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Examination of Witnesses

Part of High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:30 pm on 11th July 2013.

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Steven Hayter: I think yes. There is certainly a nervousness reflected among parliamentarians and the media, especially. The civil engineering industry and the railway industry have shown in the past 10 to 20 years that large major projects can be planned, constructed and maintained much more efficiently than previously, to time and to budget. You mentioned the Olympics, and that has to be a prime exemplar of that new way forward. We have to emphasise and make information available to the public to try to give them more confidence that the structures and our professions can deliver to a prescribed time scale and cost.