How many kilometers of tunnel have the Boring Co tunnelled so far? Or doesn't that really matter?
Are we are comparing a mature 185 year old industry to one that is in its infancy?
One could ask how many trains have run on the multi million pound North West electrification in the years that the project has been running. Answer: None!
We might also ask how many weekend trains have been cancelled because of the overhead lines work. Answer: Many!
Whether one believes in electrification of the railways or not, the practical implication of the project has set almost everyone I meet against the process even people who originally welcomed it are in revolt.
We have seen one contractor go bust, the work transferred to another who agreed to let existing work proceed, then to another that has stopped all work & is demanded complete re-costing. Part completed work has been left, in one case with threaded rods sticking through a bride, the overhead gantry that was supposed to fit here is either unmade or in storage along with the large 90 degree bracket to support it, 3 other support brackets are in place. The site that had mobile toilets, canteen, perimeter fencing, drive on support matting, a bridge over the river etc has been completely returned to how it was. If the work is to restart it may be possible to hang the brackets from the rail, but otherwise the whole site will have to be re-created & two Scots lads hoping it will be the latter as it would be good for their take home.
It is as badly a managed business as I have ever seen.