We’ve followed doggedly Network Rail’s overspend on the construction of their own offices and Platform Zero at Kings Cross station and the bizarre behaviour of DfT as they kept it from the Secretary of State. Tonight’s Panorama goes into detail on Network Rail’s overspending on capital projects and this website played an important part in getting the show together.
I’ve had several conversations with Toby Sculthorp the producer of Panorama and Vivan White the presenter from the show’s conception through to filming to help them prepare tonight’s show. We discussed at length just how opaque Network Rail is and the remarkable extent of their overspends. I took them through how I used FOI and the marvellous WhatDoTheyKnow.com to drag information out of DfT and get a handle on the grotesque amounts spent on the Eastern Range offices at no benefit to the travelling public. Toby Sculthorpe the shows producer says:
“Unfortunately there is a long history of overspending – by as much as a third,”
“I really began to take notice when I came across some very interesting work carried out by William Perrin at kingscrossenvironment.com.”
A bit like the cycling and road safety campaign, I never cease to be amazed how the way we do traditional community activism here in Kings Cross using modern, simple internet tools reaches out beyond our immediate area to help others. A sort of ‘new model activism’ if you will.
Sadly my balding visage didn’t make the cut for the show, but as my wife pointed out Heston Blementhal is over exposed anyway.