LAX airport awards $4.9bn contract for automated transit system to LINXS
The Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Board of Commissioners has awarded the LAX Integrated Express solutions (LINXS) consortium with a $4.9bn contract to design, construct and operate the Automated People Mover (APM) project at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
The contract will require LINXS to maintain and operate the APM transit system for 30 years, with Bombardier set to provide the operating system (OS) for the project, alongside the transit vehicles.
“We are thrilled to begin work on this project, which will transform the experience for travelers at one of America’s busiest and most iconic airports, while bringing jobs and workforce development opportunities to the local community,” said LINXS.
“We are also excited to join with LAWA on its first public-private partnership, providing a best-value technical and financial solution to extend LAX’s world-class facilities, reduce congestion and provide time-certain travel options.”
Once complete, it is estimated that the APM will carry up to 10,000 passengers each hour, equating to an estimated 85.1mn passengers each year.
The system is scheduled to be operational in 2023.
217,000 extra workers needed to meet COVID-19 recovery
As the construction industry’s recovery progresses, the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) Construction Skills Network (CSN) forecasts have led the organisation to believe the industry will reach 2019 levels of output in 2022.
The CSN says there will be an increase in the number of construction workers in “most English regions” by 2025, with demands forecasted at a 1.7% rise for the East Midlands, and a 1.4% rise for the West Midlands.
Scotland and Wales are also predicted to see a surge in demand for construction workers with a total increase of 1.4% and 0.7% respectively. The North East is the only region to see a slight decline in workforce demand at -0.1%.
Wood and interior fit-out trades among the most desirable during COVID-19
According to CSN’s forecast, the trades that are the most wanted are those of wood and interior fit-outs, with both requiring around 5,500 workers per year. Other in-demand trades include technical staff and other construction professionals, requiring 5,150 workers each year, construction managers at 3,600, and the electrical installation trade, which requires 3,400 staff per year.
There is also expected to be demand for 7,850 non-construction, office-based professionals and technical and IT support staff each year. Steve Radley, Policy Director at CITB, said: “It’s great to see construction coming back so strongly and creating lots of job opportunities.
“We need to adopt new approaches to meet these growing skills needs and deliver these quickly. We are working closely with the government and FE to build better bridges between FE and work and make apprenticeships more flexible. We are also making significant investments in supporting work experience that make it easier for employers to bring in new blood.
“We must also make sure that we invest in the skills that will drive change and meet new and growing needs such as Net Zero emissions and Building Safety. We will be announcing plans soon to tackle specific skills and occupations such as leadership and management, digital skills, and skills related to energy efficiency”, he said.