Tube upgrade needs agency

Transport for London (TfL) is expected to issue a brief for help in promoting controversial upgrades to the Tube.

Tube upgrades on several lines
Tube upgrades on several lines

It was revealed this week that upgrades on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines of the London Underground will cause a funding gap of more than £3bn.

TfL has blamed the Government and said the Treasury would have to step in.

A senior industry source said: ‘The brief is about TfL promoting its work to upgrade the Tube – which is important now that it is effectively doing Metronet’s work.’

TfL lead senior press officer Adi Frost said that TfL had not yet issued a brief, but she declined to comment on whether it had any plans to do so in the future.

Metronet, the contractor that was maintaining two-thirds of the Tube, collapsed last year after building up
a projected overspend of at least £2bn.

TfL currently uses a roster of agencies, comprising Freud Communications, Fishburn Hedges, London Communications Agency, Porter Novelli and Weber Shandwick.

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