Underspend (Supplementary) [3]

Session date: 
January 14, 2004
Question By: 
Brian Coleman
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
Ken Livingstone

Question

That is the rumour, that this is splitting the Northern Line by stealth.

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Answer

Answer for Underspend (Supplementary) [3]

Answer for Underspend (Supplementary) [3]

Answered By: 
Ken Livingstone

Well, it is not by stealth. The other problem we have in all of this, of course, is the uncertainty about the redevelopment of Camden Town tube. You cannot do much underground of the substantial work you would need to do if we were going to live with this permanently split tube, without doing the whole redevelopment.

At the moment that is programmed to take ten years. Tim O'Toole has gone back to look at whether we cannot advance that and contract that time. But our objective is still to try and get back to that switch working, but I cannot say that it is 100% certain that we will ever be able to do that on safety grounds.