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What else will be axed to pay for HS2?

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An explosive leaked document exposes how a national lack of funding has forced Britain’s rail bosses to cancel a vast array of track upgrades in a bid to save millions of pounds, The Independent reported.

[UK rail passengers ‘endangered’ by biggest spending cuts since 2008 financial crash, Joe Watts, Andy Grice, The Independent, 31 March 2017]

The scale of axed projects has led to serious concerns over track safety and also threatens devastating consequences for the rail industry with contractors “hardest hit”.

But it is only the latest blow in a broader darkening picture for Britain’s public services – with the NHS effectively ditching operation waiting time targets, defence chiefs considering downsizing the Royal Marines and schools facing the deepest cuts since the 1980s.

The Independent was passed a letter penned by senior Network Rail official Ben Brooks in which he soberly sets out the “testing times” up to 2019, the remainder of the organisation’s “control period 5”.

Mr Brooks wrote: “Because of significant overspends in some areas, including some enhancement schemes and the fact that the routes are more expensive to run than predicted, there is simply not enough money left in CP5 to continue as we have been.
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He adds: “The last time the track renewals industry had a cost challenge of this magnitude, 7-8 years ago, the supply chain suffered massively (we lost a principal contractor and many second tier suppliers)… this is going to be a tough couple of years for the whole industry.”

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Written by beleben

March 31, 2017 at 5:45 pm

Posted in HS2, Politics

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  1. The sequence of a well run project – scope, plan, execute seem to be completely reversed for both HS2 and Brexit – committing to a project and them realising you still need to revise, or even deliver the plans for key parts of the scheme.

    DH

    April 1, 2017 at 2:07 am


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