'"You don't hear about the thousands or hundreds of thousands of other areas that have gone incredibly well'..the cynic inside me does ask what these might be. I keep getting visions of the ill-fated Beagle mission.
They have to keep themselves in a job, not a great CV entry under skills "Helped create a Large Hadron Collider" Still they're not alone in this wheeze. During the recent Snow the Council employed their resident "Contractor" to hurtle round the streets with JCB's.They cleverly wrecked a large proportion of kerbing in their zeal. Now they can spend the Summer bodging them back up until next time.
I heard an interview where a guy from CERN said a 4 month maitenance per year was normal for all their colliders etc, and the plan was to join two lots of maintenance tgether and make it last for two years.