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Rail, Construction and Infrastructure Update

This week’s Rail, Construction and Infrastructure news:

The procurement phase 2 for High Speed has started this week for the estimated £520m project. HS2 route will be from Birmingham to Leeds and Manchester and they promise this will reduce journey times.

The JV between Skanska and Bam (also including Amey & Siemens) has won the £85m Ordsall Chord project to build rail links between Manchester Victoria and Piccadilly stations. The aim is to ease hold-ups to the south of Manchester Piccadilly station and enable faster, more frequent services to run across the north of England.

London City Airport project to widen the runway overlay and taxiway has been won by Lagan Construction International. The multi-million-pound airfield infrastructure project is expected to start in May 2016.

North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO), who represent 12 local authorities in the northeast, has signed 13 civil engineering contractors for the £96m highway maintenance framework.

Also this week the NHBC indicated a slow start to the year, despite the mild winter. They reported an 8% decline in new home registrations over the past 3 months, compared with the same time last year and analysts are claiming contractors are waiting for the EU referendum outcome.

Have you noticed a decline in the housing industry this year? And if so, do you think the EU referendum may be causing the market to slow?

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