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Tube Lines purchase resulted in 700 job cuts, says Hendy

Transport for London (TfL) commissioner Peter Hendy yesterday said that 700 jobs had been shed as a result of its purchase of Tube upgrade contractor Tube Lines last summer.

Speaking at a meeting at the London Assembly, Hendy said the job cuts were a part of TfL’s efficiency improvements and blasted the Tube PPP for paying people just to “argue with each other”.

“We’re not wasting hundreds of people’s work on the PPP anymore,” he said. “There are something like 700 jobs that have come out of both Tube Lines and London Underground, which were people by and large paid out of public funds in order to argue with each other - many of them on quite expensive salaries.”

At the time of the £310M purchase by TfL, London mayor Boris Johnson said the deal was “excellent news” for London.

“Freed from the perverse pressures of the Byzantine PPP structure, I am confident that LU and private contractors are more than capable of delivering the improvements to London’s transport network we need, on time and on budget,” he said.

However, nearly three years on from its takeover of the collapsed PPP contractor Metronet, Hendy said TfL was still suffering difficulties.

He said that recent severe delays on the Victoria Line were caused by arrangements that dated back to the Metronet PPP. This included arrangements that meant new trains on the line went through only 8km of test runs before going into service, by when some faltered due to hyper-sensitive door sensors that meant train doors were sometimes left open in tunnels.




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