Commuters face long delays after problems on road and rail

Commuters face long delays after problems on road and rail

Commuters face long delays after problems on road and rail

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COMMUTERS suffered a bank holiday hangover in north Essex this morning with road and rail delays.

Over-running engineering work at Ipswich caused severe disruption between Norwich and Colchester.

Several trains were cancelled along the route with the line through Ipswich, between Stowmarket, Ipswich and Manningtree, expected to re-open at 10.30am.

Customers have been advised to delay any journeys after work on the lines ran over time again.

Derek Monnery, chairman of the Essex Rail Users Federation, said: "Yet again the travelling public are being subjected to a non-existent rail service to London because Network Rail has failed to complete engineering work in the Ipswich area leaving the lines blocked and trains unable to run.

"Every time this happens, key staff are unable to reach their offices in London, and the economy of the whole country suffers.

"As I write this, my local station Manningtree should have had five trains to London, but not one has arrived.

"How can the rail operator in all seriousness ask for a rail fare increase when it is obvious that the infrastructure provider, Network Rail, is providing such a manifestly awful service?"

Motorists also faced long delays with slow moving queues from Ardleigh to Witham on the A12 after two vehicles broke down and a lorry and a car collided at different points along the route.

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11:12am Tue 26 Aug 14

cynicalsubber says...

Given that engineering work always overruns, why have they not learned to schedule less? This is totally unacceptable.
Given that engineering work always overruns, why have they not learned to schedule less? This is totally unacceptable. cynicalsubber
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11:48am Tue 26 Aug 14

romantic says...

cynicalsubber wrote:
Given that engineering work always overruns, why have they not learned to schedule less? This is totally unacceptable.
I would almost guarantee that the engineering teams are saying to management: There is no way to complete the expected work in the time available. Management (who have probably never ever worked on the engineering teams) will say: It has to be done. Engineering will say it's not possible, management will say just do it and then start getting upset with people when it doesn't happen.

I have seen it in factories so many times, and ultimately it is always because the people who know how to do the actual job are being given unrealistic instructions and targets by people who have become managers without ever having done the job of the people they will be managing. They have a spreadsheet which says the job should take x hours, and if it takes more than x hours, well, somebody else must be to blame.
[quote][p][bold]cynicalsubber[/bold] wrote: Given that engineering work always overruns, why have they not learned to schedule less? This is totally unacceptable.[/p][/quote]I would almost guarantee that the engineering teams are saying to management: There is no way to complete the expected work in the time available. Management (who have probably never ever worked on the engineering teams) will say: It has to be done. Engineering will say it's not possible, management will say just do it and then start getting upset with people when it doesn't happen. I have seen it in factories so many times, and ultimately it is always because the people who know how to do the actual job are being given unrealistic instructions and targets by people who have become managers without ever having done the job of the people they will be managing. They have a spreadsheet which says the job should take x hours, and if it takes more than x hours, well, somebody else must be to blame. romantic
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