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London Underground

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 22 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2003, Official Report, column 47W, on London Underground, if he will provide the whole year figures for 2002–03. [115149]

This is an operational matter for London Underground who have provided the information set out in the following table.

London Underground rolling stock, track and signal failures by line
Line2002–03 rolling stock failures2002–03 track and signals failures
Circle/Hammersmith and City2,045431
East London9977
Waterloo and City8638

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he estimates passengers will experience improvements in (a) reliability and (b) comfort under the PPP contracts for the London Underground. [115587]

Tube Lines have announced that, for the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines, within the first 12 months of the contract they will be cutting delays by nearly 10 per cent., saving passengers some 430,000 hours. They have also improved the cleaning regime implementing deep cleans of trains and stations much more frequently than before. At the same time they are beginning the long-term work to upgrade the lines and increase capacity, including additional rolling stock for the Jubilee Line to increase train lengths from 6 to 7 cars, and awarding a contract for new signalling systems for the Jubilee and Northern Lines to allow a substantial increase in the service capability on these lines. These new signalling systems should be in place by 2009 and 2011 respectively.For the lines being maintained and modernised by Metronet, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Crewe and Nantwich (Mrs. Dunwoody) on 8 May 2003,

Official Report, column 830W.