I note the news story by Nina Lovelace: 'Government Tube plans do not fit mayor's transport strategy' (NCE 9/16 August). It is not true that the public private partnership (PPP) will act as any impediment to the introduction of smartcard ticketing or other integrated ticketing activities.
London Underground (LU) and Transport for London (TfL) are already working closely together on these initiatives and under the PPP LU retains the capability to make any changes to its ticketing systems.
All LU and TfL's ticketing services, including smartcard, are being provided through the Prestige contract which is already in place. PPP contractors are obliged to assist for the Prestige project where relevant, so there will be no extra payment for through ticketing.
Similarly, while customer information systems will in general be delivered by the PPP contractors, LU retains the ability to require the PPP contractors to deliver new facilities consistent with TfL's transport strategy, albeit at cost.
Richard Parry, marketing manager revenue, London Underground, 1st Floor, Wing Over Station, 55 Broadway, London, SW1 H0B