UK alternative to Galileo satnav system fails to clear the launch pad

The UK government has finally decided to abandon its plan to build and deploy its own satellite system as an alternative to Galileo. However, the UK will continue to study “…more innovative ideas of delivering global satnav and secure satellite services…” without specifying what these might be. However, it is difficult to see how the UK can meet dual requirements of “…a robust and secure satellite navigation system…” and value for money.
Guess on can assume this vanity project will take a few more turns in the form of studies and £mn wasted. Thereafter, the time will be right for the UK to ask the EU / Galileo about rejoining. Norway providing a reference model.
Anyway, I find this interesting as it is a real time case study of “reinventing the wheel”, showing how governments are keeping consultants busy, delivering nothing of real value.

Hendy review to look at feasibility of Scotland to Northern Ireland bridge

So Network Rail’s chair Sir Peter Hendy has been asked by UK Government to have a fresh look at the Scotland to Northern Ireland bridge. One might see this as another distraction – did we not see something similar with the Estuary Airport and the so-called Garden Bridge in London, both promoted by the Prime Minister.

Is there not better ways of creating regeneration and economic growth than sending £billions on a bridge? It carried a £20bn price tag last year, and guess applying standard optimism bias this might easily be £40-£50bn and counting.

To me the idea seems to show a lack of creative thinking. Improved land connectivity is important, but at what cost? And one should not forget that the government is currently engaged in reducing the UK’s connectivity to a whole continent. So is connectivity actually valued that highly!

I suspect the only winners here are transport consultants…but guess they also need to survive…and, of course, I would love to work on this study as it is rather fascinating (smile).