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By bluebellnutter
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Arnold wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:40 am
I may be missing something obvious, but if the new timetable is crap, why not reinstate the old one instead of adopting an interim one with fewer trains?
Because of the knock-on impacts to other operators. As part of the moves almost every other operator has had to change the timings of trains, with knock-on effects to shift patterns / stock availability and location etc.

Take Northern. Their changes will have meant changes to Virgin West Coast at Manchester, Liverpool and potentially every station up into Scotland. East Coast will have had to reschedule at Peterborough to accommodate Thameslink, Cross Country and East Anglia for Cambridge. These knock on effects might then influence other operators too.
By The Red Arrow
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Privatise the profit, nationalise the debt. Sounds familiar.

By Boiler
Grayling trying to steer the attention away from Johnson and onto Corbyn this morning, and getting (eventually) slapped down by Mishal Husain for it.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bf4cjt - the interview starts at 2:10:12 in.

The diversionary tactics start at 2:20:10.
By Big Arnold
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London Crossrail opening postponed until autumn next year

Spokesman for £15bn project says it will miss its planned December opening date
Critics accused the government of smuggling out bad news before the return of parliament – and questioned why Crossrail executives had been rewarded with new jobs.

Andrew Adonis, the former chair of the national infrastructure commission, said: “It’s clearly a further massive catastrophe for Chris Grayling, who didn’t say a word in public about the scale of the crisis. He himself moved Sir Terry Morgan to be chair of HS2 and that was soon after Andrew Wolstenholme, the chief executive, left.

“The biggest infrastructure project in Europe, in a state of crisis, lost both its leaders with Grayling being Awol throughout. To me it’s utterly inexplicable. How can it give anyone confidence that HS2 will be delivered?”

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/201 ... -next-year
By Big Arnold
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[quote]Crossrail now delayed to 2020 and to cost another £2bn[/quote]

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/201 ... -shortfall

That's two DUP bribes.
Last edited by Big Arnold on Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:03 pm, edited 2 times in total.
By Bones McCoy
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Grayling claim Brexit block could boost far right is 'gutter politics'

MPs accuse transport secretary of dangerous scaremongering in attempt to prop up PM’s deal

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/20 ... -far-right
By Abernathy
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Gutter politics indeed. Transparently, by warning of violence in response to a measured and rational decision to hold a final say referendum, or even as a result of same to cancel the Brexit madness, Grayling is tacitly and cynically suggesting to putative Thomas Mairs out there that it is something they might like to consider.

It's as if he's saying, gangster-like : "Beautiful house you have here. Be a shame if anything was to happen to it....."
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