The government has revealed a brand new long-term strategy that it hopes will make the UK an even stronger factor in the offshore wind industry. Westminster has teamed up with businesses in the sector to deliver an outlook for the coming years that focuses on growing the country's presence in this market. The government has suggested the multi-million pound investment it will make in offshore wind generation could lead to a £7 billion boom for the British economy by 2020. Several sums will be handed over from various government bodies to back this movement. For instance, the Regional Growth Fund has agreed to stump up £20 million to support the improvement of the nation's wind industry supply chain, while a further £46 million will be paid to link innovation between the government, the industry and academia. Nick Clegg, deputy prime minister, joined energy secretary Ed Davey this week to officially launch the strategy. They did so at the opening of a new wind farm off the coast of Lincolnshire. Mr Clegg said: "The race is now on to lead the world in clean, green energy. As an island nation, and with our weather, the UK is ideally placed to make the most of offshore wind energy - you could say it was a technology designed for us. "This strategy will help keep Britain as the world leader in one of the most important industries of the 21st century." As well as making the country money and supporting a cleaner, greener generation of energy in the UK, the country's employment market stands to gain from the move. That is because the government believes the wind energy industry has the potential to create about 20,000 energy jobs. There will also be changes to the way new wind farms are developed in the UK, with the government detailing the need for those above a certain size to first submit a supply chain plan before they are able to attain a Contract for Difference.
Network Rail tenders £1.7bn minor works contract
Network Rail Southern Region is seeking 16 contractors for a new minor works framework. The minor works buildings and civils framework (MWF-B&C) is divided into nine lots for unplanned, planned and cyclical maintenance works. The £1.7bn framework is designed to align
Contractor signed for the construction of a £9m new Trent bridge
A bridge is being built to connect pedestrians and cyclists in the Lady Bay area south of the river with the Trent Basin waterside housing estate on the north side of the river, close to Nottingham city centre. It will be the first new crossing of the Trent in the city for 65 years.
Women in Rail Conference marks end of 10th anniversary celebrations
Women in Rail (WR) marked the end of its 10th anniversary celebrations with its annual Conference on Thursday 2nd March 2023. The hybrid event, hosted by London law firm Stephenson Harwood, brought together 120 in-person attendees and a virtual audience of almost 100. Tickets had sold out