Machiavellian tunnelling

Flyvbjerg, Bent (2003) Machiavellian tunnelling. World Tunnelling. p. 43.

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When the Warnow tunnel concession (see this issue of World Tunnelling, p 65 et seq.) was awarded, it soon emerged that the traffic forecasts had to be corrected to include user charges. Once that correction had been made, it was clear the project needed substantial public subsidies. The project was in limbo, until the German Ministry of Transport finally bailed it out. Public-private partnerships will run into difficulties if the roles of public and private investors are not clearly defined from the start. There is an astonishing level of misinformation and deception in the preparation of major construction projects. With my colleagues Nils Bruzelius and Werner Rothengatter, I have surveyed several hundred projects in more than twenty countries, and we have found an unhealthy pattern in operation for large public works: put simply, the ‘survival of the unfittest’.

Item Type: Article
Subject(s): Project management
Centre: BT Centre for Major Programme Management
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2011 13:53
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:05

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