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Crossrail delays caused by desire to cling to ‘unrealistic’ timeframe

Team made choices that damaged public value, says National Audit Office report. Crossrail was driven over its budget and schedule because its management team clung to an unrealistic opening date, according to a National Audit Office report into the delayed transport project.

HS2 coupled with £700m pension risk, Stagecoach warns bidders [subscription]

The government is demanding that bidders to run the trains on HS2 take on potential workforce pension liabilities of nearly £700 million, Stagecoach says.

ScotRail punctuality up for fifth time in six months

ScotRail passengers have seen punctuality improve for the fifth time in the last six months, new figures showed today.

Friday, 03 May 2019

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  • Bombardier leaves staff up in the air [Subscription]Things are looking up: a big story out of Northern Ireland and no mention of the backstop. And guess what? It’s still a political nightmare for Theresa May — news that Bombardier is hoisting the for-sale sign over its Belfast aircraft wing-making factory, putting 4,000 jobs at risk.

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  • Heathrow expansion is bad for the environment, bad for the economy, and a social injustice [subscription]he legal decision to permit the continuation of plans for a third runway at Heathrow – and the original plan itself – is utter madness. It will be regarded as the worst decision ever made by the Department for Transport (DfT), and cannot justifiably go ahead if politicians are committed to the climate emergency declarations and the zero carbon 2050 recommendation from the Committee on Climate Change announced this morning. In the meantime, while we wait for what seems like its inevitable cancellation, billions of pounds of taxpayer’s money is being wasted.

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