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East London Line to go private.

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Loneranger
Joined 29-10-2005
Posted on Friday, 05 May, 2006 - 07:39 am:   

Apparently a leaked TFL memo shows when the East London Line + extension opens in 2009 it will be run by a private company. Seems to have been already quietly decided by those in charge, ggod to see we have open and transparent governing bodies.
Roz
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Friday, 05 May, 2006 - 08:07 am:   

Is it not under the PPP like the rest of the tube? Is this what you mean, or do you mean a company like Southern?
Loneranger
Joined 29-10-2005
Posted on Friday, 05 May, 2006 - 09:04 am:   

According to BBC London:-

The Tube's East London Line is to shut for two years to allow for a major 1bn upgrade.

A leaked London Underground memo shows plans for it to be the first Tube line to be run by the private sector, once work is completed in 2009.

Once completed it will be handed to a private operator in 2009 when it will be tied into services on the overland North London Line - creating a new franchise.

Currently only the Docklands Light Railway is run by a private operator - with Transport for London overseeing the contract.

Looks like a franchise like Southern?

See link for more info.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/4969262. stm
Hilltopgeneral
Joined 24-03-2004
Posted on Friday, 05 May, 2006 - 09:52 am:   

What people do not seem to appreciate despite it being public knowledge (no secret memos or anything, it is all on the relevant websites) is that once extended the East London Line will not be part of the Tube. It is to be handed over to the national railways. Hence the order for new trains, etc.
Bosco
Joined 16-07-2004
Posted on Friday, 05 May, 2006 - 11:17 am:   

Agreed HTG - this info has been in the public domain for absolutely ages.

and as for the Doomsayers - DLR is privately run and while I do not use it very regularly when I do I am always impressed with the service.
Les
Joined 28-01-2004
Posted on Friday, 05 May, 2006 - 10:55 pm:   

Yes - the major part of the engineering work is making the existing running lines fit for 'Networker' style as seen on the SE side of London Bridge station. It won't look like a tube at Forest Hill, but the service intervals will be pretty hot.
Baggydave
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Thursday, 11 May, 2006 - 05:44 pm:   

Free enterprise rules OK. Private sector = Good, public sector = bad. Ken's got it right at last.
Hilltopgeneral
Joined 24-03-2004
Posted on Thursday, 11 May, 2006 - 06:13 pm:   

Think it's more a question of private sector = only way to afford it, now that the straightforward way of the government just paying for things has gone so much out of fashion.

I did used to get to go home nice and early when in worked in the public sector though.
Baggydave
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Friday, 12 May, 2006 - 03:47 pm:   

Ken has lost the plot being dead against privitisation and now championing it. It brings benefits but also has it's failings, and a state run option could be made to work if there was a will. And as for public sector practices I see that they are no longer to have their compulsory long Friday lunch: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4758941.stm
A (serious) shame

Glad to see that this site is becoming a BD and HTG love-in. Takes me back to the good old days before the great purge of March 2005. I'll see you in the MPT, UDB, then HTG
Seeformiles
Joined 09-04-2005
Posted on Friday, 12 May, 2006 - 09:38 pm:   

I missed the episode that led to the Great Purge unfortunately but I remember a few regulars mysteriously vanishing one day. Forest Hillbilly - I'm guessing you returned under another guise...
Seeformiles
Joined 09-04-2005
Posted on Friday, 12 May, 2006 - 09:40 pm:   

Sorry that was completely off-thread. Did anyone see the London Debate on ITV1 this week? A member of the audience raised the issue of the East London line going private. Can't remember what Ken actually said.


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