- 16 Nov 2009
I mean you've pretty much stolen my follow up thereIt is almost as if posters here think contracts are a new idea! I bet the contract has all kinds of damages for late delivery built in. You can enforce them all you like. It wont get your train delivered any sooner which is the big issue here!
I was going to go on to ask what @158756 could tell us about the contract that meant it was so deficient so as to not properly incentivise CAF. Because I had assumed that any such contract would include plenty as standard.
What stock? Poached from where? I am unaware of much stock sitting around spare (apart from the HSTs that have recently come on the market). There are a few rakes of loco hauled I suppose that could still be cobbled together if required. But that's about it. Plus that tends to come with it's own issues (see the famed unreliability of the 37s on the Cumbrian Coast).they should have found one, poached some stock from elsewhere, funded the 319 conversion, something. If they bring no additional expertise to the table there's no reason not to nationalise it.
The 319 conversion is ongoing but also late Northern are supposed to be receiving some but are still waiting for them to be accepted into service.
You'll forgive me but I just don't see that it's as simple as you're making it out to be.