprenticeships.

Ian Miller

Energy from Waste: Between a ROC and a hard place

8-Apr-2014 | By Ian Miller

Ironic isn’t it that at a time we appear to have a waste infrastructure capacity gap. We are exporting over 1.5M.t per annum of refuse derived fuel to mainland Europe, enough to provide power for about half a million households, yet we have a hiatus in the development of our own domestic energy from waste facilities.

Alasdair Reisner

Highways maintenance: The bumpy road ahead

8-Apr-2014 | By Alasdair Reisner

The UK is the sixth biggest economy in the world. Yet this economic strength often appears to be sustained in spite of, rather than because of, one of the country’s most valuable assets.

Kevin Frewin

Making sense of the crucial differences between the CE Mark and BSI Kitemark

3-Apr-2014 | By Kevin Frewin

Tackling the confusion surrounding the regulations.

James Macoll

Road will always win over rail

2-Apr-2014 | By James MacColl

Shedding light on how local and national government favours road over rail.

Neil Bennett

My proposition? Infrastructure planning needs more foxes, fewer hedgehogs

2-Apr-2014 | By Neil Bennett

Casting a philosophical eye on infrastructure projects.

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