Performance of London Underground (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
June 20, 2012
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
Boris Johnson (Chair,TfL)


That was out of LU's control.

Have you assured yourself that measures are in place? We have heard about the blue-light team and all the things you told us last week, and Peter and others have told us. How have you assured yourself and the IOC that things are in place and that people will be able to get around?


Answer for Performance of London Underground (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Performance of London Underground (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
Boris Johnson (Chair,TfL)

If I may just continue the point I was making about the Central line, because obviously what you need to do is to make sure that where there are problems involving Thames Water that we have the greatest possible and the closest possible co-operation between us and Thames Water. I think one of the problems was quite frankly that our people arrived very quickly on-site, we were there, and we were trying to deal with the inflow of water, 2 million litres of water coming in very fast. Phil Hutton and others were there on-site; it was difficult to get Thames Water to respond rapidly. What we have now done is made sure that, if there is any future incursion of water of that scale, there will be immediate co-ordination between Thames Water, the senior operatives, and LU. Indeed, what I think we need to make sure is that when Thames Water are fixing pipes, as they have to do, they have a better understanding in their risk assessments of where our tunnels are, where our vent shafts are, and to make sure that they minimise any risk to our system. So that is a step that we have taken to mitigate that particular risk.