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Tube contractors urged to up their game

Contractors need to raise their game when it comes to project management and must demonstrate greater leadership from the top, a senior Tube boss said this week.

London Underground capital programmes director David Waboso said that there was still a “slight gap” in terms of “world class leadership” among some of his suppliers.

Speaking at the conference, Waboso praised work being done on high profile projects like the £500M Tottenham Court Road upgrade, but lamented the fact that other contractors it employs were failing to emulate this.

The Tottenham Court Road upgrade is being delivered by a contracting joint venture of Taylor Woodrow and Bam Nuttall.

“I take my hat off to those working on Tottenham Court Road,” he said. “They are doing a phenomenal job. But in [other] cases there is not that breadth and depth of leadership there.”

Waboso cited a recent incident on the Central Line when a piece of pipe left on the track after weekend engineering works disrupted Monday morning rush hour services. The pipe caused a signalling problem that shut the line for 40 minutes.

He said that, despite his personal insistence the track be carefully inspected to ensure it was clear of such obstacles, the inspection was not done - the result of a simple management failure.

He urged suppliers to share his passion, or “heartbeat” for the network.

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