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Kiley quits as Transport for London chief

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TRANSPORT FOR London (TfL) fi ance and planning director Jay Walder has been tipped to replace transport commissioner Bob Kiley, who quit last week.

Sources close to TfL said that Kiley resigned amid a power struggle with Walder. He will leave three years before his contract ends.

Walder is responsible for TfL's £4.6bn annual budget and was directly involved in securing an extra £3bn of borrowing in 2004. He has been involved in bringing in congestion charging and London Underground's PPP contract.

TfL confirmed that Walder is a contender to replace Kiley, along with London Underground managing director Tim O'Toole and surface transport managing director Peter Hendy.

Sources said that O'Toole was unlikely to be moved out of London Underground where he is taking a fi rm grip on the performance of Tube contractors Metronet and Tube Lines.

TfL said that Kiley, 70, decided to leave after London won the 2012 Olympics on 6 July. Preparing London's transport system for the Games would have been too big a job for a man of his age, it said. Kiley then deferred his announcement following the 7 July terrorist attacks.

Kiley will continue to advise London mayor Ken Livingstone until 2008.

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