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Newslinks & Weekend Round-Up | 9th July 2007

The NewsEditor

Aside from the success of the Tour De France in London this weekend, the newspapers have been dominated by more stories regarding Metronet: Metronet chief hails work of rival

"Metronet’s chief executive has admitted the main private contractor on the London Underground should have approached its multi-billion pound station upgrade programme in the same way as Tube Lines, its successful smaller counterpart.

"However, Andrew Lezala insisted Metronet – which last month submitted a demand for London Underground to pay it an extra £992m to cover further liabilities – was facing unexpected cost increases which have not so far applied to Tube Lines. The smaller company is expected to complete the first 7½ years of its 30-year contract to maintain and upgrade the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines near to budget." [from the FT.com]

Metronet says it may be at fault for London Underground derailment

"Metronet, the company undertaking the majority of the maintenance work on London's underground rail network, today admitted it may have caused this morning's derailment of a westbound Central Line tube train.

"Metronet said it is conducting an internal investigation after a roll of tarpaulin stored next to a Central Line tunnel fell on to tracks outside Mile End station, derailing a train." [from Forbes.com]