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Letter: Try a fixed price.

Byline: DJ Foulis

SO, YET another grand plan fo r the city bites the dust.

I fully understand the Government can't give "open-ended" financial commitments to such schemes. Also that the local authorities can't either, although the pounds 25m support from them seems prudent.

What I don't understand, is where is the contractor in all of this? Why don't Merseytram go out to tender on a fixed price contract basis? The pounds 25m can be a fund to deal with any very unusual contingencies, and should not need to be used as such matters are usually coped with by a "contingency fund" within a fixed price contract.

Much of the reason fo r "contingency" must now have been discovered during the preparatory work that has so far been undertaken.

So I say to our two councils, have another go at getting the trams back on track, but do it in the same way as most private firms do, on a fixed price basis

DJ Foulis, Liverpool 12
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 1, 2005
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