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A lesson plan to stop transport projects going off the rails

What can be done to tackle the chronic problems of major transport projects going over budget and missing delivery dates? The DfT and the Infrastructure and Projects Authority think they have some answers. Andrew Forster reports

Andrew Forster
10 May 2019
Project leaders should own up to problems, says the DfT, rather than try and hide them, as has happened with Crossrail


There have been plenty of transport project delivery disasters in recent years. Most of the really big ones have affected rail schemes, for instance: the delay and cost overruns to Crossrail; last year’s new timetable meltdowns on Northern and Thameslink; the mushrooming cost and delays to Great Western railway electrification; the unravelling of Network Rail’s enhancement programme; and, going back a little further to 2012, the collapse of the DfT’s West Coast Main Line...

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