There is a really good thesis in this for someone. i.e. The design of monitoring controls and late penalties for cowboy contractors and egotisitical ministers.
A review of The Dept of Transport website press releases will reveal headings 1997-02 Mary O'Rouke Says.. MO'R Says.... M'O'R says
Is this Fiasco getting any clearer.
On a recent visit to The Dept of Tourism Site it starts with John O'Donaghue Says...
As they say you get the public services you vote for.
In Singapore they have just opened the folowing last August
INAUGURATION OF SINGAPORE'S NORTH EAST LINE AUTOMATIC METROSingapore's North East metro line was today inaugurated by Singapore Deputy Prime Minister, M. Lee Hsien Loong, in the presence of the Land Transport Authority (LTA) Chairman, M. Michael Lim, and M. Patrick Kron, Chairman and CEO of ALSTOM.The new 20-km underground line, the first automatic metro line in Singapore, comprises 16 stations. The contracts for the fully automatic train control system and the 25 x 6 car trainsets were awarded to ALSTOM in 1997 and 1998 respectively.The fully automatic metro system, the largest in the world in terms of passenger capacity, has been in passenger service since 20th June 2003. It has been described as the 'way to go' for public transportation by Hans Rat, secretary general of UITP, the international association of public transport. In a statement, the association predicted that more and more cities worldwide will follow Singapore's recent example.In just over two months of service, the highly complex system has been running smoothly with a level of reliability of 99.5%, 97% schedule adherence within 2 minutes, and an average 150,000 passengers per day.