THE GOVERNMENT this week tried to head off the row over the privately financed Tube upgrade by handing limited information about bids to London Transport Commissioner Bob Kiley.
The move is seen as an attempt to head off legal action by London Mayor Ken Livingstone who wants Kiley to have full access to bid documents.
He is not thought to have been given financing details and a GLA spokeswoman warned it was likely that Kiley would want to see these at some stage.
London Underground and the Department of the Environment Transport and the Regions had previously refused Kiley access to commercially sensitive bid information. It now looks as though he has been given a limited amount in exchange for an agreement to sign a confidentiality agreement.
Kiley received executive summaries of bids for the Bakerloo, Central and Victoria Line franchise and for the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly franchise.
Best and final offers for these were submitted last week.