It’s all too fashionable to criticise failed and failing public sector projects and yes, okay, I’ll put my hand up!
So let’s take a moment to celebrate a trumph: a Government project that has come in on schedule, within budget, and to praise ofr its technical accomplishments.
The £371m road scheme is intended to eliminate a notorious congestion hotspot on the A3, at Hindhead, and will restore the spectacular Devil’s Punchbowl and Hindhead Common as a single unified site of natural beauty and recreational amenity. This is an internationally prized area of countryside and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
I will declare an interest: my wife and I decided to live where we did and avoid another great town, because of the delays cause travelling the A3 between London and its southern end – despite predicting that the tunnel would drive up property values due to the reduced journey times to London. My second interest is that we have enjoyed the Devil’s Punchbowl as a gentle walking location.
The BBC has a couple of nice videos of the tunnel – from inside and above – and some inevitable quotes from Philip Hammond – Transport secretary.
The “so what?”
There isn’t anything available yet about how the project team evaluate this project, but I shall be looking out for more information. In the meantime, let’s put their success down to good project management, risk management and project leadership – and all that those terms can mean!