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Old 01-07-11, 04:22 PM   #1
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Default Forth Road Bridge

The scottish goverment has awarded a contract to a consortium to build the new Forth Road bridge at a cost (currently 1.47bn to 1.62bn).


Now the chinese have just built a bridge,for roughly the same cost as the new forth road bridge.
The 26-mileJiaozhou Bay crossing connects the bustling port city of Qingdao, south-east of Beijing, to the industrial district of Huangdao.
The eight-lane, 35-metre-wide bridge opened to traffic on Thursday morning, China's Xinhua news agency said. Built over a four-year period the project cost about 1.4bn and uses 5,000 pillars. It shortens the driving route between the two locations by about 20 miles.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...tle-years.html
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Old 01-07-11, 04:46 PM   #2
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Whats the chinese minimum salary?
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They also probably won't pay as much for materials, or manufacture them to European codes.
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Old 01-07-11, 05:54 PM   #4
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I bet they don't pay pensions either
And their NHS is a bit basic
And there is their ludicrously rigged exchange rate that means they get everything their own way.
Any opposition goes under a tank in the main square.

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Old 01-07-11, 08:03 PM   #5
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going by the costs for the scottish parliment and now the gayburgh tram fiasco no doubt the cost will triple and it will be the tax payers shelling out again-they should set the cost in stone and enforce that whoever wins the contract must cover any increase in costings over the amount they stated they could complete the job for.
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Old 01-07-11, 08:23 PM   #6
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Bridges are ****ing amazing. 26 miles of span across that river/ sea whatever it is. It's all mind boggling engineering and logistics. Don't care about the money, the achievement is fantastic.
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Old 01-07-11, 08:27 PM   #7
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yup and look at it. 3 lanes on each side and its empty, hows that for forward planning. us on the other hand = crap, overpriced never on budget or time. the rest of the world must laugh at us as i know i do.
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Was thinking of using the existing Forth Road Bridge last Friday going to GM IV, but decided against it 'cos of the weight of my luggage & I dont swim too well in textiles!
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Bridges are ****ing amazing. 26 miles of span across that river/ sea whatever it is. It's all mind boggling engineering and logistics. Don't care about the money, the achievement is fantastic.
It doesn't span 26 miles though. It spans about 20 metres with the odd suspension section so that ships can fit underneath. There is nothing out of the ordinary about the design - how the hell they managed to build it though is another question.
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Old 01-07-11, 09:31 PM   #10
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I get the point of the thread though TBH, and there was always going to be the "well things are much cheaper in China" which they are, but it still costs us several times what it costs the Spanish to build a mile of motorway. Public sector projects in this country are just one great big gravy train for job creation programmes and consultants.
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