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Labour clash with Boris over rail closures weekend after weekend

PUBLISHED: 00:16 23 May 2009 | UPDATED: 14:23 05 October 2010

Biggs goes head-to-head with Boris (inset) over Tube hold-ups

Biggs goes head-to-head with Boris (inset) over Tube hold-ups

Carmen Valino

OUTSPOKEN London Assembly member John Biggs has forced a meeting with Boris Johnson to try and tackle yet more closures of the Jubilee Underground line every weekend this summer. He’s furious that the Mayor is giving in to contractors who asked for extended weekend closures after falling behind with improvement works

By Mike Brooke

OUTSPOKEN London Assembly member John Biggs has forced a meeting with Boris Johnson to try and tackle yet more closures of the Jubilee Underground line almost every weekend this summer.

He’s furious that the Mayor is giving in to contractors who asked for extended weekend closures after falling behind with improvement works.

Now he claims to have cornered’ Boris who he says had been refusing to meet him to thrash out the issue.

THWARTED

“People checking their travel plans beforehand are thwarted when alternatives are also closed,” Biggs told the Mayor during City Hall Question Time.

“What causes problems is several lines suspended at the same time.”

He cited the District and Jubilee lines closed or part-closed over the same weekend, the DLR and Jubilee Line closed simultaneously and even at the same time as parts of the National Rail network.

POOR MANAGEMENT

“Transport for London’s poor project management will paralyse the East End,” the City & East London member continued.

“Boris needs to stand up to the engineers—and for the people he represents.”

Biggs kept asking for a meeting. Now he says Boris has accepted his invitation to put their heads together to work out better co-ordination of closures and provide alternative travel.


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