Tube Lines appoints PA chief to boost reputation

Tube Lines, the private London Underground maintenance consortium, has hired Paul Lehmann as its first head of public affairs as it attempts to shore up its reputation among politicians.

He reports to Tube Lines director of communications Louise Brooker-Carey. ‘I will devise a programme – which is primarily about education and shaping opinions – to inform political stakeholders about what Tube Lines does,’ said Lehmann.

He is likely to have extensive dealings with the Department for Transport and the Greater London Authority.

Lehmann joins from Citigate Public Affairs, where he spent five years, latterly as an associate director. Prior to that he worked in the parliamentary office of Leicester East MP Keith Vaz.

Tube Lines, which manages the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines, uses

Weber Shandwick GJW for media relations support.

As part of its £4.4bn investment over the next seven and a half years, it

has committed to add a seventh car to all Jubilee Line trains and modernise 97 of the 100 stations under its remit.

One of Tube Lines’s consortium owners is Jarvis, the contracting company whose reputation is still reeling from the Potters Bar rail crash.

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