Preparing for the Tube’s periodic review

30 April 2009  •  Author(s): Andrew Cleaves, Commercial Director, Tube Lines

Tube Lines is responsible for maintaining and modernising the infrastructure on three of the busiest lines on the London Underground – the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines. We are spending nearly £5 billion up until 2010 to improve them as part of the public private partnership (PPP) with London Underground (LU), introduced in 2003.

Built into the 30-year PPP with LU are periodic reviews, the first of which is coming up in mid-2010. The four review periods, each seven-and-a-half years long, allow LU to change its requirements, the scope of work, or Tube Lines’ performance targets. It is also an opportunity to review costing so that savings we have introduced are shared with the public sector but where costs have unavoidably escalated, despite efficient working practices, we get paid fairly going forward.

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