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Intermat chaos looms

Exhibitors and visitors attending the Intermat exhibition in Paris later this month could face huge traffic upheaval if transport strikes continue. Mike Travers recalls previous problems travelling to plant shows.

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A9 advance job won

I & H Brown goes on site this month with the first contract to be awarded for advance works on the latest stretch of the A9 dualling programme. The Perth contractor will carry out demolition works along an 9.5km section.

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Hydro up and under

Balfour Beatty has won two contracts totalling £47m for overhead and underground electricity infrastructure. Both are for Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc on the Fort Augustus to Fort William reinforcement project.

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Molson targets £150m

Molson Group, the south of England company that moved into Scotland with the purchase of fellow multi-franchise business Young Plant Sales, is looking for further acquisitions and £150m turnover in the year ahead.

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Operator is one of top jobs

An industry body is at loggerheads with training agency the CITB over the number of plant operators in the UK and their importance to the construction industry. It’s thought there are 289,000 at the controls.

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Saltire search starts

The search is underway for Scotland’s top civil engineering and construction projects. The Saltire Infrastructure Awards will acknowledge outstanding civil engineering achievement and ingenuity.

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£100,000 for botched roads?

The contractors who dig up the Scotland’s roads could face penalties of £100,000 and criminal prosecution if they fail to comply with standards. It’s one of the proposals for better quality on excavation and reinstatement.

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Two bid for Haudagain

Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering and Farrans Construction are in a two-horse race for the £18m contract to ease a north-east traffic bottleneck. Farrans is also in a joint venture for the Edinburgh Trams extension.

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Record demand for JCBs

JCB is to create 600 jobs in the next three months to cope with “unprecedented” global demand for its equipment. The manufacturer said it needs 200 workers immediately.

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Railway floods tackled

Earthworks contractors and plant hirers are on track for a multi-million pound boost as Network Rail prepares to tackle the effects of extreme weather on the Scottish network.

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