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CARBON COST OF NATIONAL HIGHWAYS' LOWER THAMES CROSSING CONSTRUCTION RISES TO £500M

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February 2, 2022

The carbon cost associated with the construction of National Highways' Lower Thames Crossing project has risen to almost £500M, NCE can reveal. Due to changes in the way the government calculates carbon values, the true cost of emissions during the construction of the £6.4bn to £8.2bn road project has risen by more than 230%.

MAJORITY OF REFUGE AREAS ON STRETCH OF M1 SMART MOTORWAY SHORTER THAN ADVISED LENGTH

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March 29, 2021

The majority of emergency refuge areas (ERAs) on a section of the M1 smart motorway in South Yorkshire are shorter than the 100m length advised by Highways England. On smart motorways – where the hard shoulder has been replaced by a live traffic lane – emergency refuge areas are designed to offer a place to stop for vehicles experiencing a problem.

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January 31, 2022

Launch of the High Speed 2 (HS2) Phase 2b western leg Bill  will spark more serious discussion of alternative proposals for an underground station at Manchester Piccadilly, the consultant backing the idea has said. The Integrated Rail Plan (IRP) – published in November – confirmed that the government's preferred option is for a “turnback” surface station in Manchester alongside the existing Network Rail station.

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