Bombardier “Stuffed It Up” in London. Is Transit Planning “Stuffed Up” In Metro Vancouver?
Not all is well with Bombardier Inc.
The massive transit conglomerate has had too easy for too long and now is accused of “‘duping’ the British capital into awarding it a train-signalling contract that it was incapable of delivering, creating “nothing short of a disaster” for the London Underground.”
I would like to remind everyone that Bombardier’s influence on TransLink in the past being the sole supplier of ALRT/ART SkyTrain, is now affecting our present transit planning with a $3 billion subway under Broadway to Arbutus and the $2.5 poor man’s SkyTrain disguised as LRT in Surrey.
Is Bombardier’s legacy helping to “stuff it up” in Metro Vancouver?
Kristine Owram | March 14, 2016 |
London’s city council has lambasted Bombardier Inc. for “duping” the British capital into awarding it a train-signalling contract that it was incapable of delivering, creating “nothing short of a disaster” for the London Underground.
Bombardier Inc. has gone to great lengths to suppress the release of information about the government funding it receives, heading to court 10 times in nine years, often citing competitive concerns
The scathing report, prepared by the London Assembly’s Budget & Performance Committee, doesn’t mince words in its criticism of Bombardier and Transport for London (TfL), the government body that awarded the contract.
London Mayor Boris Johnson also didn’t equivocate, telling the committee that Bombardier “totally stuffed it up.”
In June 2011, Bombardier’s transportation division was awarded a contract to upgrade the London Underground’s automatic train control, or signalling system.
The company said it could do the job by 2018 for 354 million pounds (about $670 million) but it quickly became apparent that it wouldn’t be able to deliver on time or on budget, according to the report, which calls Bombardier’s performance “shameful.”