Wednesday, 1 January 2014
Boriswatch noted yesterday that the plan to convert the Sub Surface Lines from manual driving to ATO has come to a shuddering halt as after two years of trying to get things to work Bombardier (pronounced the French way; Bom-bar-dee-yay, they're Canadian) has had to admit that their Cityflo signalling system (as used on Madrid Line 1, Line 6 and Shenzhen Line 3, all single lines with no branches) is unable to cope with the complexities of the Circle, District, Met and H&C. So the SSL won't be going ATO by 2018 and there will still be a TOp on the handle until around 2021 which must come as a bit of a blow to the hopes of infamous dingo's gonad squeezer AM Richard Tracey as the arrival of driverless trains recedes even further and further into the future (can something recede into the future? Discuss).
Bizarrely I have just discovered that "Dick" Tracey and I share the same birthday but to my shameless satisfaction he is 18 years my senior. As I'm sure the prospect of more train drivers in future rather than less will irk him greatly I can only think of Kathleen Tuner's lines from the wonderful "The man with two brains"
"I love to see those veins in your temple throb……I get so excited when you get angry, it makes me feel so much closer to the reading of the will."