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LUL managers 'unfairly blamed' for Tube overruns


LONDON UNDERGROUND managers this week hit back at claims from three of the four main mayoral candidates that they were unable to deliver projects on time and to budget.

White collar union TSSA accused the candidates of focusing on Tube management rather than tackling funding shortfalls for the Tube upgrade.

Labour candidate Frank Dobson, Independent Ken Livingstone and the Conservative's Steve Norris told MPs on the Commons transport sub committee last week that they would sack LUL managers responsible for cost and time overruns.

'Generally speaking, LUL management has been poor for some time,' Dobson told the committee. He said this was why the refurbishment of Mornington Crescent station and the construction of the new Hillingdon station had overrun by 40%.

Livingstone also said he was 'quite prepared to sack people' to bring in politically accountable managers capable of running the system. 'I don't think there is anyone like that there now,' he said.

Norris also promised a management shake up, expressing dissatisfaction with LUL management.

But the TSSA spokesman said the candidates had unfairly blamed LUL managers who he said had been hampered by annually allocated funds, which prevented long term project planning.

He added that the planned public private partnership for the Tube would also reduce political accountability for the network as private managers would not be as accountable as public employees.

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