Transport infrastructure investment has been used as a crude tool in response to the economic downturn resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic. More engineering construction work has been loaded into an already crowded market, with larger projects in greater numbers than ever. Even before transport infrastructure was deployed for this task, governments were failing to deal with the most pressing problems in infrastructure delivery: overly politicised project selection, a failure to learn from history and the continual reach for megaprojects as a first resort.
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