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London Underground upgrade

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London's transport commissioner Bob Kiley and transport secretary Stephen Byers were meeting as NCE went to press to discuss the future of government plans to upgrade London Underground using private finance. Kiley has been trying to adapt the plans to give 'unified management control' on the grounds of safety, but preferred bidders for the work have dismissed his changes saying that they do not represent a true public private partnership (PPP). It is widely expected that Byers will press on with the PPP plans, spelling the end of negotiations between Kiley and the bidders.

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