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Recourse to NEC is inevitable

NCE received an avalanche of letters following its extensive coverage of the Heathrow Express trial last week.

Roger Dobson has defended the NEC on the grounds that good teamwork should mean that recourse to the contract is unnecessary but, at the same time, he argues that the NEC is a handbook of project management. Not only are these statements inconsistent, they do not address the point that Sir Alan Muir Wood is making, that the project management practices defined in the NEC are themselves inappropriate for tunnelling. Recourse to the 'bottom drawer' aspects of the contract therefore seems inevitable if the NEC is used for this purpose.

R J Johnson (M), Rookery Farmhouse, Woolton Hill, Newbury, Berkshire RG20 9XP

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