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Letters to the editor: Issue 557 29 Oct 2010

Mersey Gateway: a textbook case of bad policy-making

Alan Wenban-Smith, Urban & Regional Policy, Birmingham B13

Last week I was a witness at a session of the House of Commons transport select committee inquiry into transport and the economy. All sides (political and expert) seemed agreed that a decent system of appraisal is a vital bulwark against ‘pet schemes’ being peddled for political advantage (the Humber Bridge may have been mentioned). And while we may disagree about appraisal methods, all agreed that their testing at Public Inquiries is a crucial safeguard.

How odd then that the very...

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