It’s The Fourth Emergency Service!

Tube engineers will be rushed across London by police cars with their sirens blaring in a bid to keep trains moving

Whoa, steady on! I mean, yes, Tube breakdowns are annoying, but really, should we go this far?

Well, we aren’t. Not for long, anyway:

during the Olympics.

Now the penny drops!

Tube bosses today said the move will transform the transport network and “dramatically improve reliability and response times“.

For a short period. Then it’ll go back to normal.

The London Assembly’s transport committee chairman Caroline Pidgeon today welcomed the move.She said: “We’ve got to keep the Tube going through the Games more than at any other time.

London’s reputation depends on it. If doing that means giving engineers blue light status then I am all for it. Anything that gets the Tube working more quickly can only be a good thing.”

But only while the Olympics is on. What, you think you peasants deserve a properly-functioning service when there isn’t a multi-squillion pound shindig for the great and good in the capital?

Dream on!

7 comments for “It’s The Fourth Emergency Service!

  1. November 26, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    What? The Zil lanes aren’t enough?

    • Lord T
      November 26, 2011 at 6:28 pm

      They will probably be the only workers, if they can be called that, using those lanes.

      It’ll make target aquisition easier. Oh! Someone body in the Zil lane, pass me my rifle.

  2. November 26, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I am reminded by this of an earlier cAAmpaign, which usurped the position, claimed by the coastguards, to be the 4th emergency service.

    The quality of life is clearly improving (if transport now chugs in immediately behind life, health, liberty, and property rights). Not only that, but transport to be (distinctly sectorially) entertained: above getting to work, buying food, going on holiday, etc?

    The orgies, gladiatorial spectacles and other decadence of the Roman Empire surely pale to insignificance against our modern priorities.

    Best regards

    • November 27, 2011 at 6:22 am

      “The orgies, gladiatorial spectacles and other decadence of the Roman Empire surely pale to insignificance against our modern priorities.”

      Sadly all too true…

  3. November 26, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    It all feels like yet another Chinese export to me.

  4. Ian
    November 27, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Don’t get it. Why can’t tube engineers use handcars, like we see in silent films? When they encounter an obstruction they can simply lift the handcar and plonk it down again on the unobstructed section of tube line. Talk about lazy.

    • November 27, 2011 at 2:57 am

      Because the content of the Safe Lifting Of Handcarts course won’t be ready until mid-2013 at the earliest. :mrgreen:

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