Meet Tim O’Toole for lunch. Tim is the hapless American who is over here trying to run London Underground. How a decent, intelligent Southern Gent arrived in the vipers nest of LU is a miracle to me. Lord knows he is caught between the rock of Ken and the Labour Government’s PPP and the hard place of British industrial relations.
I think Tim is a good thing. I think he thinks he can improve the tube – even within the PPP after about 5 years and that he is determined to make the tube accessible. How far he can succeed with our unions or how well he can halt the exacerbation of the failure rate of the tube assets is a toughie. I wish him well. Seems like a man who likes a challenge.