If the weather becomes excessively hot in Melbourne, or it rains heavily, our public transport system is prone to collapse and our roads almost stop functioning. Given we do have some extremely hot days in a normal summer and at any time can have heavy rain, why our systems cannot cope puzzles me. I've expressed an opinion before that there is insufficient drainage for our overpopulated inner areas but it is obviously more than that.
Mayor of London Boris Johnston warned of bad weather a few weeks ago with heavy falls of snow forecast. He was quoted as saying that systems were prepared and resources ready to cope, and what happened? The system collapsed as soon as snow fell. No sooner had a train poked its nose above ground, it failed or some part of the system failed.
Like in Melbourne with hot weather and heavy rain, it is like London has never seen snow before. It is like the city is undergoing an extreme weather event.
Is this an Anlgo problem? I don't hear of failures like that in Europe, where some parts get much more severe weather.
I can appreciate that snow can get so bad that things just can't operate, but was London's snow that heavy?
Perhaps the complexity of modern systems are to blame. Take for instance a week or so ago where I train was stuck at Darling Station after overhead wires became entangled. At the next station towards the city where High Street crosses the road at Glen Iris Station, the boom automatically came down and stayed down, no doubt because of fail safe systems. This caused horrendous delays to trams, local and non local motorists.
Have we become so clever that in perfect conditions everything works like a Swiss clock, but as soon as something is not quite right, we just fall in a heap.