Comment on: How to avoid Crossrail-style setbacks
Surely the eyes and ears of these head honchos should have been telling them there was a major problem.. You don’t need a report to tell you that you’re running behind: get your overalls on, get on site and go have a look. If you’re not astute or experienced enough to spot the issues, call out reporting errors and then challenge your contractor then you’re in the wrong job.
Comment on: Call to 'ditch outdated HS2 for Hyperloop'
He's an economist. Enough said
It all sounds like a great excuse to go on a jolly to Dubai/Taipei/New York City
Comment on: MPs' damning verdict on rail electrification
Yes there has been mismanagement, but don't be too quick to stick the boot in. It's easy to look in from the outside and sling mud without fully appreciating the situation. There is huge political pressure to agree to impossible programme targets and budgets. It takes a very strong individual to push back on thats sort of pressure from the outset in the current political climate. There a is general lack of understanding amongst politicians and the public on just what it takes to deliver major infrastructure projects, upgrading a Victorian railway while keeping services operational. All while NR are still recovering from the dysfunctional structure imposed post-privatisation. All the planning and consents issues that just seem to get more and more onerous. Also while dealing with massive skill shortages which continue to get worse...delivering large projects in the UK these days is like trying to run with one arm and one leg cut off.
Comment on: Civils firms enter Brexit debate
Economy, peace , security. Like we've been doing really well at that for the past 20 years ...