The nocturnal thoughts of chairman Higgins
In an interview with Architects Journal last year, HS2 chairman David Higgins said, “We spent a massive amount of money patching up a Victorian network. It is soul destroying for staff, who are out every night with limited access to the track, trying to keep a network going that gets a bigger pounding than anything else in Europe. So what a luxury to be able to build and maintain a state-of-the-art system.”
Is “patching up a Victorian railway” soul-destroying for maintenance staff, or what they are paid to do?
What about ‘patching up’ London Underground, or the 1960s motorway network? Is it “soul-destroying” for roadworkers to see their nocturnal tarmacking efforts ground down by thousands of pesky motorists?
If HS2 is built, are there no longer going to be ‘staff out every night’ on the Victorian network? Does that mean they would be getting their P45s?
Would there not be any maintenance staff out ‘every night’, to keep HS2 going? If not, how and when would its upkeep be done? With ’18 trains per hour’ running, wouldn’t there be quite limited access to the track during the day?