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LUL beefs up engineering team to pressure infracos

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LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL) is set to boost its in-house engineering team to press for better performance from the private sector contractors maintaining the Tube.

Revitalising the Tube under the public private partnership (PPP) deal struck two years ago will require 'more creative solutions' from the client, said LUL managing director Tim O'Toole this week.

'This (PPP) was designed to be a passive relationship, ' explained O'Toole. 'But I think the idea that it can be run by LUL without a significant engineering presence was always crazy.

'I think that we have all come to the conclusion that the risk will always be ours - we run the trains, we deal with the people - we shouldn't be shy about offering suggestions, ' he said.

LUL is restructuring its engineering division and has appointed systems integration expert David Waboso to lead it.

Waboso is to join LUL in April, when current director of engineering Keith Beatty moves over to guide LUL's input to the burgeoning Crossrail project.

boso brings direct xperience from his time on the Jubilee Line extension and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

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