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Many more engineers will be needed to monitor LUL upgrade says TfL

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TRANSPORT FOR London (TfL) will more than treble London Underground's (LUL) engineering workforce so that it can monitor the Tube upgrade, London transport commissioner Bob Kiley claimed this week.

He said that TfL would need to increase inspection engineers and quadruple contract managers so that it can manage the privately financed Tube upgrade effectively.

TfL takes over responsibility for London Underground after the public private partnership deal is signed this year.

'They are estimates based on our discussions with London Underground, ' said a TfL spokesman.

But LUL refuted the claims this week saying it had been operating a shadow PPP structure since September 1999.

Under this, LUL's operations are split into three track and train infracos, responsible for the same areas of the network, to be operated by private consortia under the PPP. A separate division is also responsible for train and station operations.

'Our safety case which is being assessed by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) details our organisational structures and, no doubt, HSE would let us know if it foresaw a need for more personnel, ' said an LUL spokeswoman.

But TfL claimed that LUL was still an 'integrated organisation' and that when it was formally broken into four parts after the PPP deals are signed, far more engineers would be needed.

'It will be completely different when it actually is broken up - much closer monitoring will be needed, ' said a TfL spokesman.

'LUL's estimates of the amount of engineers needed are conservative.'

TfL claims track inspectors will need to treble to ensure that upgrade work meets standards set out in the PPP contracts.

A quadrupling of contract managers was also needed to monitor the 'complex' performance regime which will determine how much the infracos are paid. All contracts; first 7.5 years Stabilise delays Tackle signalling pinch points Repair escalators Some stations refurbished Asset improvement programme for bridges, embankments and signalling Bakerloo, Central and Victoria lines 47 new trains to come into service by 2008 New signalling system installed by 2004 46 Central Line stations to be refurbished by 2008 Central Line signals to be upgraded by 2005 10 stations refurbished on the Bakerloo Line by 2005 7.5km of new track for Bakerloo Line by 2005 Subsurface lines 1,362 train cars replaced within 12 years Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines Jubilee Lline platfoms to be extended to take longer trains by end of 2008 Jubilee Line signals to be overhauled by 2008 Total signalling overhaul on Northern Line by 2010 Piccadilly Line to get 92 new trains by 2013

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