Tube Lines extra time

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3399
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What is your reaction to Tube Lines request for an additional three weekends of closures this year on the Jubilee line? Is it not the case that you huff and puff publicly about the unacceptability of extra closures but then generally agree to their requests in private?

Answer

Answer for Tube Lines extra time

Answer for Tube Lines extra time

Answered By: 
The Mayor

You are right that I have expressed my extreme disappointment that Tube Lines is not going to complete the upgrade of the Jubilee line by the contractual date of the end of this year. It is indeed deeply frustrating that they have not been able to complete the work within the programme originally agreed and I am keenly aware of the disruption customers are enduring as a result.

What is clear however is that the upgrade must be completed and Tube Lines must be given access to the railway in order to do this.

London Underground is working urgently with Tube Lines to ensure they have a credible plan in place for delivery. Although this has yet to be finalised, we now know, regrettably, that the delivery of the upgrade will be late and therefore further closures to the line will be necessary into 2010.

In the meantime, in the interests of getting this critical work done, and for Jubilee line customers to be able to benefit from the upgrade improvements at the earliest possible opportunity, additional access is being granted where it is possible to do this without causing significant disruption.