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The government is hell bent on creating more traffic, despite dirty air for those living near busy roads
Plans for hard shoulder running on congested sections of motorway have shone a light on dangerously poor air quality that those living near busy roads routinely face. Rather than planning for a massive increase in cars, the Government needs to clean up its act and protect communities from dirty air.
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.
The contrast couldn’t have been more stark. For a while last year, energy boss-bashing almost became a national sport. When the big six energy firms announced price rises in the Autumn, consumers and politicians queued up to vent their outrage.
Geographically Hong Kong is a small place. I therefore often bump into many familiar faces at ICE events. At a certificate presentation ceremony a couple of years ago, I started a conversation with an extremely joyous young lady with a familiar face.
At first sight, Liverpool and its region does not fare too badly from High Speed 2 (HS2). Journey times to London will be reduced by 28 minutes and there will be a doubling of frequency. But we at 20 More Miles are not happy.
Why are construction workers a 100 times more likely to die of work related ill health than an accident on site?
Statistics show that construction work is getting safer, with a lower rate of fatal accidents than ever before. But a construction worker is still about 100 times more likely to die of work-related ill-health than as a result of an accident on site.
Crossrail 1 is only half finished but it's time to start thinking about London’s next big hole in the ground
It is – and ever has been - a common device in films that depict our future to have flying vehicles, people travelling through tubes, and other such novelties. The one thing you tend to notice is it’s usually highly ordered and efficient. People arrive. They are whisked away with no fuss.
In the face of the ongoing flooding crisis the government is spooked. But making policy on the hoof and in a panic is a recipe for errors and incoherence.
At the start of this year, I watched ICE vice president David Balmforth being interviewed on BBC TV news, discussing the need to adopt a new approach to flood risk management - a more holistic approach that isn’t solely reliant on conventional defences but looks to build the resilience of our communities and stand them in good stead for the longer term.
The recent hysteria from politicians trying to prove they are doing all they can to help flood victims, hides the truth that successive governments have failed to take increasing flood risk seriously.
A strange question you might think. Why, surely other piling contractors are the competition and with either the same or different piles. But is that right?
As the UK and global economy recovers, big projects in major cities including London are coming off the backburner. These “big” projects are often becoming taller and more slender. Buildings used to be considered slender or skinny if they were five times higher than they were wide.
Responsible employers make strenuous efforts to keep their employees safe and healthy at work. When workers are involved with machinery there is an almost constant debate about the relationship between the inherent level of safety of the machine and the safety which needs to be provided by operational procedures in the workplace.
As communities across the UK continue to be devastated by floods, why are local authorities not enforcing existing sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS) legislation, and what is really causing the delays to the release of the national SuDS standards.
The Government is keen to make road-building a core part of its plans to stimulate economic growth. They are, however, finding it difficult to get very much built. There are good reasons for this.
With Europe’s largest infrastructure project now half complete, the scale of Crossrail’s challenge – and achievement so far – are becoming clear.
As a specialist in flood risk at Peter Brett Associates, rather than a representative of the Environment Agency, I am often called upon by the BBC and Sky News to give my independent view on technical and planning issues in times of flood.
Get yourself a bottle of cola, pour the contents into a jug, re-fill the bottle half way with sand and - surprise surprise - when you try and put the cola back in there is no longer enough room. It overflows!
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