From the BBC article about the Class 378 launch (which I suspect is rewritten from a press release):

Mayor of London Boris Johnson will unveil the first of the new £250m fleet in Willesden, west London.

Deputy Mayor of London, Kabir Das, said: “We want to increase capacity – and these brand new trains have been specially designed for our Overground in London.

Who?  The phrase ‘specially designed’ in conjunction with the Class 378s is used in TfL documents, so I can only assume it’s a very distorted way of saying ‘Transport Advisor Kulveer Ranger’, who’s gone up to Willesden with Boris today.  These Indians with their funny names, eh?  It does show again, as Martin Hoscik percipiently pointed out last year, that throwing vanity titles around like confetti confused people as to the structure, roles and responsibilities of your organisation, but really, two minutes with Google can’t hurt, can it, guys?  Tchah.

Oh, and note to tiresome trolls – this isn’t the BBC being biased or unethical, merely being crap at reporting on the website and indulging in churnalism, which is hardly unusual or unique to the BBC.

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6 Responses to New Deputy Mayor?

  1. Helen says:

    They’ve changed it to “Mayor’s transport adviser Kulveer Ranger” – as Kabir Das is a Sikh saint I’d guess it was someone at the BBC taking the piss.

  2. Tom says:

    That had occurred to me, but I couldn’t find where to tell them the story was cocked up. A bit shabby, if so.

  3. Jon B says:

    Hmm, the anonymous comments from line “users” suggest either the opinions of the writer themselves or “creative writing” – tabloid stuff that the BBC shouldn’t publish.

  4. Tom says:

    “tabloid stuff that the BBC shouldn’t publish.”

    Churnalism – when the deadline is more important than the story. It’s shoddy and the BBC shouldn’t do it, but their news has been getting steadily more awful under the current DG. They even had me on the other day.

  5. It’s a pity you have no sense humour. But then that’s to be expected of someone who spends the best part of their days trawling through City Hall documents praying that they find something wrong with a Mayor who’s already done far better than his predecessor.

    Nonetheless, our post to which you have so kindly linked (and so childishly referred to as trolling) was made in *JEST* at those BBC naysayers who are always looking for conspiracy in their actions.

    If you can’t see that, then it’s a good job no one takes your scrutiny seriously, as you are undoubtedly shortsighted.

  6. For many years I was condemned to riding the rails between Crouch Hill and Barking. That was provided by 1960s DMUs (dignified, I believe, as “Class 108″ — I lost my Ian Allen books years gone), remarkably adjacent to those I rode to school in rural Norfolk in the mid-1950s.

    The eastbound incline at Walthamstow was an annual test of Leyland engines versus the “wrong sort of leaves on the line”. Since there was no Sunday service, Monday mornings were fun-and-games time. Drivers used different tactics: one took twenty minutes up the incline, gunning the motors hard and slipping the wheels; another reversed a quarter of a mile and took a run at it.

    For weeks at a time the service could be “suspended”. This seemed to coincide with problems at the Watford depot. At other times, it was not unusual for the service to be “operated” by a single DMU set: in other words, two out of every three services were cancelled, with no warning, without notification: we just stood there like Efie (an Ulster expression I never fully comprehended).

    One infamous week, the only service was operated by a single-carriage tram, imported from heaven knows where. Would that have been a class 121? I lost count at 140 bods in a 60 foot box.

    After I moved on, there was an upgrade to Class 150, though I note that the complaints about irregular service and casual bus substitution (at least there’s another innovation!) persist.

    But what is still in store? The upgrade to Class 172 seems to go back deeper and deeper into 2010. Because the original platforms were rooted up, extra carriages are impossible: hence seats are removed to provide “standing room only”. Electrification repeatedly reappears as a “proposal” without any further forward movement.

    My point here is simple: if there were a further test-case of commitment by TfL to enhancing public transport, this line would surely qualify.

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