ASLEF slams TfL waste of money

24 October 2014

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers' union, has hit out at Transport for London for wasting taxpayers' money after it coughed up £80 million to a company which failed to deliver on an important contract. “Three years ago Bombardier were awarded the contract to replace and upgrade the signalling on the sub-surface railway, which includes the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines on the London Underground. By December last year it was clear that Bombardier was not going to deliver and the decision was taken to cancel the contract. But I don't understand why TfL wants to reward failure rather than success. It's outrageous that TfL are wasting millions of pounds of taxpayers' and passengers' money.” The London Assembly Transport Committee has also said it was surprised and disappointed that TfL paid Bombardier to end the signalling contract for sub-surface lines. The committee asked why the company's “woeful failure” was rewarded with “a fat cheque”.

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