Cologne, and one year after two people lost their lives when the city’s archive collapsed in on a metro construction site, an expensive investigation into what happened is on-going.
The underground rail system is still being built but with allegations of theft, mismanagement and a systemic lack of controls, the scheme is being questioned by locals.
One resident complained: “For what all this has cost we could have taken the bus for more than 100 years for same amount.”
Disquiet was added to when last January it became known that workers had stolen steel rods that were supposed to prop up the foundations, has shocked many.
Both the public transport operator KVB and the construction firm Bilfinger Berger have launched their own investigations but the project has now become a by-word for cover-ups and sloppy workmanship.