Crossrail (Elizabeth Line) opening delayed Apr 30, 2019 20:57:31 GMT
Post by snoggle on Apr 30, 2019 20:57:31 GMT
The article is behind a paywall, the article is entitled "Crossrail Operator To Seek Two-Year Extension After Project Delay"
Surely this must be some sort of good news?
Interesting stance taken by the chap from MTR about the failures in Hong Kong. What has gone on there is pretty damning but apparently it's the HK Government's fault for asking MTR to build 5 lines at once. It could have turned round and said it couldn't do so!!! That takes some gall to try to lay the "blame" at the government's door. That remark won't go unnoticed in Hong Kong.
This is clearly a pretty standard approach from MTR about seeking to ensure as much return as possible from the contract. Given the delays on the construction side the operating contract must be in a shambolic state as all the assumptions about what work is done when, what cost is incurred etc have gone out of the window. There must be a shedload of contract notices and variations to keep the show on the road. If MTR's right to an extension has any dependency on operational performance in the core then clearly they're going to be disadvantaged in how they can demonstrate performance given the railway's not open. Just as well TfL is taking the revenue risk and not MTR or else the claims would be astronomic.
The more worrying remark is the apparent disengagement until recently of MTR Crossrail from the actual project. Another aspect of the flawed governance structure that emphasised construction but not the transition to operation.