Andrew Bolton's comments (NCE 27 September) seem to ignore an important consideration when assessing the ability of a privatised underground to assimilate the safety culture exhibited by London Underground (LUL).
LUL has never has done any of the major capital works itself. It procures from the private sector and uses its own staff, augmented by consultants, to manage the process.
Once the Infracos are absorbed by the private sector, this process will be no different. The Public Private Partnership provides for no compulsory redundancies and it is probable that the vast majority of employees will be there for the foreseeable future, managing and implementing the same works in the same fashion.
I accept that numbers will increase and new staff will be required who may not be as familiar with the culture as the incumbents. However, LUL has always had to react to budgetary constraints and trim or grow resources to suit.
I cannot see any rational argument for assuming the contractors and suppliers, all of whom contribute towards the undeniable safety culture that exits, will suddenly abandon all of the good practices they obviously adopt.
Joe Colgan Joe.Colgan@ infracojnplimited. co. uk