Am I missing something? There seems to be a lot of 'high fives' regarding the turnaround of the bridge installation and the line being open again. I feel that the whole situation is a disgrace noting the following points:
- The fact the culverts failed initially is unacceptable. This is inexcusable in itself only made worse by the spin (lying) to the public and blaming it all on 'flood damage'. The failure mode is corroded Armco culverts that where allowed to 'run to fail' and highlight deficiencies in the asset management and safety systems. It was only known after a rough ride under the train.
- For the second failure to close the track is unacceptable. For sure they may have been managing the risk but the line closing is unacceptable given the lesson should have been learnt the first time.
- The replacement bridge addresses some of the failed culverts but the causeway consists of many culverts. There is potentially the risk of yet another failure and another closure.
Where is the confidence that the asset and the operation is being managed appropriately? It would appear to be an absolute circus with little to know pressure to strive for the excellence and instead yet another example where the acceptance of mediocrity is becoming mainstream.