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posted 17 Mar 2014, 02:34 by Roy McDonald   [ updated 18 Mar 2014, 13:41 ]
March 16th 2014
“Over-running engineering works” … three words to strike dread into the hearts of any rail commuter.

But what exactly are “over-running engineering works”?

Is it a genuine reason for wholesale disruption to train services or a convenient label to place on all manner of operational failures?

Are Network Rail’s engineers so incompetent (or inexperienced) that they cannot estimate the length of time that works to the permanent way or signals and telecommunications will take? - of course not.

Is it just that the poor old engineer is a ready made scapegoat, enabling the train operating companies to say, “Sorry guv, it’s not our fault – blame the engineers.”

The long suffering traveller can’t  argue.  We all know something vaguely about fixing the track and signals and there’s always those men in the orange onesies about, so it must be to do with them.

Perhaps it is. But every now and then it would be nice to see some response from Network Rail explaining the reasons why the works over-ran and why our services were disrupted.

Then, perhaps, just perhaps, we might feel a little more kindly towards the poor old engineers?