Post by redbus on May 3, 2019 11:50:45 GMT
And worth looking at the dates when things were already clearly going wrong and very poor decisions were being made - i.e. before the current Mayor took over. This is a mess that is long in the making. And that is NOT me trying to make the current Mayor blameless but just pointing out that all the "on time, on budget" stuff being spouted by his opponents about the project before he was elected are equally deluded about the reality of the situation. It was going wrong in 2015!
In all honesty I have not been impressed with any of our Mayors, and it comes as no surprise that things started to go wrong under the previous Mayor. To be fair back in 2015 there was still time to put matters right, and the key problem appears to have been at Crossrail where the poor decisions were made. To be fair to both Mayors it is very difficult to do anything when Crossrail management are stating 'we are opening on schedule'. I do however put a certain blame on the current Mayor which I put much less on previous Mayor, as under the current Mayor there has been a lot more noise of problems at Crossrail that he should have had investigated and cross-questioned the management about. Maybe he did and was sufficiently re-assured, in which case given what has happened, one has to ask whether he questioned enough. It is also a case of what the Mayor can / should reasonably have done without the benefit of hindsight.