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Exclusive | HS2 London stations losers ponder challenge


HS2 "management" (and I use that term loosely) can't even run a transparent, rigorous and robust tendering process, the outcome of which bidders can accept without challenge. So what hope is there that they will be able to actually deliver a useless, flawed vanity project to program and budget? NONE. Crossrail will be £2+ Billion over budget and 2+ years late on a £15 Billion, 7 year program and HS2 cannot hope to out-turn any better. So 15% cost over-run and 30% time over-run. At a REAL budget of £100+ for HS2 that would be at least £115 Billion and at least 15 years if this ridiculous project really does go ahead. It must be scrapped NOW. As the NCE has said (at long last!), "pick a number, any number". Exactly. The HS2 clowns have absolutely no idea how to deliver it , how much it would cost and how long it would take to get it running properly. How can the government commit such a vast amount of money to a project without any robust business case, other than "it will provide jobs and economic development"? It's complete madness. Provision of jobs should be the by-product of a good project supported by good, provable economic data, not the target in itself. If that really is the main criterion, then any old rubbish project will do. Oh yes, it's called HS2.

Posted date

11 February, 2019

Posted time

8:41 am