Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced the policy intention in his speech to the Conservative party conference yesterday, although there was scant detail accompanying it.
He said: “We should recognise what brilliant engineers we have in this country. I am immensely proud of what they achieve. And so in 2018 – when Crossrail is complete – I want us to do something special. A year of the engineer – to excite a new generation of Brunels, Stephensons and Telfords.”
2018 will also be the bicentenary of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
According to Chinese astrology, 2018 will be a year of the dog.