Being reminded by Robert Hardy's letter (NCE 21 March), I would like to offer my comment in support of Bob Kiley's opinion. I too think that the organisation responsible for operation and performance of London Underground lines should also bear full responsibility for maintenance and repair.
I must say, I find the very existence of the question surprising: I would have thought it self-evident that responsibilities for operation and maintenance cannot sensibly be separated. Might not this be a proper subject for formal expert advice by the Institution?
The ICE has long maintained its stance as a 'learned society'.
More recently, the Engineering Council was formed to represent the interests and opinions of engineers more authoritatively and comprehensively than could individual institutions. In addition, I learn that the Construction Industry Council is the 'industry's interface with government'.
I respectfully suggest that one or all of these organisations should give such advice, or at the very least, set out clearly the technical and contractual merits and demerits of the courses of action which have been proposed.
John K Sykes, retired member, Western House, 128a Western Road, Tring, Herts HP23 4BJ