Assembly quiz rail bosses over �108m London transport cuts

RAIL bosses are in for a grilling over future of the ageing Underground in the face of the new coalition Government’s swingeing �108 million cuts to London’s public transport. London Assembly members from 10am are questioning plans to bring the upgrade’ back in-house

By Mike Brooke

RAIL bosses are in for a grilling this-morning over future of the ageing Underground in the face of the new coalition Government's swingeing �108 million cuts to London's public transport.

London Assembly members are questioning proposals to bring the Underground 'upgrade' back 'in-house and want to know what it means in timing and costs.

Questions are also likely to be asked about progress on finishing the 'Overground' orbital network surrounding central London.

The Assembly's Transport committee will quiz London Underground's managing director Mike Brown for an hour from 10am about plans to end the �30 billion 'public-private partnership' and take control of Tube Lines' contracts for upgrading the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines.

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The Committee then discusses improvements to London's orbital network with TfL and passenger groups.

They include London Rail Managing Director Ian Brown, London TravelWatch research chief Tim Bellenger, North Orbital Rail Partnership secretary Peter Staveley, Barking-Gospel Oak Line User Group's Richard Pout, Save the South London Line campaign's John Stewart and West London Line Group chairman Mark Balaam.

The public hearing from 10am at City Hall, near Tower Bridge, can be viewed on the London Assembly's webcast. The agenda is also available online here.

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