Engineering and fleet

Seeing Sense

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 09/14/2007 - 15:39

Given the pig's ear that Metronet has made of the stuff it is in charge of already, you'd think that no-one in their right mind would consider giving the bankrupt company any extra responsibilities, wouldn't you?

Fortunately, LUL has finally seen sense and abandoned its plan to transfer Waterloo & City shunting duties to Metronet.

Both RMT and ASLEF can take credit for getting this ludicrous plan shelved.

Crumbling Platforms

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 09/11/2007 - 07:50

Down at Kings Cross, platform 2 is crumbling beneath the feet.

It seems that to avoid raising the nosing stones, and thus save some dosh, Metronet decided to use 8mm tiles, less than half the usual thickness.

Result? Lots of cracked tiles. Reason? PPPrivatisation Puts Profits before safety. Solution? An effective fight to end it.

In-Cab Checks?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sun, 09/09/2007 - 17:26

As management fell over themselves to get the train service running after the Metronet strike was called off, it appears that they may have been prepared to cut some corners when it came to safety standards. Yes, really.

By the end of the strike, a section of track near Plaistow had not been checked for five days - so obviously, trains could not run over it until it was checked.

Protest to Scrap PPP

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 09/08/2007 - 18:19

The Brighton Centre
, Kings Road entrance. Map here.
Called by RMT

After the collapse of Metronet, the RMT ICM Poll of a thousand Londoners has found that 76% of Londoners believe London Underground should be responsible for maintenance.

Next week's TUC Congress will be debating transport, including an amendment from RMT about the Metronet crisis.

In the Money

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sun, 08/05/2007 - 16:51

In case you were wondering how much administrators cost, it is apparently around 750 quid per person per hour (that's their fee, rather than the amount the individuals are actually paid). And there are 45 of them administering Metronet. So, assuming they are on, say, a 35-hour week, that's over a million quid a week being trousered by Metronet's administrators, Ernst & Young.

Protest: Metronet Crisis --> Scrap PPP

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 07/25/2007 - 19:28

As Metronet goes into administration, the abject failure of PPP is laid bare. There's only one solution - re-integrate the Tube under public ownership! Don't let Gordon Brown and Ken Livingstone cook up a deal to re-privatise the infrastructure.

RMT has called a protest at Downing Street on Thursday 26th July (nearest station: Westminster) at 2pm. Be there!

Metronet Crisis

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 07/16/2007 - 20:09

Metronet is all over the news today. The PPP Arbiter has indicated that he will not agree to the Infraco's demand that London Underground pay for its incompetence, and LUL will 'only' have to pay Metronet an additional £121m rather than the £551m it had asked for. That's not a one-off, that's the four-weekly Infrastructure Service Charge.