Tube consortium LINC set to appoint lobby agency

The LINC consortium, one of five groups bidding for contracts to upgrade parts of London’s Underground network, is close to appointing a public affairs consultancy in the run-up to the Government allocation of contracts next year.

The LINC consortium, one of five groups bidding for contracts to

upgrade parts of London’s Underground network, is close to appointing a

public affairs consultancy in the run-up to the Government allocation of

contracts next year.



It is understood that LINC has been in discussions with several major

agencies and that, while no final decision has been made, Shandwick is

tipped to win the account.



The bulk of LINC’s PR work will be done in-house but the agency will

provide strategic public affairs advice to the LINC board.



LINC comprises construction firm John Mowlem, French telecoms giant

Alcatel, Anglian Water, Bombardier Prorail and Fluor Daniel.



Neither Shandwick nor LINC would confirm an appointment, but a LINC

spokesman said talks with Shandwick and others were ongoing and a

decision would be made in the near future.



Metronet, one of the other four consortia shortlisted for the estimated

pounds 7 billion contract, handed its public affairs brief to Lexington

Communications two weeks ago (PR Week, 12 November). Transport

specialist The Waterfront Partnership was appointed by a third

consortium, TubeRail, 18 months ago.



The successful consortium will form part of a public-private partnership

with London Underground, to maintain and improve the infrastructure of

six deep-level Tube lines. The Circle, District, Metropolitan, East

London and Hammersmith and City sub-surface lines are the subject of

separate negotiations between London Underground and track and stations

owner Railtrack.



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