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Metronet: the future is bright

I refer to the story 'Administration costs Metronet 10% of its staff' (NCE 17 July).

Those who read the full interview on which this story was based, would have seen that I was talking about reductions in the civils department, not the entire organisation.

The civils area is running with around 10% fewer staff than we really need.

That is manageable, but we are successfully recruiting to fill the remaining 30 vacancies and will have positions for 100 more people in our maintenance, projects and inspections teams over the next 18 months.

I am very proud of my team and what it has achieved. Metronet's civils organisation is an exciting place to work with a £90M programme for 2008/09 that is bigger than it's ever been.

Civils has a secure future because it plays a vital role in the maintenance of what is the world's oldest metro system.

Metronet offers very good career support and progression, as well as the opportunity to gain wide experience in interesting work across a diverse range of activities and assets. There are also very good benefits, including a final salary pension and extensive travel benefits.

DAVID SOCKETT, head of civils, Metronet Rail, Windsor House, 42-50 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0TL

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