Engineering and fleet

Want To Take Over Metronet? Have A Billion Quid.

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...

Protecting Safety, Refusing to Drive

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...

Seeing Sense

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...

Crumbling Platforms

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...

In-Cab Checks?

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...

Protest to Scrap PPP

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...

Protest to Scrap PPP

Scrap the PPP, bring maintenance in-house

Lobby the Department for Transport

Tuesday 4th September 11.30 – 13.00

Great Minster House, 76 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DR (nearest Tube: Westminster or St James Park)

Bring banners & flags

Called by RMT

Mealy-Mouthed Mayor

Ken Livingstone's latest newspaper for Londoners carries an article about the Metronet collapse. On first reading, it is a welcome condemnation of PPP and Metronet's management, but a closer read reveals why we can not trust our fat-cat Mayor.

  • The article tells us that the PPP was opposed by Ken...

In the Money

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...

Protest: Metronet Crisis --> Scrap PPP

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...

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