According to the Herald in February 2023: Ferguson Marine: Ferry fiasco firm costs taxpayer nearly £500m..so far
Try searching for ‘BBC Scotland ferries‘ and you’ll get far more to read than anyone’s sanity would permit.
The total cost of the planned ferry-building is currently estimated by the Scottish Government at £1.4 billion for six major vessels and harbour repairs.
Yesterday, thanks AR for the tip, BBC Business reports:
Delays to HS2 [already 5 years behind] are being considered among other options to curb rising costs, the project’s boss has admitted.
The planned high speed railway which will link London, the Midlands and North of England has long been plagued by cost increases and delays.
Work on the first stretch of HS2, between London and Birmingham, is 40% complete, with 30,000 people working on it.
But the price-tag of the project, which is the biggest of its kind in Europe, has swollen from the £33bn outlined in 2010 to at least £71bn.
One estimate has put its total cost above £100bn.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-64792328
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I suggest folk have a look at the evidence given to the Parliament Committee on transport on 31 Jan 2023 by people who know what they are talking about. I look forward to the results of the inquiry but I bet CalMac nor CMal don’t.
‘.. the price-tag of the project, which is the biggest of its kind in Europe, has swollen from the £33bn outlined in 2010 to at least £71bn.’
And to be clear, based on. re-reading the BBC article, this £71bn (or will it be £100bn) price tag is JUST for the London-Birmingham section.
I think the plans to link this to Leeds have already been scrapped and costs will climb substantially higher when (if) the East Midlands and the north of England (Crewe/Manchester) sections are built.
Often wonder how folk in Middlesbrough, Sunderland, Newcastle, Carlisle feel about Westminster government’s investment in high speed rail infrastructure for the ‘North’ stopping in the ‘northern’ UK city of Manchester?
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If we are talking about the (nok)UK then Newcastle and Sunderland are the major cities of the Midlands. If we are talking about england/briton then they are the major cities of the North.
And if you want to be really pedantic Sunderland’s name is derived from Souther Land by the same entomology as Sutherland in the North of Scotland. i.e. ‘the land to the South’.
Now that would really short circuit a home counties mentality.