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London Underground

Volume 405: debated on Monday 12 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Home Office, (b) the British Transport Police and (c) Transport for London regarding crime on the District line in the London Borough of Havering; and if he will make a statement. [110550]

My right hon. Friend and ministerial colleagues meet representatives of these bodies periodically to discuss a variety of relevant matters.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what basis the selection of the preferred bidders was made in respect of London Undergrounds public private partnership. [110811]

Negotiation of the PPP was the responsibility of London Underground and its parent body, London Regional Transport. The London Transport Board selected preferred bidders in 2001 for all three PPPs following a rigorous assessment process. London Transport published London Underground Limited Public Private Partnership: Final Assessment Report in February 2002, which describes bid evaluation for the PPP.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to prevent a recurrence of the recent disruption to services on the Central Line of the London Underground. [111739]

Both the Health and Safety Executive and London Underground are conducting detailed investigations into the causes of the derailment at Chancery Lane on 25 January. The London Transport Users Committee is holding an inquiry to consider whether total closure of the line was the only reasonable option following the incident and whether services could have been restored more quickly. Once these have concluded, we shall be looking, with LU, at what lessons can be learned to further improve both safety and service resilience in the future and ensuring that a programme is put in place to implement them.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many units of new rolling stock Metronet are to receive; and when they are due to be delivered. [110809]

I understand that Metronet have announced that they will be providing a fleet of 47 new eight car trains for the Victoria Line. The first of these will enter service in 2009 (with prototypes running from 2006) and the entire upgrade will be completed by August 2012. The Sub Surface Lines will receive 190 new trains, the first on the Metropolitan Line in 2009, with new trains coming off the production line at the rate of one every 10 days. A new fleet of trains will also be built for the Bakerloo Line by 2019.