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Tube line upgrades delayed by four years as a result of Bombardier fiasco

Responding to the TfL announcement on future upgrade works for the Circle, Metropolitan, District and Hammersmith & City lines, London Assembly Transport Spokesperson Val Shawcross AM said:

“The idea that the Mayor thinks today’s announcement is something to boast about is stunning. Not only are these upgrades now expected to complete four years later than planned, the new contract comes after the Mayor and TfL wasted over £85m of taxpayer money on the disastrous failure of the previous Bombardier deal.

“These lines are already operating ridiculously close to capacity and now we learn that as a result of the Bombardier fiasco, commuters will have to wait an extra four years to see the improvements they were promised.

“TfL have to be one hundred percent clear that they have ironed out all of the details on this deal, the absolute last thing anyone wants to see is a re-run of the expensive chaos caused when the last deal collapsed.”

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