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MQT on 2017-11-16
Session date: 
November 16, 2017
Question By: 
Keith Prince
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How much money will TfL save by "pausing" the Jubilee and Northern lines World ClassCapacity programme?

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Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL is currently delivering the biggest and most exciting investment program in London's history.  I hope this is welcomed by everyone.  For upgrading the District, Circle and Metropolitan and Hammersmith and City lines to building the Elizabeth line and the Northern line extension.  In fact, only last week the Northern line extension tunnelling work was completed.  The Jubilee and Northern lines have been recently modernised and are high performing lines, benefitting from state of the art new digital signalling systems.  At a time when the Government is removing £2.8 billion of TfL’s grant funding and when passenger demand is reducing slightly, although by less than the rest of the country, we are ensuring that TfL investment is targeted to working to deliver the greatest improvements.  In particular, replacing old trains and signalling on other lines which are much closer to the end of their design life and were delayed by the previous Mayor, like the Piccadilly line trains which date back to the 1970s.  TfL's base of engineering advances that means it is no longer the right decision to spend on the Jubilee and Northern world class capacity (WCC) program.  TfL has identified how it can achieve improvements in service frequency without the immediate need to purchase additional Jubilee and Northern line trains.  For example, on the Northern line, TfL will be introducing a new time table in January which will double the length of the evening peak and reduce congestion along the line.  This will allow TfL to carry an additional 11,000 passengers each evening peak and benefit up to 100,000 customers a day through reduced crowding.  To put it quite simply, you would not need to replace an old fridge or a car if you had properly maintained and even enhanced the existing model.  The same applies here.  Instead of spending millions of pounds over the business plan period in this programme TfL will now focus on products that will deliver the greatest benefits to customers such as buying new trains on the DLR and for the deep tube where investment is needed.  TfL is delivering the biggest investment program it has ever had and will continue investing in the right places to improve journeys and support London's population and employment growth.