Those who think that too much infrastructure money is spent on rail projects, and that too much of that is spent in London, had better look away now. Because last week London business leaders heard the compelling case for Crossrail 2 - the proposed south west to north east rail route under central London.
Images of the destruction were stark. Seven metro tunnels flooded, Lower Manhattan blacked out for five days, 46 New Yorkers dead and many more injured.
A massive drop in European funding could mean as few as a quarter of the 12 carbon capture and storage (CCS) schemes expecting to be awarded money will actually receive any, according to recent developments.
The government’s Energy Bill is meant to encourage the transition to a low carbon economy but in its current state there are growing fears that much needed investment will stall before the bill is passed next April.
NEWS FROM NCE TECHNICAL REPORTER DECLAN LYNCH
Tender deadlines for the complex £118M New Wear bridge in Sunderland have put back by another month, NCE learnt this week.
Contractor Kier’s proposed merger with rival May Gurney has been in consideration for two years, NCE learnt this week.
Contractors and materials producers this week pledged to back a campaign to reduce the likelihood of serious injury or fatalities from cyclists colliding with construction vehicles.
FEATURES FROM NCE TECHNICAL REPORTER DECLAN LYNCH
Construction of a new road is a rare sight across the UK. Environmental concerns, efforts to increase use of public transport as well as cuts in government funding have all significantly reduced the number of new road building projects in recent years.
Declan Lynch is Technical Reporter for New Civil Engineer.
I joined New Civil Engineer in March 2010 and cover energy and technical stories – from small bridges to tall buildings, nuclear to tidal turbines and anything in between. In my short time at the magazine I have been lucky enough to cover a wide range of interesting events from spending two weeks embedded with the Royal Engineers in Afghanistan as well as covering a landslide disaster in Italy in first week. Having trained as an engineer I worked as a project engineer working in the UK and far flung places such as the Falkland Islands. I completed a four year Civil Engineering degree with studies in the UK, USA and Brazil. With a background in engineering I enjoy getting out in the field and talking with engineers on the ground.