One of the simpler parts of the Chasewater flood defence and dam protection scheme, sorting the culvert in the railway causeway should have been easy. Originally sketched in for the early part of this year, then delayed until after the Railway’s Gala Weekend, it was supposed to be complete by Easter, this year. This is how it looked on Saturday. Apparently beset with technical problems (allegedly that there isn’t enough height allowed for ballast under the track), it’s now unlikely to be finished before next bank holiday and half term in a week’s time.
The railway can’t charge full fare, as the track no longer reaches the first station and is therefore losing huge amounts of revenue. If the management of this project is so poor that the laying of a raft and two reinforced concrete sections can’t beexecuted correctly, what faith can we have in the rest of the works?
Let’s hope that now the project has been taken out of the hands of Lichfield District Council that the new management team will concentrate less on their public image and more on the technicalities and timescales. Every day that passes, this is looking more and more like a disaster. The words ‘piss up’ and ‘brewery’ spring to mind.