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April handover of Tube to TfL

LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL) is to keep short term control over station staff and train drivers on the Tube for six months after maintenance moves into the private sector next month.

Control will only then switch to Transport for London (TfL), the Mayor's transport department, which will be responsible for managing the public private partnership (PPP) contracts Signing of the public-private renewals and maintenance contracts with private consortia is expected to take place in early November. TfL will then take over LUL in April 2003.

A TfL spokesman said that the time was needed to give LUL, under the direct control of the government, a chance to 'bed down' the new PPP contracts.

He added that TfL transport commissioner Bob Kiley also needed time to prepare an integration plan to ensure LUL transfers smoothly into TfL. 'Then Bob will get his hands on the levers and begin rigorously policing the contracts, ' he said.

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