LT press team takes over Jubilee Line PR

The Jubilee Line extension project PR team is being disbanded after London Transport (LT) decided not to renew the team’s contract.

The Jubilee Line extension project PR team is being disbanded after

London Transport (LT) decided not to renew the team’s contract.



The move comes after the management of the pounds 2.75 billion project,

which is due to be opened in three stages starting in spring 1999 and

ending in October 1999, was handed to US company Bechtel.



The company has been brought in amid mounting fears that the line will

not be finished by the year 2000, in time to carry the thousands of

people expected to visit the Millennium Dome.



Last week project director Hugh Doherty resigned, and LT opted to bring

in an outside contractor to give the project a ’final push’.



LT decided that as the project moved from being one of construction to

being a finished railway line, the LT press office should take over.



The Jubilee Line PR department, led by PR manager Richard Humphries,

numbered 16 staff at its peak. Contracts for the final three team

members expired on 25 September.



The PR department had a budget of pounds 5 million between December 1993

and March 1998. It won 14 awards for PR work, including a 1997 Financial

Times business web site of the year public sector award.



Humphries has stayed on to ensure a smooth handover to a team seconded

from the LT PR office.



Jubilee Line PR will now be headed by media relations manager Ann

Laker.



She will oversee a team of three, all brought from the LT press office,

where she was senior press officer.



Laker, a former journalist with the Press Association and national

newspapers including the Sunday Times, reports to LT media relations

manager Philip Carter.



’I aim to get positive, accurate and balanced coverage about the Jubilee

Line extension. I passionately believe it will be a great boon for

London, its residents, businesses and tourists,’ Laker said.



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