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Surely inflation alone means delays cost more?Whilst this 'delay' is being done to flatten the cost to the treasury, it really needs to be accompanied by a new cost benefit analysis based on a re-estimated total cost. This work must have been done to justify the decision, and for a project this size - which from the outside looks to be spiraling out of control scope/schedule/price wise - needs to be published.
It would be interesting if there’s any response from Hitachi Rail who have invested quite a bit to supply circa 432 trains. Initially due to be running by 2029 but now departure truly unknown.