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Turkish dam may be funded by UK

THE BRITISH government is considering underwriting a project to build a dam in Turkey which threatens to flood dozens of Kurdish towns and villages.

Railtrack awards pounds 200m contract

A JOINT VENTURE between the contractors Balfour Beatty and Tarmac and the French engineer Alstom yesterday won a pounds 200m deal to renew overhead cables on the West Coast Main Line, writes Francesco Guerrera.

Record fine for Heathrow disaster

BALFOUR BEATTY, the blue-chip engineering company, was told yesterday it was responsible for "one of the worst civil engineering disasters" in the country when an underground rail tunnel collapsed, leaving a crater near the runways at Heathrow.

Record fine for tunnel collapse

A CONSTRUCTION company was fined a record pounds 1.2m yesterday for the collapse of a tunnel at Heathrow that left a crater near the runways and caused buildings to sway.

Tame the Third Way monster, Mr Davies

A CITY column is perhaps not the place for discussion of Tony Blair's Third Way. However, there are so many dangers inherent in this new approach to public policy for markets and enterprise that some analysis of it seems unavoidable.

Cable price fall costs 500 jobs at BICC

BICC, the troubled cables to construction group, suffered another setback yesterday when it warned that falling prices for fibre-optic cable would force it to cut 500 jobs around the world in the next few months.

Outlook: BICC

IS BICC just accident-prone, or is there something more sinister going on? The cables and contracting group seems to be locked in a permanent state of crisis. Whenever one of its divisions is rescued from collapse, a whole new set of problems pop up elsewhere.

London tube privatisation in jeopardy, says business lobby

THE GOVERNMENT is likely to miss its deadline of part privatising the London Underground by April 2000, business leaders warned yesterday.

Fat-cat row over Whitehall links with PFI businesses

THE Government came under fire yesterday for allowing senior businessmen to move from highly influential Whitehall posts, involving billions of pounds of taxpayers' money, to companies with a direct interest in the projects concerned.

BICC to axe Welsh jobs as cable demand slumps

BICC, the cables and construction group, is considering cutting jobs at one of its factories in Deeside, North Wales, in an effort to offset a slump in one of its main markets, the company disclosed yesterday.

Finance: Whoops. Another pounds 1m gone

Times are hard for local councils' own contractors

GEC ready to go underground

GEC ALSTHOM and engineering group Brown & Root have teamed up with construction company Amec to bid for the contract to own and manage London Underground trains, tracks and stations. The consortium is likely to be financed in part by Innisfree, a special-purpose fund set up to invest in joint public and private sector projects.

Railway staff set to strike over pay

RAIL PASSENGERS face cancelled services and longer train trips later this month because of a series of strikes by maintenance workers.

Strike vote sets stage for rail chaos

A SUMMER of rail chaos loomed yesterday after maintenance workers voted for industrial action in a dispute over pay and conditions.

Safety fear for rail workers

CONTRACTORS on the nation's rail network are failing to follow stringent safety rules - which could lead to a "potentially catastrophic accident", according to an industry safety review.
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