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Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the timetable is for Metronet's planned upgrade and refurbishment of their London Underground lines; [110810] (2) when the proposed refurbishment of the Bakerloo line will commence. [110808]

Under the contracts drawn up between Metronet and London Underground the work to upgrade and refurbish parts of the London Underground will be carried out as a rolling programme across the network. Metronet have already announced that in the first year of the contracts, enabling works will start on the upgrading of the Victoria Line, and the design for the new trains to be introduced on that line will also begin. Metronet will be spending around £1 billion on maintenance and capital projects in each of the first three years. I understand that initiatives to improve asset availability are expected to improve the overall reliability of all assets by 10 per cent. by the end of the first year, and by around 30 per cent. on the subsurface lines and 20 per cent. on their deep tube lines by the end of the third year. Metronet is committed to increasing the number of trains available for service on the Central Line in 2004 and again in 2005, and on the Bakerloo and Victoria Lines in 2005. Around 36 stations will have been refurbished and a further 10 modernised by the end of the third year of the contracts.

The contracts set out the latest date by which the upgrading work can be completed for each line as follows:
LineLatest completion date
Bakerloo31 March 2020
Central4 March 2006
Victoria17 August 2013
Waterloo and City3 March 2007
Subsurface Lines3 March 2018 Southern Section,
28 February 2015 Northern Section
However, London Underground and Metronet are committed to upgrading these lines well before these deadlines.