PPP – a great idea and no mishtake!
July 5, 2007
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Metronet have fucked up again then, it seems. How the hell can a roll of tarpaulin be so badly stored that it falls onto the track? Or a sheet of corrugated metal? A metal toolbox? Or a friggin’ water butt?! According to the Grauniad this is the fifth derailment in five years – but back then I seem to recall a spate of them culminating in that accident at Camden (what were the others now… ah, Chancery Lane, Hammersmith and White City – thank you Wikipedia). Looking through that Wiki list, there hasn’t been this many derailments in such a short space of time, ever. And ooo, would you look at that, they all happened once the PPP agreement came in. OK, so the Chancery Lane crash probably can’t be attributed to them, happening so soon after the start and all, but it does make me stop and do a spot of chin stroking.
And then you add in the fiasco of the District, Piccadilly and Hammersmith and City rails not being properly altered for the hot weather, and all the various ‘late running engineering works’ which I swear never happened before. (Really. The first time I ever heard the reason for the morning rush hour nightmare delays being caused by ‘late running/finishing engineering works’ I nearly spat out my breakfast in surprise.) And shall we go into Metronet billing London Underground £1bn for overspend? Actually, let’s not, I might cry…
Cheers, Gordon, for lumbering London with this shit.