Transport for London (TfL) is to bring the maintenance work on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines in-house in a move that ends Amey’s 13 year contract.
It said the move will save at least £80M over the next decade in “expensive” management fees and bring the maintenance back into the public sector. The decision was taken by TfL’s board.
Amey’s involvement is from a public-private partnership (PPP) contract. TfL said the deal will be brought to a close at the end of next year, the earliest point the contract allows this to happen. It is part of an overall review of how TfL spends money.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “I’m really proud to announce that TfL will bring underground maintenance work back in-house.
“I’ve asked TfL to carry out a root-and-branch review of all its business operations, and the decision to bring underground maintenance work in-house will save tens of millions of pounds to invest in our transport network and pay for my freeze in TfL fares.
“London Underground already has experience running successful maintenance operations in-house, and we’re making the changes as soon as the contract allows. I want TfL to be the best in the world while staying in public control.
“Londoners still pay some of the highest fares in the world. I will continue to work with TfL to cut waste and inefficiency, and deliver the affordable and world-class transport system Londoners deserve.”
London Underground’s managing director Mark Wild said: “There will be no impact on our extremely high standards of maintenance and we will be working closely with Amey over the next 18 months to ensure a smooth transition.”