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Newslinks | 19th July 2007

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London Tube Riders Won't Pay for Metronet Collapse, Mayor Says "London Underground passengers, who pay the world's highest cash fares, won't face increased ticket prices after the railway's largest contractor became insolvent, Mayor Ken Livingstone said.

"Metronet Rail, responsible for upgrading two-thirds of London Underground, was put under the control of administrators from Ernst & Young LLP yesterday after it ran out of cash." [from Bloomberg.com]

Tube line staff to go on strike

"Staff on the Bakerloo Tube Line start a 24-hour strike later, after talks failed to resolve a dispute over workers' safety.

"The RMT union opposes the way staff are expected to move passengers from trains north of Queen's Park station." [from BBC News Online]

BAA hands over T5 extension to London Underground

"The London Underground Piccadilly Line extension to Heathrow Terminal 5 was handed over today (18 July) by BAA to London Underground to start trial operations, on time and on budget.

"Tube trains will now run to the station, to ensure that all aspects of the rail service can be operated safely and reliably, ahead of the first passenger services when Terminal 5 opens on 27 March 2008.

"The Piccadilly Line Heathrow Terminal 5 spur is the first extension to the Tube network since the extension of the Jubilee Line to Stratford in 1999. " [from Transport Briefing]