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The interesting fight will be whether next year's budget expands the scope of the project, or the ALDE nutters manage to kill it in their quest for budgetary religious purity.
Austerity can only be implemented in the shadow of a concentration camp.
Everything else I could find is either agreements made under the previous government, agreements on conducting preliminary studies or agreements on the principle that such expansions should be done at some unspecified future date.
But the latter are not completely cheap talk under the Danish parliamentary tradition. Basically, what we're seeing here is the gradual process of turning the previous government's vague grand design into an operational strategy. This is not unusual procedure for the Danish bureaucracy, and while perhaps slower than one would have wished it ensures that such projects have a certain staying power. It also means that for the next five or so years, you will not see anything in the way of "new-new" projects. What you will see is concrete allocation of funding of various parts of the projects and a firming of the time tables ("everything 'before 2020'" becomes "this bit by 2015, that bit by 2018, and everything else 'before 2020'").
The main impact of differing political priorities will be the rate at which funds are allocated, and the order in which parts of the project are completed. And, of course, the risk of parts or all of the project being scrapped.
Other projects covered by the investment package include procurement of an additional 55 double-deck coaches in 2013-17 to expand the current fleet of 112 vehicles working push-pull commuter and services in Sjaelland...
BTW the article also makes a reference to the IC4 debacle and what was learnt from it. I'm not sure all lessons were learned (like not going for the cheapest offer without reasonable trust in the supplier).
Basically, what we're seeing here is the gradual process of turning the previous government's vague grand design into an operational strategy.
Good. And that beyond the current annual budget, if I am not mistaken.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
The plan does indeed go beyond the 2013-15 annual budgets, and the more concrete it becomes the greater the institutional inertia that will be working in its favour. Though of course nothing is completely certain until the actual budget is passed...
I couldn't find the double-deck coaches in the political agreement - that sounds like an internal DSB decision. I did find nearly DKK 1 bn in light rail, though.
I did find nearly DKK 1 2.2 bn in light rail, though.
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