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Barometer: 2017’s missed targets

30 December 2017

8:30 AM

30 December 2017

8:30 AM

Slipping behind

Some things which were supposed to happen in 2017:

— Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. In 2007 Vincent de Rivaz, chief executive of EDF, said that in 2017 we would be able to cook our Christmas turkeys from electricity generated by the plant. Anyone relying on his promise will have had cold turkey. The latest estimate for completion is 2027.

— Universal Credit. When introduced in 2013, it was intended that the roll-out would be complete by 2017. That has slipped back to 2022, and is in some doubt altogether.

— Electrification of the Gospel Oak to Barking line. Due to be completed in 2017 as part of a Department for Transport scheme announced in 2012. Won’t now be open until spring 2018.

This is an extract from Barometer, in the Christmas issue of the Spectator

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