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OU on the BBC: The Bottom Line – Planning for the future

Updated Thursday, 7th November 2013

Infrastructure projects can take decades to complete. How do you plan for the future?

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Motorway construction in Shenzhen, China Creative commons image Icon New airport highway construction Shenzhen China / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 under Creative-Commons license Infrastructure projects can take decades to complete and are meant to last for generations.

Planning for new rail networks, roads, bridges, airports—in the UK and overseas—all require assumptions and predictions about the future.

What shape will the country's economy be in? Will the population grow or shrink? How might travel patterns change? And will the political regimes support the project over the years?

Evan Davis and guests discuss the problems and pitfalls of planning for the long view.

This week's guests:

  • Alison Munro, CEO, HS2
  • Tushar Prabhu, co-owner, Pell Frischmann
  • Richard Deakin, CEO, NATS

Listen to The Bottom Line

You can listen to this episode of The Bottom Line on Thursday 7 November at 8:30pm on BBC Radio 4. More information, including details of repeats and a link to listen again, can be found on the BBC website.





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