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JNP Tube upgrade starts ahead of PPP

LONDON UNDERGROUND station upgrades will start sooner on some lines than others because of different procurement practices under deals with consortia Tubelines and Metronet to upgrade the system.

Work on 97 Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly (JNP) line stations is due to start this autumn after contractors Gleeson MCL, YJL Construction and Wiggins Gee won £450M of station upgrade work from London Underground (LUL). But work on remaining lines must wait until the privately financed tube contracts are signed.

This may not be until late this year, due to the ongoing legal challenge from London mayor Ken Livingstone.

Station upgrades along the Bakerloo, Central, Victoria (BCV) or subsurface lines cannot start because of consortium Metronet's decision to choose its contractors before winning the upgrade work.

This has made it contractually impossible for LUL to start the work until the Metronet's contract is signed.

JNP and sub surface line consortium Tubelines agreed to take over station contracts with already appointed contractors, enabling work to start immediately.

Station refurbishment on the 97 stations along JNP lines is due for completion in 2010.

Tubelines is Jarvis, Amey and Bechtel Halcrow. Metronet is Balfour Beatty, WS Atkins, Thames Water, Seeboard and Adtranz.

INFOPLUS www. nceplus.co.uk/tube

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