The delivery of several major government projects including High Speed 2 (HS2) are “in doubt”, a report has concluded.
HS2, the Great Western route modernisation, the Lower Thames Crossing and East West Rail were all given amber delivery confidence ratings, meaning that completion of the project is in doubt unless “urgent action” is taken, said the Infrastructure & Projects Authority.
Projects that were given a red rating, indicating that successful delivery of the project appears unachievable, include the Intercity Express Programme and the construction of an M20 lorry area.
A red rating suggests that there are major issues which “at this stage do not appear to be manageable or resolvable”.
Consulting firm RSM partner Andy Murray said: “With Parliamentary and departmental time diverted toward managing the Brexit process, it is hoped that time is not being taken away from much-needed strategic infrastructure and projects.”
Thirty one projects in the government’s major projects portfolio fall within the infrastructure and construction category, with a combined whole life cost of £196bn.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has the second highest number of projects in the pipeline. The number of projects has remained “relatively stable” over the past year but whole life costs have increased by a third, says the report.
New Civil Engineer has contacted HS2, Network Rail, Highways England, the East West Rail consortium and DfT for comment.
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