It might seem a daft question, but what's the point of the construction industry?
Is it to generate employment and create wealth for those who earn their living by it, or is it to provide buildings and structures that preserve and promote the wellbeing and prosperity of society in general?
The answer, of course, is both - you can’t really expect to have one without the other.
But you will seldom read opinions in this magazine criticising, say, HS2 or Hinkley Point C, despite powerful arguments from many outside construction that these schemes will cost us dear and won’t deliver their supposed benefits. So why is that?
And why does the Civil Engineering Contractors Association defend the DfT’s blatant disregard for safety concerns raised by the transport select committee over the conversion of motorway hard shoulders into running lanes? Is it because CECA really thinks that all-lane running schemes are safer? Or is it because its members want the business?
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