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Kiley tells engineers to speak out on PPP


LONDON TRANSPORT commissioner Bob Kiley last week urged the ICE to back his campaign against the part-privatisation of London Underground.

Speaking during a lecture at Great George Street, Kiley warned that if engineers do not raise their concerns about the Public Private Partnership (PPP) scheme and the scheme then fails, it would reflect badly on the profession.

Under the PPP, the government plans to hand over maintenance and renewals of the Tube to the private sector for 30 years.

'This is the moment that if you believe it is wrong - you must summon the strength to speak up, ' he told his audience.

Kiley called for support while speaking at the Railway Civil Engineer's Association (RCEA) lecture 'Rebuilding the Capital's Transport System' ( See ICE news).

ICE Transport Board chair Derek Turner told NCE that engineers should speak up about the plan so that the public knows what engineers think rather than politicians or accountants.

'There's a challenge left with us. I hope that as the ICE and as individuals, we'll be able to rise to the occasion, ' he said.

An ICE spokesman said a membership survey on the issue may be possible.

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