Unfunded Underground Line Upgrades

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-03-14
Session date: 
March 14, 2012
Reference: 
2012/0827
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Why are plans to upgrade the Bakerloo, Piccadilly and Central Lines still unfunded? What guarantees about these upgrades can you make to long-suffering passengers on these lines after the promises you have made on this subject?

Answer

Answer for Unfunded Underground Line Upgrades

Answer for Unfunded Underground Line Upgrades

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Upgrading the Tube is at the core of my commitment to London. The Jubilee and Victoria line upgrades are already delivering fantastic benefits with more soon to come. The Northern line upgrade will be completed by 2014 and the complex upgrade of the Metropolitan, District, Circle and Hammersmith and City lines is well underway too. Of course the Central line was upgraded in the 1990s which means there is already a train every two minutes on its central section at peak times.

It is crucial that we follow through on this and upgrade the remaining lines - the Piccadilly and Bakerloo - replacing their trains and signalling which by then will be the oldest on the system. Further renewal of other lines will then follow, commencing with the Central line. The demise of the PPP gave TfL the opportunity to upgrade these lines using a much more consistent and co-ordinated approach. This will use advances in technology to deliver the best possible service, including improved reliability, for Londoners while also delivering substantial cost savings and energy efficiency.

I am confident that the Government fully understands how critical it is to complete the whole upgrade programme and shares my commitment to do so. This is why TfL is pressing ahead with the necessary planning and development work on the Bakerloo and Piccadilly line upgrades now, although of course most of the work and therefore the funding to deliver them falls beyond the current spending review period.

Our current level of funding is absolutely critical in order to continue with the upgrade programme. Irresponsible fares policies will only dig a hole from which it will be impossible to recover.