Monday, 27 February 2012

Siemens fights back on Thameslink

This from the Independent...

Juergen Maier, head of Siemens' UK arm, told The Independent that media coverage had been "biased", that 2,000 British jobs would be created, and that rival Bombardier should accept that this is "a competitive world".


The old '2,000 British jobs' ploy.

Would it be churlish to point out that these 2,000 maintenance and depot jobs would have been created by whomsoever had won the Thameslink contract?

Meanwhile, only Bombardier offered to manufacture the new trains in Britain, whilst Siemens plan to build the Thameslink fleet in Germany.

Perhaps Herr Maier can tell us precisely how many British jobs that will create?

UPDATE: This from Captain Deltic, who raises a quizzical eyebrow....

2000 maintenance and depot jobs? for 1200 vehicles?

Perhaps 200?

Pointless signs - SWT Class 458 loo

This from the Grim Reaper...

Perhaps this is here to warn against any attempt to recover wandering bog brushes?

Pointless signs - Bristol Temple Meads

This from Storm Force...

The PIS was completely blank throughout the station yesterday except for the dot matrix message screens showing this helpful message.