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CIVIL engineering contractors are having to batten down the hatches for the year ahead.

According to a survey by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association, its members in the south say that while their workload has been busy in the fourth quarter of last year, more firms are saying their orders are decreasing – the second decline in a row.

CECA southern executive director Alan Taylor said: ‘This survey shows a welcome improvement in output.

‘Positive signs in members’ workloads show the industry is moving in the right direction in the south and south west.

‘These figures must continue to increase if contractors are to deliver growth in the economy through the multiplying effects of infrastructure provision.

He added: ‘For this reason, we are very concerned that the rise in output is not matched by positive figures for future orders.’