Jubilee line delays rage

POLITICIANS slammed Tube bosses over the ongoing weekend closures of the Jubilee line, saying: Local people have suffered enough. Cllr Daniel Brown, member for highways and transportation and Lib Dem prospective parliamentary candidate for Hampstead an

POLITICIANS slammed Tube bosses over the ongoing weekend closures of the Jubilee line, saying: 'Local people have suffered enough.'

Cllr Daniel Brown, member for highways and transportation and Lib Dem prospective parliamentary candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn, Ed Fordham, criticised Transport for London, which admitted Jubilee line works, due to be completed by the end of October this year, will not be completed until some time next year.

Mr Fordham was out in force with residents and campaigners recently at TfL headquarters, in Victoria, with a list of demands the company should make to ease the pressure of the ongoing closures.

He said: "It is now urgent that TfL address local concerns about the rail replacement services, about co-ordinating the closure programme better, speaking and listening to residents, traders and councillors and crucially addressing a refund for charging for a seven-day Oyster card and only providing a five-day service.


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"They have been killing the bars and clubs of the Kilburn High Road, at the weekends and it's now crucial that they respond. If needs be, we will drag them to the table to discuss this properly - they conduct themselves with arrogance and little regard for the views of the paying passengers."

Cllr Brown said: "I was disappointed that Transport for London could not even tell us when the works will be completed.

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"I pressed TfL to stop the Metropolitan Line trains at Neasden, in addition to Willesden Green when the Jubilee line is closed. Local people have suffered enough and these works should already be completed."

Confusion over who is responsible for the Tube works crisis reigns as TfL blamed Tube Lines, which carries out the maintenance and upgrade of infrastructure on the Jubilee line.

A TfL spokesman said: "As the mayor made clear, it is unacceptable that Tube Lines have not yet provided a credible plan or revised delivery date for the upgrade of the Jubilee line.

"We are demanding, on behalf of Londoners, that they do so, and soon.

"The mayor and TfL reject Tube Lines allegation they have not had enough weekend closures to complete the Jubilee upgrade."

A Tube Lines spokeswoman said: "We have worked with London Underground (LU) nearly five months to get a programme of access agreed so we can complete the Jubilee line upgrade. All independent experts agreed these closures are necessary.

"We are keen to agree a timetable of closures with LU so that early warning to those affected can be given and we can get on and finish the job and deliver a faster and more efficient service."

sofia mitra-thakur@archant.co.uk

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