Jubilee line upgrade bill revealed

By Rob Virtue on August 5, 2011 10:27 AM |


Delayed work on the Jubilee line signaling upgrade has cost London tens of millions of pounds, said London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon.

The leader of the Liberal Democrats in City Hall revealed she had discovered through freedom of information requests over £15million had been lost in ticket revenues.

She also found Transport for London had spent £13m on replacement buses, which came on top of losses incurred by businesses such as The O2 and West End theatres and restaurants.

Ms Pidgeon called on Mayor Boris Johnson to apologise for the losses, which have been added to by delays to the upgrade work meaning more weekend closures, and said he should extend the line's running hours as recompense.

She said: "The upgrade on the Jubilee Line has been a case study in exactly how not to upgrade the tube. I just hope that the Mayor has learnt from these mistakes.

"One small step the Mayor could take to apologise for the Jubilee fiasco is to honour his promise to extend the running hours of this line at weekends.

"He promised he would do this for every tube line. At the very least he should ensure this now happens on the Jubilee Line. After so much pain for users of the Jubilee Line it is time for some gain."