More public money down a black hole

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by bobath, Feb 7, 2008.

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  1. Jesus, here we go, the first of many
  2. A PFI project costing the public purse more than a public sector solution? Well, who'd ha' thunk it?

    Anyone with half a brain or anyone who's ever had a credit card, that's who.
  3. Unknown_Quantity

    Unknown_Quantity War Hero Moderator

    I'll play devils advocate and try and add a bit of balance to this.

    I suspect you mean the first of many examples of poor financial management by the Government and Civil Service, and not the first of many woeful stories of the London commuting experience. This would be right since nothing apart from an almost literal bottomless pit of money will solve the tubes problems. IE:

    100+ year old infrastructure,
    Greedy and militant workforce,
    decrepid track and signal equipment,
    large amounts of the Thames seeping into the tunnels,
    disintegrating brickwork in the tunnels,
    over heating every rush hour,
    over crowding.
    incredibly tight safety proceedures
    The RMT
    No competition (not a hinderance, but not exactly a reason to do better)

    Whatever happened, or will happen, the tube will never be a great service unless someone is being bent over and reemed for all the cash they have.

    In the mean time, with over 970,000,000 journeys per year, it is worth asking 'what are we willing to pay to keep this working?'. There is no cheap way to do this.

    That's the balance done, in your own time, carry on.
  4. Ahh, yes, but that's after a stunning £6 - 8 Billion "investment" by Neu Labour, just think how much better the tube will be after a few more billion. Overheating solved by liquid cooling, along with overcrowding ;-)