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12:35 am: I always like to cite my sources. So when this happened


Stephen Pound: [talking about why PFI seemed like a good idea] Jubilee Line Extension was on time and on budget -

abigailb [interrupting]: NO IT WASN'T. IT WAS A YEAR LATE! CHECK HANSARD!


I feel the need to reference my heckle further.

So, the links are: here, where Baroness Hayman reports that "London Transport is planning to open the line in September 1998". A BBC news story from November 1999, reports "Jubilee Line finally opens". Westminster station was not to open until later, in December.

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From:alextiefling
Date:April 20th, 2010 03:01 am (UTC)
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Even that was only achieved by dropping moving block signalling from the original specification.

Muttermuttermutter...
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From:abigailb
Date:April 20th, 2010 03:37 am (UTC)
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Yes. the heckle wasn't really the time to go in to that sort of thing, although perhaps:

AND IT WAS RUSHED! WHY DO YOU THINK IT'S BEEN CLOSED SO MUCH RECENTLY?

would have worked...
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From:abigailb
Date:April 20th, 2010 03:43 am (UTC)
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..and as for on budget...

And even within that budget, and even though I like the architecture on thle JLE, the stations were absurdly lavish. Money that would have been better spent on other new transport - they could have kicked off ELLX a decade early rather than goldplating the one new tube line we got in 20 years and making future new ones look totally unaffordable.
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From:hairyears
Date:April 20th, 2010 04:12 am (UTC)
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It came in under budget? That surprises me, as the rest of the Underground was starved of investment (and maintenance!) to pay for the JLE.
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From:eponymousarchon
Date:April 20th, 2010 08:49 am (UTC)
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Cool! More power to your elbow! :)
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From:friend_of_tofu
Date:April 20th, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
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I love you. You know that, right?
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