The account of the latest investigations sounds reassuring. But, as usual, there are glaring omissions (what did they actually find?) and distortions (the tunnel will avoid “important archaeological sites” (of course it will, it will be 40 m deep! But why no mention of a mile of new approach roads on the surface?!)

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Not that the potential contractors are so coy. It’s reported they are nervous about “the archaeology risk.” That risk is twofold: when archaeology is found there will be unpaid delays while it is recorded and then when it’s finally bulldozed away huge negative publicity will fall on the hapless contractors!