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Foibles, hand-wringing, and botching

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For outside investors, including the Chinese, the foibles of the UK system – which usually consists of much hand-wringing, followed by botched compromises that lead to overspending, delays and sub-standard systems – could make HS2 a far less smooth and efficient ride than they might be expecting, wrote Adam Skuse (Global Times, 13 Feb 2014).

[‘British train project on fast track to controversy‘, Adam Skuse]

The government has also made some highly questionable appointments, including naming the man who oversaw a calamitous attempt at upgrading the National Health Service’s IT system as a director of HS2.

At the same time, as is traditional among large government projects in the UK, consultants are already lining their pockets, with some estimates putting spending on consultants at 500 million pounds by 2016.

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Written by beleben

March 11, 2014 at 10:29 am

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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