Tube Lines hunts for public affairs chief

Tube Lines is on the hunt for a public affairs chief as it prepares to treble investment on London Underground maintenance and upgrading, by committing more than £4.4bn over the next seven and a half years.

The role will take responsibility for communications with Tube Lines’ stakeholders including London Transport, London Underground and consortium owners Amey, Bechtel and Jarvis.

The addition to Tube Lines’s comms team of nine comes weeks after the appointment of George Hutchinson as director of external affairs. The team is headed by comms director Louise Brooker-Carey.

Hutchinson said emphasis on the public affairs manager role will be to communicate the progress of its work on the Underground’s Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines.

Projects include new signal systems for the Jubilee line by 2009 and Northern line by 2011 and a seventh carriage for all Jubilee trains by 2006. Tube Lines will also add four to six trains an hour to the Piccadilly line and replace 43 miles of track. In addition, 97 of the 100 stations managed by Tube Lines will be refurbished or modernised.

Hutchinson explained the PA manager would require London experience in public affairs with either an in-house or agency background. Headhunter Taylor Bennett is handling the search.

In December 2002, Tube Lines was appointed to look after London Underground’s Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines under the Government’s Public Private Partnerships policy. It is responsible for the maintenance renewal and upgrade of infrastructure.

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