🚉 Rail 

West Yorkshire Combined Authority revealed route options for the first two lines of the proposed £2.5bn West Yorkshire Mass Transit connecting Leeds and Bradford, and VolkerFitzpatrick will develop a concept design of new maintenance facilities at Cockfosters Depot as part of its early contractor involvement work for Transport for London’s Piccadilly Line upgrade. In the King’s Speech, the new Government announced legislation to bring the railways into public ownership and establish of Great British Railways. 

 

Energy 

A newly elected Green Party MP called for a “pause” on a proposed 114-mile (184-km) electricity pylon route across East Anglia. The new Government’s approaches to achieving net zero have the potential to “light a fire” under the energy sector, but some other major projects may need to be “reprioritised” according to National Grid. Campaigners against the new £165m coal mine in Cumbria will have their case heard in High Court starting today, 16 July, where the new Government has determined not to defend it as its consenting was unlawful. The Energy Secretary has created a new Onshore Wind taskforce, to increase onshore wind deployment and meet the UK’s 2030 targets, and the introduction of Britain‘s new National Energy System Operator (NESO) has been delayed until at least autumn this year. 

 

🚗 Roads 

The final legal appeal against the A303 Stonehenge Tunnel enters court this week, as the expenditure on the project has been revealed as £166m despite main work not having commenced. National Highways has launched a competition for architectural and civil engineering firms to design a low-carbon footbridge over the A127 in Essex as part of the £9bn Lower Thames Crossing project. 

 

🏠 Property and Development 

Sir Keir Starmer pledged to “take the brakes off Britain” by reforming planning laws. London developer Aitch Group has secured outline planning consent for a £330m scheme to transform a former industrial site into a 1,250-home community in south east London. The striking overhaul of the iconic HSBC tower at 8 Canada Square will see large chunks of the upper floorplate removed to create a spectacular high-rise roof terrace. The cost of the project could be somewhere between £400m and £800m once designs are finalised.  

 

💧Water 

Scottish Water is on the lookout for contractors to build a bumper bioresources processing facility in Scotland. The work to build the major facility is valued at £185m to £285m. The King’s Speech included legislation to tackle pollution in rivers, lakes and seas and new powers to Ofwat to ban bonus payments. Costain has secured a new agreement with United Utilities to expand their relationship and deliver United Utilities’ upgrades in the 2025-2030 Asset Management Period 8.