Critical examination of the planning of mega urban transportation projects - What lessons from the channel tunnel rail link?

All authors:
Wright, P., Dimitrou, H., Ward, J.
Host organisation: CoE London, UK
Country: United Kingdom
Publication year: 2010
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Research theme: Policy and Planning
project planning, project appraisal , project delivery, MUTPs, decision making
This paper presents the findings from the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) case study, one of 30 such studies undertaken as part of the OMEGA Centre's International study which aims to identify 'What constitutes a successful Mega Urban Transport Project”. The paper introduces the overall research questions and hypotheses that the OMEGA programme seeks to address and explains how these are reflected in the data collection and analysis methodologies employed by the OMEGA Centre (CoE) and it's nine International Partners. The paper summarizes key insights from the CTRL study using data collected from primary and secondary data sources. The project profile is used as a repository of secondary data compiled by the centre and partners for each of their case studies. The project profile seeks to indentify, amongst others, the publically stated project objectives, the projects planning and evaluation processes, a timeline of key events, and details on the projects costs, completion times and financing. The primary data was collected via both pre-hypothesis and hypothesis led interviews with key stakeholders who played a significant role in helping to mould various aspects of the CTRL. The pre-hypothesis questionnaire comprises a series of open ended questions to elicit stories from stakeholders unconfined by prior hypotheses, whilst the hypothesis led questionnaire follows a more traditional interview methodology to test a series of hypothesis related to the planning, appraisal and delivery of the CTRL. Finally, the paper illustrates the process by which the above data is combined to enable subsequent sensemaking of patterns of knowledge to evaluate the CTRLs performance against both initial and emergent objectives, C21st sustainable development challenges, and the treatment of risk, uncertainty and complexity and context in decision making. This section includes the CTRLs projects responses to the OMEGA projects overall research questions in the form of both generic and context specific lessons for Mega Urban Transport Project professionals.
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