It looks like the Dublin Metro project will go ahead on the basis that capital city airports must have prestigious rail links to the city centres for the sake of national pride,even if frequent airport coaches running on bus lanes would do.
Given that Metro will go ahead,will the contract be at a fixed price or will it allow costs to spiral upwards on cost plus as happens on many public sector projects? In this regard,a key concern is wage determination. Will contractors and subcontractors be paying depressed market wages now prevalent in construction or will they be forced to pay artificial Celtic Tiger wages on redundant trade union contracts? Brian Cowen claims that lower construction costs will give better value for money on the government's reduced capital spending budget. Is he right?