May 2009

10bn The value, in dollars, of the second state-financed bail out in Dubai. The second half of the UAE central bank’s $20bn lifeline should soon trickle through to UK firms waiting for payments from developers.

5bn The amount, in pounds, banks have put forward for the M25 road-widening scheme. Preferred bidder Connect Plus has said it is in line for more finance than required without recourse to the government’s new £2bn PFI rescue unit.

500m The value, in pounds, of the proposed revamp of Tottenham Court Road tube station in London. Five contractors, including Balfour Beatty and Morgan Est, are in the running for the job.

90m The value, in pounds, of an Olympic rail upgrade contract won by Carillion. The work, part of a £1.4bn upgrade of the London overground network for the 2012 Olympics, will cover the rail network between South Acton and Stratford/Barking.

21,000 The number of concrete piles being sunk to form the foundations of the 2012 Olympics’ media centre. Main contractor Carillion has started work over a month early.

200 The number of new schools that could be opening each year by 2011, said Partnerships for Schools, the government delivery body for the government’s BSF programme. New audited figures show that PfS has closed more deals and opened more schools over the past two years than planned under targets.

40 The percentage house sales increased in March, according to figures from HM Revenue & Customs. There were 60,000 property sales last month, compared to 43,000 in February.