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In the news this week
£8.6 billion for affordable homes to give boost onto housing ladder
Around 120,000 new homes will be built as a result of the largest single investment in affordable housing in a decade, and of these new builds:
◆ 30,000 will be for social rent
◆ 57,000 will be for ownership
◆ 6,250 will be affordable rural homes.
It is expected that this funding will create 370,000 jobs across England for homebuilders, SME developers, and wider businesses supporting the house building industry – such as electricians and plumbers. This is expected to generate up to £26 billion of other private and public investment.
Green light given for Wigan to Bolton electrification
The government has approved a £78 million investment to electrify key rail infrastructure in the north of England. This upgrade is part of plans to create a greener rail network, and it is hoped that by 2025 it will be possible to operate longer electric trains with more capacity.
Vision set out for a once-in-a-lifetime digital revolution that will fundamentally change National Highways’ roads
A virtual twin of England’s road network that can predict the time and location of potholes and other maintenance issues is just one of the innovations poised to transform National Highways’ future operations. These are some of the systems set to be rolled out as part of National Highways’ Digital Roads 2025 strategy, which outlines how the growth of digital technology and the move to electric, connected and autonomous vehicles will fundamentally change roads in the future.
Bumper £9.5 million navigation investment for River Thames
The largest investment programme in a decade for the Thames will see improvement works stretching from Lechlade to Teddington.
The improvements will include:
- Stairwell reconstruction, chamber fender replacements and resurfacing will take place at 4 lock sites: Rushey, Bray, Romney and Penton Hook.
- The removal of wrecked vessels that are either sunken, stranded or abandoned and causing an obstruction to navigation on the non tidal Thames.
- The creation of an offshore canoe ‘portage’ at Abingdon to make safe river entry and exit points either side of the lock.
- Further improvements to the dry dock facility at Sunbury including the roof structure and pumping system.
- The construction of new fish passes at Sunbury Weir, Chertsey Weir and Mapledurham Weir to improve fish passage along the Thames.
Next steps to tackle plastic waste
If you supply single-use products such as plastic plates, cutlery and polystyrene cups, you should be aware of the upcoming review which could see them banned in England. Further details of the consultation, including the full list of single-use items under review, will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
Up to £375,000 available for space science projects
Companies and research organisations are invited to apply for funding to develop technologies that could support the next generation of space science missions.
The deadline for applications to the Technology for Space Science fund is midday 23 September 2021 and organisations can bid for up to £50,000.
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