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“To­day’s an­nounce­ment will heap more mis­ery on UK com­muters who al­ready pay the high­est

Europe.” fares in ANDY MCDON­ALD Shadow Sec­re­tary of State for Trans­port is dis­ap­pointed by fare in­creases.

“The pro­cure­ment of bil­lions of pounds’ worth of work for the Cross­rail pro­gramme has been a mon­u­men­tal ex­er­cise.” SI­MON WRIGHT Pro­gramme Di­rec­tor at Cross­rail an­nounces the award of the project’s last ma­jor con­tract - for a main­te­nance fa­cil­ity at Plum­stead.

“The marginal av­er­age an­nual in­crease in STEM stu­dents since 2012 is in­suf­fi­cient to make a dent in the num­bers the pro­fes­sion needs.” RICHARD ROBIN­SON Chief Ex­ec­u­tive - Civil In­fra­struc­ture, AECOM is con­cerned that not enough stu­dents are study­ing sci­ence sub­jects at A-level to sup­port fu­ture engi­neer­ing needs.

“It’s won­der­ful that so many thou­sands of Lon­don­ers were able to ben­e­fit from a faster and sim­pler jour­ney

overnight.” home SADIQ KHAN Mayor of Lon­don is pleased by the suc­cess of the first Night Tube ser­vices on Au­gust 19.

“If the driver­less car rev­o­lu­tion was re­ally just round the cor­ner, it would cer­tainly raise is­sues about the con­tin­ued mas­sive in­vest­ment in the rail­ways. Ex­cept it isn’t.” CHRIS­TIAN WOL­MAR RAIL colum­nist says driver­less cars are more hype than achieve­ment. See pages 80-81.

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