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James Cant

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  • Comment on: Scrapping HS2 could fund 28 transport schemes, report claims

    James Cant's comment 15 May, 2019 1:43 pm

    Although the anticipated cost of HS2 apparently keeps rising, what's to say that the rest of these proposed schemes won't rise in price similarly? There does not appear to be much in the way of detailed costing behind each of the scheme.

    I imagine if the TPA's approach was adopted, they would then soon be railing against the "profligate" spending of each individual scheme and pick them off one by one., particularly as they too increased in cost as the full extent of each scheme was understood and defined.

  • Comment on: Monorail plans drawn up by London borough

    James Cant's comment 10 May, 2019 10:14 am

    Mono rails are for Disneyland and the like. Unfortunately their sheer scarcity world-wide should be some clue as to why something developed in the 1960's has never taken off. Completely agree with PA who posted previously.

  • Comment on: Subsea road tunnels mooted to connect Scottish islands

    James Cant's comment 25 April, 2019 9:58 am

    I assume it's the depth/gradient/landing conditions that necessitate it being 14km

  • Comment on: Amey fined £50M for late replacement of four damaged bollards

    James Cant's comment 12 April, 2019 11:51 am

    Interesting to see a PFI scheme work not-in-favour of the Contractor.
    It could be argued that the collapse of Carillion et al. is down to the public bodies getting better at writing favourable PFI contracts?

    £50m does seem disproportionate for the works in question. I assume that Amey did not simply send a gang out to resolve it because they got too hung up on the contractual small text rather than seeing the bigger picture?

  • Comment on: ‘Critical faults’ force Hammersmith Bridge closure

    James Cant's comment 12 April, 2019 8:25 am

    A not inconsiderable amount of money was spent on the fabled "Garden Bridge". Perhaps there should be more accountability in public office? Whilst it might not be as glamorous to refurbish something rather than build it, surely saving a significant historic structure has merits significantly greater than creating an almost-universally opposed, unnecessary carbuncle over the Thames?

    As an aside, there was a significant lack of critical thought applied in this magazine during the gestation period of said "Garden Bridge"....

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