Newslinks | 14th June 2007

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Metronet insists London Underground should pay for PPP overruns "Troubled tube operator Metronet continues to claim that London Underground should pay for most of the £750m cost overruns in its public private partnership contract.

"According to the construction press, Metronet insists it did not signed a fixed price contract. It claims the project’s costs increased when London Underground widened the scope of the work." [from Public Private Finance]

£8.5bn upgrade 'will not ease train crowding'

"Overcrowding on one of Britain's major railway lines will not be cured, despite more than £8.5 billion being spent on the project, MPs warned today.

"The all-party Public Accounts Committee also warned that passengers using the revamped London to Glasgow West Coast mainline face dearer tickets unless they have access to the internet, with discounted tickets hard to find away from a computer screen." [from the Telegraph]

Olympic inspectors try out Javelin high speed rail link

"London's Olympic Javelin rail service has successfully completed a test run with members of the International Olympic Committee on board.

"Yesterday the 16 men and women who make up the IOC's team of co-ordination commission inspectors took a train journey from Stratford International to St Pancras International as part of an inspection to make sure London's transport preparations for the 2012 Games are on schedule. In 2005 the IOC travelled through the same rail tunnel in Land Rovers prior to track laying and five months before London's successful bid for the Games was announced in Singapore in July 2005." [from Transport Briefing]

Assembly refers Kiley payments to spending watchdog

"The London Assembly has passed a motion referring payments to London's former transport commissioner Bob Kiley to the Audit Commission for further scrutiny.

"In an interview printed in the Evening Standard earlier this year Kiley was quoted as saying: "If you ask me what I actually do to earn my consultancy, I'd have to tell you, in all honesty, not much." "

Campaigners trawl Tube for papers

"Green campaigners have spent the day collecting freesheet newspapers discarded on the Tube to highlight the issue of recycling.

"Volunteers from Project Freesheet collected 1,500 copies of the Metro, thelondonpaper and London Lite left by London Underground passengers." [from BBC News Online]