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Engineers last week branded the government 'negative and defeatist' after the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Chris Smith, said London's transport system could not cope with a bid for the 2012 Olympics. Association of Consulting Engineers' chief executive Nicholas Bennett said: 'We have 11 years until the games.

This sends out entirely the wrong message to the rest of the world, particularly when British engineers are building first-rate transport systems and stadiums overseas.'

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