Associate for Jenkins and Potter
As a regular user of the A303 throughout the year I think this is an amazing waste of public money. Vehicles can easily use the M4 if they wish to avoid the area. If the budget is £1.5b now we all know that the final cost will be well in excess of £2b. The only real outcome is that the normal public will not longer be able to see Stonehenge when driving unless they pay to see it.
As we now know the dire financial situation that Carilion was in and had been for years, it is very good that the government did not waste another £20M on a short term loan. That obviously would not have helped resolve the serious issues that the company was in.
Comment on: Projects facing skills time bomb, warns Blunkett
If you want to improve the skills shortage you need to increase salary levels for Engineers. These have been kept low by the leaders of engineering companies intentionally. I am MICE with 40 years experience. My 25 year old son earns three times what I earn. He thinks I was a fool to be an Engineer.
Comment on: Stonehenge A303 realignment announced
Billions of pounds for a tunnel to prevent normal people from seeing Stonehenge unless you pay their exhorbitant charges. Certainly improve the road system but why insist that people are not allowed to view this historic monument when driving?
Comment on: Wave goodbye to Garden Bridge £50M, says Khan
This is the kind of story that gives Engineers a very bad name. This money seems to have been frittered away without any sensible progress. The Client (i.e. the taxpayer) has been cruelly cheated and everyone including us as Engineers can clearly see that this is the case.