Post by firstname.lastname@example.org
On Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:46:35 -0700 (PDT)
TfL seem to have a very bad record with bus stations - they design them bad=
TfL seem to have a bad record with a lot of things - electrifying the Goblin
for example. No doubt the cost of that is heading ever higher right now.
Who knows, one day it might even be finished.
Well TfL are funding £25m of the cost of the electrification project and are certainly not in charge of it. Why would they "fly off the handle" when they were told about the delays to the work by Network Rail in late January if they were "in charge". They are also buying the new trains and thus far they appear to be on time.
As things stand *today* the GOBLIN electrification is not officially late. Once we get past June and if the wires are not strung and energised then it's late. No statements have been made about the total project cost and whether it is over budget. It may well end up over budget but there's no public domain information about it. We also have no firm idea yet about the extent and timing of further closures or blockades that may be required to finish the works.
NR is extremely lucky that the new trains are not scheduled to arrive for testing and then passenger operation until the Autumn at the earliest (testing) and operation (December time). If the trains had been built and were sitting in a siding then the pressure would be enormous to "do something". However there are equal pressures from Crossrail for a lot of agreed closures and works in and around Stratford to happen on time which is why the GOBLIN had to reopen to allow freight to be diverted. TfL can't jump and down too much because all NR would say is "OK we'll close the GOBLIN and finish the works but you won't be able to run your nice class 345s in May and by the way the whole Crossrail programme may run late". In short there are genuine tensions here between project programmes and GOBLIN electrification will never, ever outgun Crossrail in TfL and Mayoral priorities. Hence why any closures on the GOBLIN will almost certainly be in the mid - late Summer period when people are on the main holidays. There are no fixed public dates for electric trains to run on the GOBLIN so there is less stakeholder and public pressure and therefore a tad more flexibility about when they enter service. Launching new trains and infrastructure in the depths of winter is never ideal anyway.