Piccadilly Line Upgrade

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Is there likely to be any delay to the planned upgrade for the Piccadilly Line?


Answer for Piccadilly Line Upgrade

Answer for Piccadilly Line Upgrade

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Piccadilly line upgrade is one of the key elements of the work programme to be delivered during the second period of the Tube Lines PPP contract, which commences in July 2010 and runs until the end of 2017. London Underground (LU) has asked the PPP Arbiter to set a fair price for the works and the Arbiter's review is in progress. He has indicated that he expects to publish his draft direction on costs before Christmas.

LU's priority in its continuing discussions with the Arbiter and with Tube Lines is to see that Tube Lines delivers on its two principal challenges - to deliver all the improvements it has promised on time, and in a way that delivers value for money for London's fare payers and taxpayers.

At this stage it would be unhelpful for me to speculate on the outcome of the Arbiter's review or the ongoing discussions, but it remains our current intention that the upgrade should be completed by 2014. The early stages of the project continue to progress, with Tube Lines currently evaluating tenders in order to appoint a rolling stock supplier.