Tube station refurbishment deferred

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3290
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

London Underground has said that apart from King's Cross and Tottenham Court Road, any other station refurbishment work where contractors are not already on site has been deferred until 2012/13 and beyond. Is this lack of money or evidence that they are even less competent than Metronet ?

Answer

Answer for Tube station refurbishment deferred

Answer for Tube station refurbishment deferred

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London Underground (LU) will continue to progress a significant volume of work to upgrade stations over the next three years. This will focus on providing additional capacity to relieve congestion at heavily used stations, particularly those that are key interchanges with National Rail services, or which will see an increase in passengers as a result of the introduction of Crossrail and the development of Thameslink.

As well as King's Cross St. Pancras, where the massive redevelopment is nearing completion, and Tottenham Court Road where it has just started, major congestion relief projects will get underway at Bond Street, Paddington and Victoria. This is in additon to the 15 other stations where modernisation or refurbishment work is ongoing (this figure does not include those where Tube Lines is carrying out the work).

However, the failure of Metronet has had a significant impact on this type of work. Apart from the fact that Metronet's stations programme was in chaos when LU took over, the financial legacy of the company's collapse, combined with the impact of the economic downturn on TfL's revenues, has meant funding is now severely constrained. The deferral of further modernisations and refurbishments until later in the current Business Plan period is one of a number of difficult but responsible decisions that had to be taken in order to protect the vital programmes to improve reliability and increase capacity on the Tube.

Since May 2008 when TfL took control of Metronet, 20 station refurbishments have been completed and costs are within budget.