Raft of hirings as consortia vie to run Underground

Lexington Communications is understood to have won the public affairs brief for Metronet, one of the five consortia preparing to bid for the contract to run London Underground. Another of the consortia competing for the work, LINC, is on the verge of hiring a public affairs adviser.

Lexington Communications is understood to have won the public

affairs brief for Metronet, one of the five consortia preparing to bid

for the contract to run London Underground. Another of the consortia

competing for the work, LINC, is on the verge of hiring a public affairs

adviser.



Roger Shire Communications, headed by the former communications chief of

Railtrack, British Rail and London Underground Roger Shire, is handling

Metronet’s corporate PR.



The Waterfront Partnership, which specialises in transport lobbying, was

brought on board 18 months ago by another of the consortia,

TubeRail.



Meanwhile Bell Pottinger has been appointed to represent London

Transport, which owns the underground, during its partial

privatisation.



The consortia face a hard battle for the contract. The other two

competitors are NewMetro and Tube Lines Group.



First London Underground will choose which bid is ’the best value for

money’, assisted by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Then John Prescott’s office

will have the final decision on the 30-year contract.



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