"Wow! That's even better than my Hornby Dublo!"
Do you know the one about Stratford International Station in East London? It cost us £210m, was finished in April, but remains closed: not only is its high speed Eurostar line not yet ready, but the regional Eurostar services it was meant to serve may now never happen. And since it's not actually coupled up to the rest of the transport network- Stratford Regional Station is some distance away- it's just sort of standing around.
How about Crossrail? That was the plan to tunnel East-West mainlines under London to relieve congestion, and supposedly to support London's 2012 bid. Since 2001 the government has spent £254m on it, without an inch of tunnel being dug. And given its advertised £16bn pricetag (real world translation £30bn plus), you have to guess a cash-strapped Gordo is not going to press the Go button anytime soon.
And what about trams? When the fatman was "in charge" of Transport one of his fantastickal "promises" was 25 new urban trams systems by 2010. But despite spending £300m, so far we've only got two- and one of them was an extension to an existing system.
The abandoned Stonehenge tunnel, the wildly delayed Thameslink 2000 scheme, the North-South rail project...overall, Labour has spent over £1bn on fantasy transport schemes which have delivered nothing.
PS For a reminder of the costly shambles that ensue when road projects do go ahead, see this blog on the hopeless Highways Agency.