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WCML costs row continues

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THE STRATEGIC Rail Authority this week maintained its battle with Rail regulator Tom Winsor over the cost and programming of the West Coast Main Line (WCML) project by refusing to delay work at Trent Valley and Rugby (NCE 8 January).

Winsor believes that £600M could be saved if completion of the Trent Valley capacity enhancement work and Rugby Station remodelling was delayed by a year until 2009.

But the SRA this week insisted that deferring or pausing any parts of the project could actually lead to costs going up. It is currently fine-tuning the WCML scheme as it believes it can make savings without deferring the Trent Valley and Rugby work.

The WCML project was originally priced at £13bn but has now been shaved down to £8.5bn.

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