METRONET HAS hinted that it may be about to adopt a Tube Lines-style of working in order to accelerate its work programmes.
Most of Metronet's workload is currently carried out by its shareholders Atkins, Balfour Beatty and Bombardier Transportation.
In contrast Tube Lines acts largely as a programme manager with the bulk of work contracted out.
A review of Metronet's performance by PPP Arbiter Chris Bolt is likely to recommend the adoption of Tube Lines' approach.
Metronet asked the regulator to give guidance as to whether or not the company has performed its activities in an overall efficient and economic manner and in accordance with good industry practice in May.
It has already seen a draft of Bolt's report, with a final report expected next week. This week it said that taking on the Tube Lines methodology 'might be one approach'.