The UK’s first tram-train scheme is an example of “how not to” manage a rail project, according to the head of a Commons committee.
Meg Hillier, chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), said “unrealistic costings” went unchallenged and doubts remain over whether the pilot will improve the delivery of similar programmes.
Tram-trains were due to begin running on street tracks and railway lines between Sheffield and Rotherham in December 2015, but the work is at least two-and-a-half years behind schedule.
It is intended to be a pilot scheme to test the concept for possible wider roll-out across the UK to reinvigorate under-used rail lines, improve access to city centres and release capacity at mainline stations.
Modification of the national rail network is part-funded by the Government and managed by Network Rail.
Wasted millions: Watchdog hits out at lack of spending controls on Yorkshire transport schemes
The Government was told today to review the way it manages major infrastructure projects after an influential committee revealed how two major Yorkshire schemes had been blighted by a lack of controls on spending.
The chair of the Public Accounts Committee issued the warning as it published two damning reports on the running of the Sheffield to Rotherham tram-train scheme and the government-owned High Speed 2 Limited company.