JUBILEE LINE EXTENSION boss Hugh Doherty has been forced to reorganise management on the £2.76bn rail project as pressure grows to meet the September 1998 opening date.
Significantly, the new structure appears to assume that the planned high-tech moving block signalling system will not now be complete in time to run the trains into the new millennium (NCE 15 January).
Responsibility for ensuring the troubled signalling system is ready for September's partial opening has been delegated to a dedicated team headed up by David Waboso, on secondment to JLE from Nicholls. His task is to ensure the modified temporary system will deliver 17 trains per hour between Stratford and Waterloo by September 1998.
Working in parallel, a second JLE team headed by Ian Jones will upgrade the temporary signal system to carry 24 trains an hour in preparation for moving to full opening by the millennium.
And Doherty's reshuffle also focuses on completing delayed mechanical and electrical work within the project's stations. Organising, prioritising and cajoling the subcontractors into completing vital escalators, ventilation systems and lighting will now be overseen by a team led by electrical and mechanical specialist Tom Clay, reporting directly to project manager Mike Smith.
'By bringing in senior people there will be less scope for hiding behind issues,' said Doherty.