Comment on: Crossrail delayed until autumn 2019
No surprises here then. No mention of when the through service is now likely to be completed, avoiding changes at Paddington etc (previously advertised as 2019). No mention of no toilet provision on the trains (which the existing ones west of Paddington have) - passengers will just have to hold on even tighter for even longer!
I sympathise with this case, but this sort of attitude is not exclusive to women following maternity leave. I resigned from a large multi-disciplinary design consultancy practice recently after more than fifteen years with the company. I had negotiated working on a part-time basis as I became more 'senior', but was given poor performance ratings for my final two years without any reason nor any opportunity for discussion until afterwards. I was also regularly asked about my plans for 'retirement'. Despite formal grievance proceedings and an appeal, no satisfactory action was taken to resolve this appalling treatment. Fortunately I am now thoroughly enjoying my enforced 'retirement', but I would have liked to have continued my valuable contribution to the architectural profession for longer. I am sure there must be others who have found themselves in a similar position. It is a very poor reflection of the integrity of the architectural profession.
This is a no-brainer - the trustees and their backers should be filling the black hole that is the garden bridge debacle, not the taxpayers!
So, two questions remain - is anyone ever likely to be held accountable for the squandering of nearly £50m of public money? and what actually happened to all the private funds which had supposedly been raised?
Of course the 'Mac' should be saved, however much 'reconstruction' is required. It is irreplaceable - no replacement/substitution however well designed can possibly justify its removal. If Dresden's monuments including the Frauenkirche, and Warsaw's likewise, can be reconstructed then Glasgow's iconic Art School must similarly rise again from the ashes like the proverbial phoenix.