Tube Upgrades delayed by 5 years

03 August 2015

Transport for London announced that vital modernisation work on the Circle, District, Hammersmith and City and Metropolitan lines will be delayed following the failure of a £350 million signalling project. The upgrades were due to be completed in 2018 but TfL today announced a revised date of 2023, more than five years late. The new price tag for the signalling work is £760 million.

ASLEF General Secretary Mick Whelan said ‘The blame for this fiasco must land fairly and squarely at the door of Mayor Boris Johnson who has attempted to force through night tube in order to hide the financial profligacy and incompetent project management of his administration over the last seven years.’

Mick added ‘Londoners must be wondering if the Mayor spends enough time on his job and will be dismayed that his lieutenants Mike Brown and Peter Hendy get promoted for failure.’

Mick concluded ‘Maybe it’s just me but TfL must think today is a good day to bury bad news as the focus is on talks between unions and management over the tube dispute.’

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