Engineering and fleet

Want To Take Over Metronet? Have A Billion Quid.

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sun, 30/09/2007 - 19:26

The PPP Arbiter (excuse us, but who elected you?!) has ruled that TfL can be held liable for half of Metronet's overspend, and therefore any new bidder for the Infraco contracts can expect a £1bn handout from TfL. This simultaneously makes it harder for TfL to make its bid, and far easier and more attractive to the private sector.

Protecting Safety, Refusing to Drive

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 15/09/2007 - 09:08

Wednesday on the Central line saw more evidence of the failures of Metronet - but also an inspiring example of Tube workers acting to defend their own and passengers' safety.

At 9am, an eastbound train became defective at Holland Park. After initially fearing a possible derailment, it then became clear what had actually happened: the negative shoe gear had fallen off, caused by split pins, which lock the nuts in place, not being replaced properly during Tuesday's maintenance. The ERU later found the EPBU cover and negative shoe lying on the track.

Seeing Sense

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 14/09/2007 - 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.

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, 08/09/2007 - 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, 05/08/2007 - 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, 25/07/2007 - 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!

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