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Sadly, it's the same the world over. A lot of the work that happened on UK railways was similarly idiotic and corrupt, right up until trains started falling off tracks.

I remember Tony Blair seemed genuinely surprised and affronted that he might be held responsible for the crap state of the national rail infrastructure.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Dec 21st, 2014 at 01:54:33 PM EST
For the record, I have no doubt that the end state of the station renewal will be a vast improvement compared to the state before the renewal, if and when it's finished: idiotic and corrupt, but trains actually have an improved ride. Most of my gripes aren't with what we get but how we get there, and other than that: a low-quality platform roof that may become leaky in a few years or an entrance-level platform that may become bumpy due to differential ground settlement is still better than none at all, and water pockets aren't a new problem (even if not tackling them when there is opportunity is a criminal act of senseless cost-saving).

Then again, today was the first day I boarded a train rather than got off one there since the full-capacity opening, and I had to notice another major deficiency: there are no passenger information displays on the platforms or in the underpass (I couldn't even find potential holders/cable sockets for future installation). The result: several passengers roaming around confused.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Dec 22nd, 2014 at 12:24:38 PM EST
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