There is an alternate thread on here which questions the project from the start including the benefits. From an outsider on this project but not on others again the network has been crippled by idiots who manage scope. What should have been an opportunity to sell benefits of uplifts has now begun to turn sour.Calling people idiots is a tad harsh. I'm sure there isn't a single idiot among them. Some of them may be out of their depth and / or not understand the issues but that does not make them idiots.
The biggest problem with scope change / reduction on projects like this is Government. They control the purse strings, love making big announcements for the press but go to jelly when it comes to stumping up the requisite $$$ to do the job properly. RRL is a classic example of that if you care to read the history of that project it gives great insight into how scope reduction and penny pinching can devalue and derail a good idea.
And then there is you and I, the taxpayers who as @woodford so often reminds us want to live a champagne lifestyle on a light beer budget. ie we don't want to pay the taxes required to fund services.
MBS is a great project designed to help our agricultural exports remain competitive. Agriculture has really stepped up to do the heavy lifting in the economy aided by the same free trade agreements that have helped to kill manufacturing.
They need projects like MBS and they need them to be done well not half arsed.
Not disagreeing with the need of the project, there is due concern to the efficiency of those governing and delivering the scope. Where is the accountability?
Having seen the levels of bureaucracy in combination with on overdose of Victorian ego, the probability of a good result is not good. Just imagine Utopia (the show), only with three more layers of department and real ego aggression in the relationships - that's where the reality is. Its not conducive of smart and innovative solutions at efficient cost.
The results thus far are most underwhelming. Delivered late, chronic speed restrictions, unfinished, key aspects of asset life extension/care not addressed. So far its been a high cost exercise in the delivery of mediocrity. Yet who is accountable?
As for the project goals, as it currently stands the run-time and run-time reliability from Mildura to Melbourne has blown out by how far? There is noting of note to celebrate, especially when one considers cost and resulting performance.
Unfortunately, this is Victoria. I don't see any revolutionary leadership filtering through the ranks as a point of future inspiration.