More than a quarter of major spending projects at risk

The Major Projects Authority assessed 191 spending programmes and rated them according to its 'traffic light' system:

Chart showing how major government spending programmes are rated on the 'traffic light' system
Chart showing how major government spending programmes are rated on the 'traffic light' system Credit: Major Projects Authority

Projects rated 'red' means that “successful delivery of the project appears to be unachievable,” while red/amber means that “successful delivery of the project is in doubt" and "urgent action is needed".

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Govt flagship projects at risk

An annual report on the progress of the government's largest projects has warned that 32 of them may never come to fruition. The Universal Credit system and West Coast Main Line are among those projects that come in for criticism.