Newslinks | 26th June 2007

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Delays on Metronet Tube lines 'are getting worse' "[An Evening Standard] poll of rush-hour passengers showed that more than half had experienced more delays in the past 12 months than in the previous year.

"The commuters said the most common causes were over-running works, signal failures and track problems." [from This Is London]

Speed camera fines reach £114.6m

According to BBC figures, Londoners paid the most money in speed camera fines, handing over £9.45m in the past year alone. [from BBC News Online]

Metronet decision expected by Christmas

"A crucial decision over the funding of a £17bn London Underground maintenance project could be reached by Christmas, amid doubts over the future of the contractor in charge of the work.

"Metronet has indicated that it will seek a review of its public-private partnership deal to upgrade three-quarters of the tube network after running up an estimated overspend bill of more than £1.5bn. It is understood that the financial overshoot, which relates to two PPP contracts operated by Metronet, is now at least double the previous official estimate of £750m." [from the Guardian]

And news from around the world...

Parliamentarians in Cape Town are worried that the transport legacy that the Government was hoping for following the 2010 World Cup will not be delivered:

"MPs are... worried about the lack of progress in planning in some cities and have made recommendations for urgent action by the government.

"The National Assembly’s transport portfolio committee found after visiting eight host cities that the level of planning in some, particularly in the smaller ones, left a lot to be desired.

"Germany’s Soccer World Cup local organising committee had a team of 80 full-time transport specialists, while London, which is preparing for the 2012 Olympic Games, has a similar number." [from Business Day]