Thousands of passengers stranded as power failure closes East Coast Main Line 'indefinitely'
The amount of shite that's been submitted, even with just 68 comments so far, is staggering. Look at it all! It's all the Government's fault/ get steam engines to replace those namby pamby modern electric ones/ "third world country"/ greedy Labour councils and their highest taxes in the world. This is my favourite:
I don't believe tha it has been said here, but the problem is not the train operators on the KX - Petreborough problems. It is National Rail, wholly owned by us following the Railtrack debacle. Further problem is National Rail either will not, or cannot plan ahead and introduce reliable technology. Why? Because its engineers are usually ignored by its contracting and procurement departments, and related politicians, very similar to the Ministry of Defence, actually. All politicised civil service based.
Then we have East Coast itself. Handed back to the government becasue civil servants would not negotiate with the previous private franchis holder. Now run by civil servants.
To say that all of this was a disaster in waiting would be an understatement. But it was a disaster created, honed and delivered in Whitehall by 13 years of Labour misdirection of funds.
- Tom, Bedfordshire, 21/12/2010 17:30
That's right... it's not the bad weather... it's the civil servants whodunnit!
And of course nothing to do with the fragmented mess that privatisation created or anything, or the pretty crap way Network Rail has been run since the Railtrack had to be taken back under government control. Let's also not forget that Railtrack was taken away from the private sector because they prioritized saving money over safety and people died as a result.
British Rail was crap as far as I can remember too, but wasn't that due to decades of underfunding and major mistakes like Dr Beeching's cull in the 60s?