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High-speed rail schemes around the world explored in latest NCE

04 September 2023

NCE’s September issue is out now and is available to all ICE members to read in digital format in a browser or on the NCE app.

High-speed rail schemes around the world explored in latest NCE
The perception of the Rail Baltica project is explored this month. Image credit: Shutterstock

High-speed rail construction projects around the world are in focus in this month's issue of New Civil Engineer (NCE), which is available for free to ICE members.

The cover story and NCE editor Claire Smith’s leader look at the fast-paced work underway to deliver the 870km Rail Baltica project which will connect Estonia, Lithuania and Lativa.

The in-depth read on the project gives insight into the stage of work on site and the scale of the project.

Smith also compares acceptance of the scheme with how HS2 is perceived in the UK and the importance of clear communication around the ambition of major infrastructure projects.

The Rail Baltica article is one of four looking at developments in the rail sector.

The other articles look at upgrades underway in south Wales and the role of technology and data in rail decision making.

Civil engineering and levelling up

This month’s interview features former Education Secretary and MP, Justine Greening, and her views on the role civil engineering firms can play in delivering on levelling up.

She uses the article as a platform to dispel the concept that levelling up is just a government policy and sets out why industry playing its part is critical to its success.

Innovative thinking

The magazine also looks at what is claimed to be the UK’s first ‘caterpillar’ shaft, which has improved the carbon efficiency and sustainability of a key structure of HS2 in west London.

In this month’s Innovative Thinker, Leeds University academic Jennifer Tomlinson shares her research on issues that are preventing the sector from resolving the gender pay gap.

The issue also includes news of the winners of the 2023 ICE Awards alongside views from ICE senior vice president, Anusha Shah, and ICE Trustee for finance, Julie Wood.

NCE September cover
This month's magazine cover. Image credit: NCE

How to read NCE

To read the digital issue, which is available to all ICE, including those who still receive a print issue of NCE, go to and login in using your MyICE details.

The content can also be viewed via the NCE app which it available from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

If you currently receive a paper copy of NCE and wish to go digital only, go to to change delivery method.

  • Claire Smith, editor at New Civil Engineer