Underground defects

MQT on 2003-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2003
Question By: 
Roger Evans
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Is it true that there are 7,677 examples of `sub-standard conditions' on the Underground network, as reported in the Daily Telegraph on October 28th. If so, why has the report that identified them been kept secret?



Answer for Underground defects

Answer for Underground defects

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In May 2003, LUL prepared a report for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) explaining how the extent of non-compliance with company standards for its track assets would be recorded, controlled and eventually corrected. This report provided an estimate for the number of non-compliances that currently exist across the LUL Network. Once the report was given to the HSE, LUL considered it to be in the public domain.It must be stressed that such levels of non-compliances have existed for many years and, most importantly, that all such non-compliances have been assessed and it has been determined that they do not represent a safety risk. In the event that a non-compliance with a potential safety risk is discovered action is taken to immediately correct the non-compliance or implement and monitor additional safety controls until corrective action is taken.LUL has an established process for the capture and monitoring of such non-compliances through to correction and this will be undertaken on a prioritised basis. .