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Your article £31M TfL underspend dismays consultants (NCE 17 March) contains comment from unnamed - and it would appear ill-informed - consultants, which deserve an answer.

There is no truth in the claim that congestion charging income has fallen short or that this would have any effect on capital spend. The main reason for underspending is largely outside TfL control - that is the utility and local authority delays.

TfL has an annual spend of nearly £5bn and our financial performance is extremely robust.

Peter Brown, chief operating officer, surface transport, Transport for London, peterbrown@tfl. gov. uk

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