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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.

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Report: 32 flagship projects may never happen

More than 30 of the coalition's flagship projects, including the HS2 rail link and the Universal Credit system, are at risk of never come to fruition, according to a government report.

A section of a new Royal Navy aircraft carrier is transported through the Firth of Forth Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The Major Projects Authority (MPA) was set up in 2010 to help governments deliver on large projects, and its annual report rates progress using a 'traffic light' system.

Its latest report gives a 'red light' to the construction of two £7 billion aircraft carriers and the West Coast Main Line scheme, among six other schemes.

Some 23 other projects, which include the HS2 high-speed rail network and Universal Credit, were given Amber/red ratings, meaning that urgent action is required.

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