Tube sponsorship

30 October 2013

Mick Whelan reckons the Tories' latest wheeze in London - sponsoring the Tube - is travelling the wrong way on the Underground.

He spoke out after Conservatives in the London Assembly claimed that sponsorship - as in sport, such as the Premier league and Formula 1 motor racing - was the right way for TfL to go.

Tories are keen for the world famous names of Tube lines and stations in London to be changed to accommodate big brands. They say the money raised could help keep down fares although Transport for London says the cost of changing maps and signs makes the plan unfeasible.

Mick, general secretary of the train drivers’ union ASLEF, which represents drivers on the London Underground, said: ‘Even Boris Johnson realises sponsoring lines and stations is not the way forward for the London Underground. What happens when the sponsors withdraw? And who says that such extra revenue would be put to holding fares down anyway?’

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