Newslinks | 30th May 2007

The NewsEditor

Tube cooling trials "TUBE chiefs today unveiled plans to install a giant chiller in Oxford Circus station to save millions of passengers from blistering underground temperatures this summer."

"The programme will also trial a new 'bore hole' cooling technology at Stockwell station and new air-cooled trains, as well as more investment in tried and tested technologies." [from The London Paper & TfL]

Alternative transport use booms in Sustainable Travel Towns

"...recent statistics showed that the number of journeys made by cycle in London has increased by 83 per cent since 2000." [from the ETA]

White knight 'won't take over Tube work'

"The London mayor has indicated that Tube Lines, one of two companies that maintain the underground network in a £30bn public private partnership contract, will not take over the rest of the agreement if fellow contractor Metronet collapses.

"Ken Livingstone said Tube Lines might buckle under the pressure of turning around a project that is struggling with cost overruns of at least £750m. Metronet is close to seeking an extraordinary review of the overspend, which could force the company into liquidation if it is ordered to meet the entire cost.

"Tube Lines has been mooted as a white knight for the PPP contracts, because it has delivered its side of the deal on budget. Mr Livingstone said yesterday that he might not turn to the company if Metronet's shareholders walk away from the PPP." [from The Guardian]

ODA signs up Network Rail for Stratford upgrade

"The ODA, which is fully funding and managing the £104m scheme, has signed an implementation agreement for Network Rail to deliver key parts of the project including new lifts to all platforms making the station fully accessible, re-opening a disused subway to create additional access to platforms and make it easier to change between rail, Tube and DLR services, and the widening of platforms to increase capacity." [from Transport Briefing]

Government gives final approval for £1.5bn London Gateway Port

"When completed, the London Gateway port will offer up to seven container vessel berths and a ro-ro facility along 2.7km of quayside on the site of the former Shell oil refinery at Shellhaven." [from Contract Journal]