having to fork out more money that was originally forecast, the
National Audit Office (NAO) report added.
the project, which will eventually provide a fast link for Eurostar
trains between London and the Channel Tunnel at Folkestone in Kent.
And House of Commons Public Accounts Committee chairman Edward
Leigh said the scheme, although 'bold and prestigious', needed careful watching by the Department for Transport.
Built by London and Continental Railways (LCR), the first section
of the link - from Folkestone to north Kent - was completed in
September 2003 and the second, and final, section from north Kent to
St Pancras in north London will be completed in 2007.
Part of the link will be used to speed spectators from central
London to the 2012 Olympics in east London.