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January/February 2019 comment: How up to date are you?

Last year should have been the year for major projects with High Speed 2 contracts hitting the ground and Crossrail opening, but sadly both have been pushed back and now look doubtful for 2019 too.

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Claire Smith is editor of Ground Engineering

These project delays, along with ongoing Brexit uncertainty, has led to a more subdued market in geotechnics than was hoped for in the second half of 2018.

Nonetheless, the news variety and volume of news stories shows there is a vibrancy about the industry in the small to medium sized project sector with some major framework tenders also being put out to bid. Geotechnical contracts for Network Rail’s CP6 spending period are also set to be awarded and transportation spending in Scotland is on the increase too.

With almost two months since GE’s last issue of 2018, it would be easy to miss these indicators that the UK ground engineering sector is not all doom and gloom. The news you see in the print issue of GE is just a snapshot of the top stories from that period – and, even then, you should follow the weblinks on many stories to get the full picture.

To be fully informed of the developments in the industry, you should start becoming a regular visitor to GE’s website - and to be reading this version of my comment you must be - which publishes up to five, sometimes more, news stories a day and several in-depth articles each week.

However, not everyone has time for that so we have just launched a new service to give readers the option to sign up for themed e-newsletters with one issued each day of the week. Each newsletter is sent by email and has a different focus, but the weekly one will still round up the top stories.

To opt in to receive the e-newsletters, click here to go to the my account section on the GE website and select “newsletters” to choose which ones you want to receive.

GE’s print issue will still deliver the top news and features stories each month but is more of a digest of what is happening in the sector. Have you signed up to ensure you’re not missing out?

Click here to read GE’s January/February 2019 issue in full.

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