Tube Lines

MQT on 2008-11-12
Session date: 
November 12, 2008
Question By: 
Richard Tracey
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Tube Lines is reaching the end of their planned work for the first phase of their contract and has spare capacity to carry out extra works. In light of his recent comments on counter-cyclical investment, is the Mayor exploring opportunities to bring forward investment in the modernisation programme?


Answer for Tube Lines

Answer for Tube Lines

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As set out in the TfL Business Plan published last week, TfL is progressing a massive programme of investment to transform the Tube. Delivery of any programme on this scale would be a major challenge. Following the collapse of Metronet, LU faces the additional challenge of determining the most efficient and cost-effective route for delivering the vital upgrades which were part of Metronet's PPP contract, and it will certainly be looking at all viable options for achieving this, including the possibility of Tube Lines delivering some projects. LU has contracted Tube Lines to deliver work outside of the PPP in the past and currently they are refurbishing some escalators at Bank station. Past examples include the redevelopment of Wembley Park station and the step-free schemes at Finchley Central and Hendon Central stations. Of course, we are sensitive to the fact that Tube Lines' current delivery focus is on completing the challenging line and station upgrade programme that remains to be delivered during the first period of its contract which runs to 2010. This includes the first major line upgrade - the Jubilee line, which will have a new state of the art signalling system, with automatically driven trains, in place by the end of next year, providing 33% more capacity and reducing journey times by around 22%.