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Crossrail 2 preferred route outlined 30 October, 2014
GREAT BRITAIN - Mayor of London Boris Johnson has outlined a preferred route for Crossrail Two. The GBP 20bn (USD 32bn) scheme will run north-south through London. This second route is vital to the UK capital’s growth, according to Johnson, who expressed confidence that the private sector could contribute over half of the cost “in the right circumstances”.
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Aecom completes URS acquisition
Thursday, October 30, 2014 USA - Aecom announced on 17 October that it had completed the USD 6bn acquisition of URS Corporation. Stock issuance proposals were accepted at each company’s respective stockholder meetings on 16 October.
Right-wing think tank slams HS3 decision despite government optimism
Thursday, October 30, 2014 GREAT BRITAIN - The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has called the government and David Higgins “wholly misguided” over the backing of the High Speed Three (HS3) rail link between Leeds and Manchester.
High Speed Three gets green light
Thursday, October 30, 2014 GREAT BRITAIN - The Prime Minister and Chancellor for the Exchequer approved the UK’s High Speed Three (HS3) rail project earlier this week. The route will run east to west across the north of England, connecting the cities of Leeds and Manchester.
Crossrail unworried by crane operator strikes
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 GREAT BRITAIN - Crossrail does not expect operator strikes against crane hire company HTC will cause any delays to construction, due to limited presence by that company on Crossrail sites. Construction union UCATT said in contrast: “Sites that are set to be affected by the industrial action includes: Crossrail, the London Bridge redevelopment, Nova Square Victoria, Elephant and Castle redevelopment and the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermarston.”
Jacobs Associates and McMillen to merge
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 USA - Jacobs Associates and engineering and construction company McMillen have announced their intention to merge. In a joint statement last week, a spokesman for the companies said the competencies of each would benefit the other.
Funding secured for Lyon-Turin test bore
Friday, October 24, 2014 FRANCE/ITALY - Funding for the latest test bore on the Lyon-Turin base tunnel project has been approved. The 9km drive from Saint-Martin-de-la-Porte in southeast France will eventually form part of one of the main 10.5m-diameter, 57km-long twin tunnels that will connect Italy and France.
Eurotunnel has bumper summer
Friday, October 24, 2014 GREAT BRITAIN/FRANCE - Record-breaking August traffic has resulted in strong Q3 revenues for Eurotunnel. The Channel Tunnel operator reported group revenues of EUR 343.9M (USD 435.13) for the period July to September, up seven per cent on 2013.
Third push for Stonehenge Tunnel
Friday, October 24, 2014 GREAT BRITAIN - The UK Government has set up a working group to reconsider shelved plans to construct a tunnel under Britain’s famous Neolithic monument, Stonehenge. The World Heritage Site also plays host to the heavily congested A303 highway. A tunnel would enable it to be dualled, reducing congestion and protect the area.
LNSS buys Caterpillar's tunnelling business
Monday, October 20, 2014 CANADA -Liaoning Censcience Industry (LNSS) has acquired the fixed assets and entire Intellectual Property of Caterpillar Tunneling Canada Corporation (CTCC). The two companies entered into an Assets Purchase Agreement in January 2014, and a closing ceremony was held at CTCC's facilities in Toronto, Canada.
Design contract awarded for new Chesapeake Bay tunnel
Thursday, October 09, 2014 USA - Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., announced October 7 that it was awarded a contract from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel Commission (CBBT) to serve as the design manager for a new tunnel along the 23-mile (37km) toll crossing at Thimble Shoals Channel between Virginia Beach, Virginia, and the Delmarva Peninsula.

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