London mayor slams tube PPP

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has hit out at the performance of PPP vehicle Tube Lines in upgrading part of the London Underground. Johnson said he is ‘hugely frustrated’ at the consortium’s progress to date.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has hit out at the performance of a private consortium mandated to improve part of the London Underground under a PPP scheme.

Johnson said that PPP vehicle Tube Lines “must get its act together” in upgrading the Jubilee line, adding that he is “hugely frustrated” by the consortium’s progress to date.

Johnson: “hugely
frustrated”

Johnson’s comments come as Transport for London (TfL) publishes its annual London Underground PPP report. TfL said in the report it has grave doubts over Tube Lines’ ability to deliver the improvements to the Jubilee line by the end of December, when they are contracted to conclude by. TfL added that this is despite the fact that it has agreed to extra weekend line closures at Tube Lines’ request.

Tube Lines is a consortium made up of Ferrovial-owned infrastructure developer Amey and engineering and construction group Bechtel. It was awarded a 30-year PPP contract to upgrade the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines in 2003.

In the report TfL called on Tube Lines and Bechtel to undertake an independent review of their improvement programme.

The report also said that TfL has been able to preserve line upgrades and make cost savings of £2.5 billion (€2.86 billion; $4.1 billion) on the underground lines formerly under the control of Metronet. Metronet was a PPP vehicle contracted to upgrade nine London Underground lines, before going into administration in 2007. It was transferred to TfL control in May 2008.