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Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Thursday, December 17, 2009

Motorway construction breakdown

Poland has cancelled its contract with the Austrian company Alpine Bau for part of a motorway leading to the Czech Republic because it failed to honour construction schedules. This will have dire consequences for Polish drivers, warns the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza: "It may be that history will have to decide whether this was the correct choice. ... But with or without a court decision, Polish drivers have already lost. The short section of motorway leading to the Czech border will now open around two years later than planned, in April 2012. Did the ministry of transport not know of these catastrophic delays just a month ago when it was busy patting itself on the shoulder for its successes? And are the construction deadlines for further motorways at all realistic?"

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