State of TfL Property (Supplementary) [5]

Session date: 
September 17, 2003
Question By: 
Elizabeth Howlett
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Mr Mayor, I would have hoped to have seen some evidence of your good intentions on the line that I use, which is the District Line but unfortunately, apart from an announcement one morning that instead of the usual delays there were now going to be intervals on the London Underground, that is as much as I have seen. The trouble we have on the District Line now is graffiti internally in the trains.

You have talked about trains painted with graffiti, trying to get underneath that, but in fact the graffiti is now internal and it is frankly disgusting when the train is crammed full of people and you are terrified to lean up against the wall [inaudible] yourself because there is graffiti all over the place. I am getting lots and lots of complaints about this so can you tell me when in fact this train-painted graffiti action is going to get underway?

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Answer for State of TfL Property (Supplementary) [5]

Answer for State of TfL Property (Supplementary) [5]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Clearly, this is a major problem but at the moment the immediate concerns of the new senior management of TfL have been: one, to try and manage so that in the event of a further power failure there is a better response, and also to keep the Central Line working and replace the gearboxes. We have a question on that coming later on. Therefore, it is a question of working to some sort of priority and actually ensuring the safe continuing functioning of the Central Line is our immediate top priority on the Underground.

We will get down to all these other things but it is not like we came in and we have had months to prepare. We have taken over the system; we are finding out currently how bad it is and a series of major problems, which are homing in to view, are going to take a lot of senior management time, such as power supply.