Some­one has to get a grip of these costs

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - OPINION -

An­other week, an­other trans­port scheme run­ning mas­sively over bud­get.

This time it’s the elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of the rail line be­tween Ed­in­burgh and Glas­gow.

So far, the much-vaunted project is run­ning late and al­ready £100 mil­lion over bud­get. Only the £100 mil­lion, mind.

Most peo­ple will un­der­stand that schemes such as these can be com­plex and fraught with dif­fi­cul­ties.

But it’s not the first time that we have seen pub­lic con­tracts run up ex­tor­tion­ate costs. Re­mem­ber Ed­in­burgh’s trams fi­asco? The in­quiry into that sham­bles re­vealed how no one ap­peared to have a grip on the project.

We hope, in this case, that some­one, some­where, is tak­ing a grip given that it is tax­pay­ers’ money at stake.

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