New modern London Underground uniform

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/4574
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

How much has been spent on the development of this new uniform?

What will be the total cost to roll this new uniform out to all staff members?

What is the cost of the uniform per staff member compared with the current uniform costs per staff member? Will the uniforms be ethically produced?  Will the new uniforms carry the Fairtrade mark?

Answer

Answer for New modern London Underground uniform

Answer for New modern London Underground uniform

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am delighted with the new modern uniform, which has been developed hand in hand with our staff, and reflects both TfL's heritage and diversity. The new uniforms have been designed by leading UK designer Wayne Hemingway MBE who specialises in affordable and social design.

The cost including all design, communications and staff engagement was £155,250. The total cost of roll out is currently in the process of competitive tender and is estimated to come in at a range of £5.5 to 6.5 million. All uniform garments and shoes have a two year lifecycle, so the existing uniform would get renewed at this point anyway, therefore the new uniform will not be an additional cost.

The current average cost per uniform is £510 per staff member. The cost of the new uniform per member of staff is still under commercial tender but is expected to be comparable to current costs.

Although the uniform will not carry the Fairtrade mark, the tendered contract specification asks that fair trade fabric should be used where possible. All suppliers must sign up to and comply with TfL policy on ethical sourcing and be signed up to the Ethical Trading Initiative.