Reduction in London Underground Cleaning Provision

Meeting: 
MQT on 2007-01-30
Session date: 
January 30, 2007
Reference: 
2007/0003
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Apparently, ISS, Tube Lines' cleaning contractor, has been ordered to implement a 20% cut in the value of its station and train cleaning contract, and to redeploy staff from stations to trains cleaning. It is suggested that this 20% cut would represent an actual loss of 100 cleaning jobs, meaning there would be 50% less staff cleaning stations. What are your views on this cut in provision? Is a performance risk being created?

Answer

Answer for Reduction in London Underground Cleaning Provision

Answer for Reduction in London Underground Cleaning Provision

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Under the terms of the PPP on the Tube the responsibility for cleaning lies with the infrastructure company. I do not see how they can maintain standards of cleanliness by cutting staff. Given the profits that Tubelines enjoys, I can see no case for reducing these cleaning posts.