Bombardier blunder costs the public

At the last Transport Committee for the calendar year, we heard how the contract blunder by TfL when hiring Bombardier with the new signals contract for the Hammersmith & Circle, Circle, District lines ( known as the sub-surface lines ) in Central London will cost £ 1.15 billion more and passengers will face a five year delay for these planned upgrades on the oldest parts of the Tube system.

Also in November, the government announced its grant to TfL for their annual spend is being cut entirely, and the government also reduced the capital funding by 20 per cent in London to redistribute in the rest of the country.

This double whammy, will be borne by the travelling public in delays to the works of some 5 years from 2018 to 2023 and TfL having to find another £4 billion to cope with under estimates for the sub-surface rail upgrades and reduced central government funding.

So clearly some hard decisions will have to be made by the New Mayor after the Mayoral contest.

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