And finally, some welcome news: TfL is looking to raise funds to buy new trains and buses and to drive down fares by hiring its experts out to India as part of a proposed new consultancy arm (no snickering). Apparently, around 20 Indian cities with populations of more than two million are upgrading or planning to start building their metro systems. Having travelled a reasonable amount in India and with a half-Indian wife and extended in-law network, I find this to be a win-win proposition for TfL: even they couldn't exactly make things worse.
In other news, that estimable journal Ham & High has an amusing take on TfL's insistence that escalators cannot be repaired in under six months.
"In the time that it will take Transport for London (TfL) to carry out the maintenance work, 381,000 babies will be born in the UK and the moon will travel 10million miles around the earth.
"In China, a construction company once managed to build a 15-storey hotel in six days."