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Metronet chief defends company over poor PPP performance


TUBE CONTRACTOR Metronet defended its performance on the London Underground this week and said all major capital programmes, apart from the station upgrades, are on time and budget.

Metronet CEO Andrew Lezala told NCE that criticisms contained in London Underground's report into the public private partnership (PPP) last week were justified. But he said that the organisation is working hard to improve performance (see Viewpoint page 13).

The report criticised the organisation for its poor performance speci lly for its failure to deliver on renewals and maintenance of the District Line (News last week) 'One area of recent criticism was the delay in track-stressing operations at 165 sites on the open Tube network, primarily on the District and Metropolitan lines, ' Lezala said.

The company was ned £2.2M after speed restrictions had to be implemented on the network after Metronet failed to carry out the work (NCE 25 May).

'This issue hit the headlines in May following the introduction of a new track-testing regime in the winter, which identied four times the number of faults. And every time a fault is fixed the track has to be re-stressed.

'The volume of faults found was large. Unfortunately, with a cold March, we were not able to complete this work in time for the first of the hot weather and frankly we were slow to plan in the recovery resources. As of last week, all of this work has now been completed.

'The cold facts remain that Metronet's PPP contracts are now delivering over £3M of new investment for the Tube every day. The PPP is working - as it was designed to do, ' he said.

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