Well, that's odd. Metronet's chief executive appeared before the GLA's transport committee on Thursday afternoon. And a shedload of P-way work was called off without warning on Wednesday night. A coincidence? Surely not.
When Metronet protection masters tried to book on with the Track Access Controller, they were told that Metronet had withdrawn their SABRE job numbers without explanation. So only a few of the 30ish sites currently being worked on by TrackForce were active and hundreds of engineering workers were left with nothing to do.
Then someone let the cat out of the bag - it was all an attempt to avoid over-runs on Thursday morning that might have embarrassed the Big Cheese on his big day.
So ... workers are messed about ... maintenance and improvement work gets delayed ... but Metronet looks OK, so that's alright then.